excellent=austria is a funding initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research intended to further strengthen Austria's position as a top international research location.

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. A total of €6 million will be available each year; candidates will be selected using a multi-stage decision-making procedure with an international jury and based on international reviews. To ensure that an equal number of excellent women are appointed, 50% of these positions are reserved for women.

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Together with the Clusters of Excellence and Emerging Fields, the program forms the third pillar of the excellent=austria initiative. Nominations will be accepted beginning in late 2023, with funding decisions in 2024.

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