General Principles of the FWF Decision-Making Procedure

All applications received by the FWF are subjected to a peer review procedure in which only scientists working outside Austria are asked to review proposals. These reviews form the basis for all funding decisions, thus ensuring that the quality of the 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, large-scale research projects and graduate schools), the review procedure may differ from these general principles in certain respects (e.g. use of a multi-stage procedure or an international jury). Differences are noted on the web pages relating to the individual programmes. 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.