The COVID-19 crisis has also placed cutting-edge research in an exceptional situation: on the one hand, many colleagues are currently conducting intensive research und playing a key role in dealing with the crisis. At the same time, the federal government’s emergency measures have severely limited the ability to plan and implement projects.

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is attempting to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on researchers by offering a range of quick and flexible solutions in the different programmes. At the same time, the introduction of urgent funding is intended to accelerate the initiation of new research projects into existential crises.

Flexible solutions for researchers and applicants

Currently, there are new policies on submissions, project durations, reimbursement and travel cancellations. You can find all the information on this in the continuously updated COVID-19 FAQ.

You can also get an overview of these changes in the current letter of the FWF Executive Board to all FWF principal investigators: letter of 26 March 2020 as a PDF
(pdf, 441KB)

Submission open on 6 April 2020: urgent funding for coronavirus-related research projects

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is calling on researchers to submit project proposals for research into humanitarian crises such as epidemics and pandemics within its existing programmes but as part of a new fast track procedure. Proposals on relevant topics can be submitted to the following programmes on a rolling basis: Stand-Alone Projects, Clinical Research Programme, International Projects (FWF as the lead agency), Lise Meitner Programme, as well as Erwin Schrödinger Fellowships Abroad.

For detailed information, please visit: Urgent Funding for Research into Humanitarian Crises Like Epidemics and Pandemics (News) and Urgent Funding SARS-CoV-2 (Programme description)

We are happy to be at your service – current availability

At the moment, you can reach your FWF contact person by telephone between 9 am and 1 pm. We apologise in advance that even during these hours, our availability by phone may be limited. Requests by email can be made at any time, as usual. You can find all the contact details for the respective funding programme online here.

Please note that the building of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is currently closed to the public and therefore no documents can be submitted in person. Please send us your documents preferably by e-mail or by post.

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(Last updated: Wednesday, 8 April)

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