Research means exploring new horizons. It is often unconventional approaches that lead to groundbreaking innovations. Through the 1000 Ideas Programme, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) funds highly original research ideas in Austria. The third call for proposals is now open.
The declared aim of the 1000 Ideas Programme is to enhance the innovative power of Austrian basic research by enabling researchers at Austrian research institutions to implement their visionary ideas. “If you don’t go beyond what you already know and think outside the box, you’ll never discover anything new”, explains the chair of the jury, James W. Kirchner of ETH Zürich, who encourages researchers to “explain creative ideas in a clear and understandable manner—for experts of other disciplines as well—and submit your proposals”.
Putting original and risky ideas into practice
A crucial factor in receiving funding through the 1000 Ideas Programme is that the research idea must exhibit a high degree of scholarly and transformative potential. This can definitely involve challenging conventional understandings of the respective discipline and—in the best case—can represent a major advance in the specific field. The programme enables researchers to implement particularly original or high-risk project ideas which cannot be funded as part of other funding programmes. In addition to high scientific/scholarly quality, the 1000 Ideas Programme of the Austrian Science Fund specifically supports projects that also take risks.
Submissions possible until 13 January 2022
In view of the great interest and the by now proven concept, the FWF is now opening the third call for proposals under the 1000 Ideas Programme. Proposals can be submitted until 13 January 2022. The project proposals submitted in anonymous form to the 1000 Ideas Programme will be evaluated in a double-blind procedure by a 20-member international jury under the chairmanship of James W. Kirchner. The FWF Board will then decide on the awarding of funding based on the jury’s recommendations. The selected researchers will receive up to €150,000 per project for a maximum of 24 months.
Nearly three million euros in funding available
During the second call of the 1000 Ideas Programme, researchers submitted 270 project proposals. In the end, 22 projects at 13 universities and research institutions received funding to the tune of €3.3 million. Approximately €2.8 million in funding is available as part of the third call.
Open to “Quantum Austria” projects
The third call of the 1000 Ideas Programme is also part of the “Quantum Austria” funding initiative, a new funding opportunity launched by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) with funds from the NextGenerationEU Development Plan. Researchers working in the field of quantum research are encouraged to submit project proposals for “Quantum Austria” under the 1000 Ideas Programme. Additional funding is available for these projects.