General Principles of the Decision-Making Procedure

All applications submitted to the FWF are subjected to a peer review procedure in which only researchers working outside Austria are asked to review proposals. These reviews form the basis for all funding decisions, thus ensuring the quality of research funded is on par with international standards.

The FWF treats all scientific disciplines equally and has no quota system regulating the distribution of funds among the various disciplines.

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In specific programmes (especially commissioned programmes, priority research programmes and doctoral programmes), the review procedure may differ from these general principles in certain respects (e.g. use of a multi-stage procedure, an international jury and the like). Differences are noted on the web pages relating to the individual programmes. Especially in the case of international programmes, all submission, review and decision-making procedures are in line with the specific structures and procedures of those programmes and may differ from the general principles outlined in this document.