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Innovation requires the courage to break new ground. Through the 1000 Ideas Programme, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) promotes high-risk research and exceptional research ideas at Austrian research institutions. As part of the second funding call, 22 ambitious projects will receive support.

To enhance the innovative capacity of Austrian basic research, the FWF supports visionary ideas of researchers working in Austria through the 1000 Ideas Programme. Among the researchers currently receiving funding are, for instance, Uwe Karsten Simon of the University of Graz, who is researching the benefits of experimental teaching for the inclusion of students with autism; Eleni Marina Tomazou of St. Anna Children's Cancer Research Institute, who wants to crack the ribosome code of cancer drug resistance; and quantum researcher Philip Walther of the University of Vienna, who is studying the influence of the Earth's rotation on entangled photon pairs.

“The jury was very impressed by the quality and variety of the proposals submitted. The 22 projects selected for funding cover a wide spectrum of creative ideas which have the potential to positively transform their respective research areas for the benefit of society”, said chairman of the jury, James W. Kirchner, summing up the second call for proposals.

FWF President Gattringer: Promoting exceptional research

Participation in the second call was nearly the same as the first, with 270 researchers submitting proposals. The average amount of funding requested as part of the second call is EUR 150,000, and the project durations range between 16 and 24 months. “In addition to high scientific/scholarly quality, the 1000 Ideas Programme of the Austrian Science Fund specifically supports projects that also take risks. We thus want to encourage and enable research that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines”, explains FWF President Christof Gattringer.

The 22 researchers receiving funding and their research institutions

  • Federico Baltar, Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology / University of Vienna
  • Wolfgang Bogner, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine / Medical University of Vienna
  • Tobias Eisenberg, Institute of Molecular Biosciences / University of Graz
  • Alexa Färber, Department of European Ethnology / University of Vienna
  • Wolfgang Göderle, Institute of History / University of Graz
  • Florian Grebien, Institute of Medical Biochemistry / University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
  • Florian Halbritter, CCRI Children’s Cancer Research Institute / St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung GmbH
  • Ludger Hengst, Biocenter Innsbruck / Medical University of Innsbruck
  • Alexander Hüttenhofer, Biocenter Innsbruck / Medical University of Innsbruck
  • Robert Kourist, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology / Graz University of Technology
  • Hans Marx, Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology / University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Ulrich Meyer, Department of Sociology / Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • Christof Miska, Institute for International Business / Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Alexander Opitz, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics / Vienna University of Technology
  • Ronald Ortner, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology / Montanuniversität Leoben
  • Vikas Remesh, Department of Experimental Physics / University of Innsbruck
  • Dimitra Sakoula, Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science / University of Vienna
  • Rafael Schögler, Department of Translation Studies (ITAT) / University of Graz
  • Uwe Karsten Simon, Institute of Biology / University of Graz
  • Eleni Marina Tomazou, CCRI Children’s Cancer Research Institute / St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung GmbH
  • Laura Vana, Institute for Finance, Banking and Insurance / Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Philip Walther, Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information / University of Vienna


Next funding call in autumn 2021

The next call for proposals for the 1000 Ideas Programme will start in autumn 2021. The project proposals are submitted in anonymous form and then selected in part at random and evaluated in a double-blind procedure by an international jury of 20 experts under the chairmanship of James W. Kirchner (ETH Zurich). Afterwards, the FWF Board will take the funding decisions based on the panel’s recommendations.

For further information, see »1000 Ideas Programme.

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