The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Polish funding organisation NCN (National Science Centre/Narodowe Centrum Nauki) signed an agreement in spring 2018 which for the first time makes it possible to fund closely integrated, Austrian-Polish research projects (joint projects). NCN, which is located in Krakow, was founded in 2010 and is the largest Polish funding organisation in the area of scientific research. As of now, researchers from Austria and Poland can submit applications for joint projects from all areas of scientific/scholarly research. The FWF as the lead agency is responsible for the review of the joint project proposals. If the FWF approves the project for funding, NCN will fund the Polish part of the project. The flexible nature of the cooperation can also be seen by the fact that proposals can be submitted at any time regardless of deadlines.

This new funding opportunity with NCN is part of the FWF’s efforts to enhance its network of European funding partner organisations and in future to further strengthen the cooperation within it. In addition to its long-standing trilateral cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the FWF and NCN plan to work together with funding organisations from Slovenia (ARRS) and the Czech Republic (GA ČR) as part of the “CEUS– Central European Science Partnership” to develop new funding options for research communities within Central European countries.

Further information can be found in the “information for applicants” which can be downloaded at


Christoph Bärenreuter

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