Can I apply simultaneously for a research project in another funding category?

Applicants for an Elise Richter (PEEK) project cannot submit a parallel application in the same or another young researcher funding programme (Erwin Schrödinger, ESPRIT, Elise Richter or Richter PEEK). However, an application for project funding in other FWF programmes may be submitted provided that the project proposal is written specifically for that programme and meets all the relevant application requirements.

Is it possible to apply simultaneously for a START project?

Yes, applicants can submit a parallel application for START.  This is the only time when it is also possible to submit an application that is identical in substantial parts, as long as it meets the respective application guidelines.

I have already completed a Hertha Firnberg Fellowship. Can I also apply for an Elise Richter Fellowship?

Yes, but only for a maximum of three years (= six years of total funding from the Firnberg and Richter Programmes).

Does the chosen research institution have to be a university institute, and does it have to be in Austria?

Applicants can also apply for Elise Richter Fellowships at non-university research institutions in Austria (e.g., the Austrian Academy of the Sciences (ÖAW)).

Can I take a leave of absence from a (contractual) university assistant position to apply for an Elise Richter Fellowship, or can I apply for an Elise Richter Fellowship in addition to working a half-position?

In principle, both options are possible; in the case of an application for a part-time employment contract, the funding for the researcher’s personnel costs will be reduced in accordance with the extent of employment.

Can the research project also include a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are only funded if they are hypothesis-based and meet the research requirements that apply for all other FWF-funded research projects.

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