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.
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.
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) also honours six other top researchers with the START Award
In addition to the Wittgenstein Award, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) also conferred this year’s START excellence awards. From a field of 102 applicants, the jury chose six researchers in a very competitive selection process.
The Weiss Prize, Austria’s highest research award in the field of meteorology, goes to Andreas Stohl of the University of Vienna. The award worth €300,000 given by the FWF on behalf of the Weiss Science Foundation will enable the meteorologist to study the transport of heat and water vapour in the atmosphere. This will allow new insights into the global effects (known as teleconnections) of climate anomalies such as the El Niño phenomenon and contribute to a better understanding of the processes that give rise to extreme weather events such as heavy precipitation or heat waves.
In recent years, a special endowment of the National Foundation has provided the funding for Young Independent Researcher Groups. The aim of this FWF funding programme is to help interdisciplinary teams of postdocs at the beginning of their careers gain experience in independent research. This funding has now expired, which means that the continuation of the programme in 2021 and in following years is uncertain. A look at two recently approved projects demonstrates the added value that can result from interdisciplinarity.