More fundamental knowledge to create more efficient electronics, more stable quantum computers, or to better understand the molecular mechanisms of heredity—the FWF’s “Special Research Programmes” programme enables teams at different research institutes to work together to investigate a central research question. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is providing a total of €15 million in funding to four new Special Research Programmes, involving numerous teams from Austria and Germany. The aim is to promote further collaboration and closer networks among leading researchers.
Research data management is an integral part of good research practice. For that reason, a data management plan (DMP) has been required for all FWF-funded projects since 2019. Starting in 2022, a new DMP template is available.
Research is a promise. It is certainly one of the biggest promises humankind has ever made.
It pledges that what seems impossible can be possible.
Answers to global challenges such as migration require the knowledge and cooperation of researchers from all over the world. This is why the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is a partner in the “Integrated Approaches to Human Migration/Mobility in an Era of Rapid Global Change” funding initiative of the Belmont Forum.
From 2022 onwards, applications for the reimbursement of publication costs will only be possible via elane.
At the initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Austria is investing EUR 107 million in funding from the NextGenerationEU Development and Resilience Plan to accelerate the development of quantum research and technologies. The aim is to enhance Austria's competitiveness and increase European cooperation in this strategic key technology sector. Funding is available for both basic research as well as the development of practical applications. The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) are working closely together on the allocation of funding. Submissions are possible at the FWF from November 26, at the FFG from December 15.
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.
More and more researchers are trying to reduce their ecological footprint. Travel plays an important role here, for despite the boom in virtual meetings, trips to international conferences, for example, will still be necessary in the future. The FWF is now placing a stronger focus than hitherto on environmentally conscious mobility: It is expanding funding opportunities for travel by train and offering a carbon offset contribution for unavoidable flights.
In its latest tranche of funding, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has approved 176 research projects to the tune of EUR 57.7 million. Besides the projects in the established programmes, research projects with a specific transdisciplinary focus competed for funding for the first time as part of the #ConnectingMinds programme.
The researchers and the institutions in the race for “Clusters of Excellence” grants have been determined: 36 consortia with proposals amounting to more than one billion euros are taking part in the selection procedure for Austria’s future beacons of basic research. An overview of all the submissions is now available online—and highlights the areas of strength of cooperative cutting-edge research in Austria.
Austrian Minister of Science Heinz Faßmann and FWF President Christof Gattringer signed the new three-year financing agreement on 22 September 2021. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has made a total of €806 million in funding between 2021 and 2023 available for groundbreaking basic research to researchers who are able to succeed in the FWF’s quality-based competition for funds.
Through its alpha+ Foundation, the FWF offers charitably minded people and organisations the opportunity to provide researchers with financial support. One of the foundation’s funding options is the Rückenwind funding bonus, which is available to internationally active researchers in the Erwin Schrödinger Programme. Six researchers have received funding recently as part of the second round of awards.
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.