Klaus Zinöcker (1972–2018)

It is with deep sadness that the Austrian Science Fund FWF commemorates Klaus Zinöcker, who died on 3 March 2018 after a brief, serious illness accompanied by loving care.

50 Years FWF – 50 Years of Cutting-Edge Research in Austria

The Austrian Science Fund has been setting international quality standards in basic research in Austria for half a century.

Weiss Prize 2017 goes to Neuroscientist Kai Kummer from the Medical University of Innsbruck

The award-winning project at the MUI’s Department of Physiology and Medical Physics is designed to open new vistas for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

Austrian Open Access Agreement with Publisher Wiley

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and Cooperation E-Media Austria (KEMÖ) have signed a three-year contract with John Wiley and Sons that combines the use of content and the publication of open-access articles.

Submission via elane Obligatory as of 1 January 2018

As of January 1st 2018, Stand-Alone Projects can only be submitted electronically, via elane. The obligatory electronic submission also applies for International Programmes as well as KLIF, Erwin Schrödinger Fellowships and the Lise-Meitner Programme.

Austrian Open Access Agreement with Publisher Frontiers

Under a landmark Open Access Publishing Framework Agreement signed in Vienna on December 20th, 2017 between the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the University of Vienna and the publisher Frontiers, Austrian researchers affiliated to or supported through these institutions may from January 1st, 2018 publish their articles in Frontiers’ open-access journals through a simplified process that covers article processing charges.

New Funding Programme for Research Groups

With “Research Groups”, the Austrian Science Fund FWF supports the networking of researchers independent of location and thus closes a gap in the funding portfolio between Stand-Alone Projects and Special Research Programmes. The basis for this is formed by innovative, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary questions in all scientific disciplines, especially in the humanities, social sciences and cultural sciences. €6.2m is available for Research Groups in the pilot phase.

Austrian Science Fund FWF Congratulates Heinz Fassmann on his Appointment as Minister of Science

FWF President Klement Tockner finds many signs of a fresh start in the new government’s programme and looks to the future with confidence and optimism.

Cessation of Certification of Publishers

The FWF discontinues the opportunity for certification of publishers with effect from 1 January 2018. Existing certifications remain valid for the duration of the agreed term (five years from certification).

New Funding Programme for Young Researchers

With the "Young Independent Researcher Groups", the Austrian Science Fund FWF is for the first time supporting excellent young researchers in Austria in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Six million euros are available for interdisciplinary postdoc teams in the pilot phase.

Alliance for Cutting-edge Research and the Future

Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations submits a list of stipulations to coalition negotiators.

Euregio Science Fund: Third Call

The provincial governors of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino approved the Euregio Science Fund third call for proposals. The call is primarily aimed at several-year collaborative research projects involving all three research locations in the European region. Experts from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) will provide information about the call for proposals directly in Bolzano and Trento on 2 and 3 November 2017.

High-Level Workshop on “Open Science” in Berlin

Science Europe, the umbrella organisation of European research organisations, organised this year’s high-level workshop in Berlin jointly with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The discussion focused on the topic “The Rationales of Open Science – Digitalisation and Democratisation in Research”.

SPÖ, ÖVP, FPÖ, Green Party and NEOS Present Their Positions on Science, Research and Universities

Parties pledge structural reforms, new strategies and investments vis-à-vis the Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations.