Austria's most highly endowed science awards have found their latest recipients: on the recommendation of an international jury of experts, the Austrian Science Fund FWF honours eight researchers – with one Wittgenstein Award and seven START Awards. The mathematician Adrian Constantin was honored with the Wittgenstein Award, endowed with EUR 1.5 million, who will use the funding to consolidate his position spearheading international research. Through its Wittgenstein and START programmes, the FWF launches research projects with a total investment volume of EUR 9.5 million.
START excellence grants: EUR 1.2 million each for aspiring top researchers from Graz, Leoben, Innsbruck and Vienna
In addition to the Wittgenstein Award, the Austrian Science Fund FWF also conferred this year's START excellence awards. From a field of 111 applicants, the jury chose seven researchers in a very competitive selection process.
The cooperation agreement between the Italian province of Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and the FWF is bearing fruit: the researchers Hannes Schuler (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano) and Christian Stauffer (BOKU Vienna) are the first bilateral team to receive joint project funding. In their project, the researchers from Bolzano and Vienna are using genome analysis to explore new ways of protecting fruit trees from the damage wrought by apple proliferation disease. The province of South Tyrol and the FWF are each investing nearly EUR 300,000 in the cooperation project.
In addition to close international cooperation in the SARS-CoV-2 urgent funding programmes, the Austrian Science Fund FWF has set up a further cooperation project with Switzerland: the FWF is participating in the coronavirus research programme run by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Researchers from Austria can form teams with colleagues from Switzerland and jointly initiate research projects.
A statement by members of the Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations on the role of science and research in the Corona crisis
Young Independent Researcher Groups: Four Interdisciplinary Research Teams Break New Scientific Ground
For the second time, the Austrian Science Fund FWF has approved research projects totalling EUR 8.6 million for innovative and interdisciplinary cooperation between excellent postdoc teams.
Several organisations support cutting-edge research through the FWF and thus help kick-start research projects for a better future. Currently, researchers can submit promising project proposals within the framework of four calls.
The FWF is building an international network to promote multinational research into the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
In response to the outbreak of the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the German Research Foundation has organised a call for interdisciplinary research into epidemics and pandemics. The FWF has joined this initiative.
Second joint call of FWF and FFG provides for funding of five projects in the field of quantum research
Coronavirus Pandemic: Basic Research Proves its Effectiveness and Relevance – the FWF Supports the Researchers
Understanding the virus, developing drugs and vaccines, and researching the economic, social, and legal consequences: desperately needed answers require well-funded basic research
The key to fighting a global crisis like a pandemic is gathering as much knowledge as possible in the shortest amount of time: knowledge about the virus itself, about effective therapies, as well as their social, economic, and legal impacts. The far-reaching effects of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak are currently turning the lives of billions of people upside down. The knowledge and methodological expertise of basic researchers are indispensable in the struggle against such crises and for coping with their consequences. New research projects in Austria are intended to enhance the existing potential, contribute to the rapid gain in knowledge, and thus prepare for future challenging situations.
Information on how official restrictions impact the funding system is provided continuously on the FWF website as well as via newsletter and Twitter.
Due to the decree on the cancellation of events passed by the government on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, as well as in response to the appeal to restrict social contacts, the FWF is following the guidelines as well as precautionary measures and postponing the events planned for March and April indefinitely.