START Programme

Update: From now on, the application process and the administration of funding for the START Programme will be carried out via PROFI (project funding via research institutions). Therefore, please ensure that your research institution has a contact person or point of contact on file in the FWF's research institution portal upon completion of your application.

Target group
The START programme is open to excellent researchers from all disciplines with between two and eight years of post-doctoral research experience.

Objectives
Due to its high level of funding, the START Programme offers researchers ideal conditions for carrying out medium-term research projects at a top international level. By independently managing a generously funded research project, START principal investigators should acquire the necessary qualifications to assume a top position in research (especially as a professor in Austria or abroad) and play a leading role in their field. 

Requirements

  • The doctoral degree must have been completed (award of certificate) no less than two years and no longer than eight years before the deadline for submission of applications (20th September 2022). Extensions to this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks (see guidelines).
  • Excellent research proposal and exceptional international track record
  • Proven ability to conduct independent research; applicants should already have independently acquired competitive third-party funds since earning their doctoral degree. 
  • in addition it is desirable that applicants have completed a research stay abroad of at least one year.
  • Applicants who hold a permanent professorship or who have already accepted an appointment to a permament professorship are not eligible to apply.

Length
5 years (instead of 6 years as before), an interim review after 3 years serves as the basis for the decision on a continuation of the project

Level
Minimum €800.000 up to maximum €1.2 Mio. 

Applications

Via the FWF’s electronic application portal (elane)

  • Start of the call for proposals: 1 July 2022
  • End of the call for proposals: 20 September 2022; the possibility to submit via Elane ends at 14:00 (2 pm) CEST.
  • in English

Allocation

  • Decisions are taken by the FWF Board based on recommendations of the International START-/Wittgenstein-Jury; recommendations are based on an international review process and a hearing
  • 16–17 June 2023 
  • Awarded by the Austrian Federal Minister for Science

Number
Approx. 6 grants per call

Downloads
Applications

Electronic application portal
elane