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.
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.
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.
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.
In the last FWF Board meeting of 2022, the FWF put 119 projects on track for about €72.6 million, selected from an application volume of about €370 million. Projects were approved in Special Research Areas, Research Groups, ESPRIT, doc.funds and doc.funds.connect, and the Science Communication program, among other programs.
More basic knowledge on the influence of climate change on genetic adaptation and on the historical analysis of political power structures - the FWF is strengthening cutting-edge research in Austria with two new Special Research Areas based on international standards. The new networks, coordinated by researchers from the Academy of Sciences and the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, will each receive funding of around €4 million over a period of four years.
Mehr Karriereangebote für Doktorand:innen, um in vielversprechenden Forschungsfeldern Fuß fassen zu können – die doc.funds- und doc.funds.connect- Förderungen stärken die Doktoratsausbildung an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. In der jüngsten Bewilligungsrunde konnten die Konzepte von neun Forschungsteams überzeugen, der FWF investiert 13 Millionen Euro in 64 neue Doktoratsstellen in ganz Österreich.
Six months after the launch of the Quantum Austria Funding Initiative, the first research teams funded by the Recovery and Resilience Facility NextGenerationEU are ready to get to work. The programme allowed the FFG to approve €20 million worth of funding for a comprehensive high-performance computing project, while the FWF is providing a total of €3 million to fund ten university research projects in Graz, Innsbruck, and Vienna.
In its most recent round of approvals, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has granted funding to a total of 147 new research projects throughout Austria. Twenty innovative research ideas in the 1000 Ideas Programme account for approximately €3 million worth of funding, and €8.7 million have been allocated to the START and Wittgenstein Awards. Fifteen researchers successfully applied for funding from the ESPRIT programme, and 11 women were awarded a Richter Grant. Eleven research teams made it into the final round for Clusters of Excellence funding.
In addition to the Wittgenstein Award, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) also conferred this year’s START Excellence Awards. From a field of 99 applicants, the jury chose six researchers in a very competitive selection process.