The Weiss Award, Austria's largest privately financed research award in the field of meteorology, goes to Bernadett Weinzierl from the University of Vienna. Administered by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the award of around €400,000 from the Weiss Science Foundation will enable physicist Bernadett Weinzierl to better detect and research microplastics in the atmosphere.
The FWF responds to inflation and increases funding for salaries in ongoing FWF projects for the year 2023. Researchers receive additional funding for personnel costs in both ad personam as well as PROFI funding mode. With this step, the FWF is helping to compensate for inflationary losses, especially for young researchers (two-thirds of all FWF-funded researchers are younger than 36 years old).
The FWF has been gradually converting the administration of its funding programs to the new PROFI mode since 2019. The goal is to make the funding process easier for researchers and their institutions, while still ensuring autonomy in the application process. As of May 31, 2023, the FWF’s international programs will now also be available in PROFI funding mode.
Austria's basic research community is growing, and with it the funding provided by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Investments increased again in 2022, reaching €273 million, and 743 projects were funded at Austria's research institutions. Currently, 4,842 scientists and scholars are conducting their research with FWF funding, and their discoveries help lay the foundations for progress, innovation, and prosperity. The FWF Distinguished Professor program, the third pillar of the excellence initiative excellent=austria, will start in 2023. The Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) will be providing the FWF with €1.124 billion for the 2024 to 2026 budget period.
The FWF Distinguished Professor program, the third pillar of the excellent=austria initiative, is scheduled to launch in September of 2023. The new program is intended to strengthen promising research fields by recruiting and appointing world-leading researchers to Austrian universities, as well as to further increase the international visibility and attractivity of Austria's universities.
With the FWF Annual Report, we not only offer you an insight into the past funding year, but also invite you to look back on some special moments in research. You’ll also find links to listen to the highlights of our discussion series “Was die Welt zusammenhält” and get to know successful researchers in our video portrait series.
In its first decision round of the year, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) awarded approximately €129.5 million in funding for 163 new research projects. A current list of the approved projects is now available online.
Cutting-edge research is an expedition into the future. Through excellent=austria, Austria plans in the coming years to send promising research teams on a journey to gain innovative insights into all fields of knowledge.
With the initiative excellent=austria, Austria is opening a new chapter in basic research: Starting in summer 2023, five Clusters of Excellence will be kicking off cooperative projects on an unprecedented scale at 11 different locations. The FWF and the participating research institutions are providing a total investment volume of €135 million to finance cutting-edge research on future-oriented topics for the first five years of the planned ten-year duration. Science Minister Martin Polaschek and FWF President Christof Gattringer announced the long-awaited funding decisions in Vienna.
The updated Application Guidelines for Principal Investigator Projects (previously Stand-Alone Projects) reflecting the previously announced switch to PROFI funding mode, valid starting March 20, 2023, will be available online on Monday. The change affects only new submissions, applications already submitted and ongoing projects are not affected.
Applications from a wide diversity of scientific disciplines indicate a high level of interest in the second track of the excellence initiative. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) finances interdisciplinary Emerging Fields teams with three to six million euros each for a period of five years. A funding decision is planned for March 2024.
Since 2019, the FWF has been gradually switching the administration of its funding programs to the new PROFI mode. This change is intended to make the funding process easier for researchers and their institutions while ensuring autonomy in the application process. In March 2023, the FWF will now also be switching its largest program, Stand-Alone Project funding, to PROFI.
Since 2020, the alpha+ Foundation and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) have been supporting internationally active researchers with the privately financed Rückenwind funding bonus. Thanks to the support of new private donors, the Rückenwind Initiative is now open to all scientific disciplines.