Principal Investigator Projects

Important information: The application mode for Principal Investigator Projects (previously called Stand-Alone Projects) will switch from individual funding to funding via research institutions (PROFI, i.e. a switch from §26 to §27 of the Universities Act) starting March 20, 2023. From that point on, funding applications will be submitted to FWF through the applicant’s research institution. For this reason, you will need to select the corresponding research institution in FWF’s electronic application portal elane to make sure the application is correctly allocated. There is no change to the required content and structure of applications for Principal Investigator Projects. The application process for any Stand-Alone Projects that applicants want to submit under the current provisions (ad personam, §26) must be completed in elane by March 19, 2023. This does not include some individual calls (netidee Science call, Herzfelder-Stiftung 2023, Weiss-Preis, and 3R Ersatzmethoden für Tierversuche 2023), which are still submitted in ad personam (§26) mode until the end of their respective submission periods.

Target group
Researchers of any discipline who are working in Austria

Funding of individual research in the area of non-profit oriented scholarly/scientific research

high research quality measured on an international scale


  • up to 48 months

Depending on the individual project project-specific costs (personnel and non-personnel costs) may be requested. The number of reviews required depends on the level of funding requested.

Via the FWF’s electronic application portal (elane)

  • accepted continuously, no application deadlines
  • in English

by the FWF Board based on an international review process

Processing time
4 to 6 months in general


Updated application documents for Principal Investigator Projects (previously called Stand-Alone Projects) in PROFI funding mode are expected to be available on the FWF website in early March. 

Applications (PROFI mode)

Electronic application portal