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Applications amount to around EUR 106 million, approval rate stands at 28.1 percent

At the 73rd FWF Board meeting, held from 13 to 14 May 2019, total project funding of roughly EUR 30 million was approved on the basis of applications amounting to EUR 106 million. This corresponds to an approval rate of approx. 28.1 percent across all programmes. Out of a total of 339 applications, 96 outstanding projects were approved.

Preparatory Reporters’ meeting

The FWF Board’s Reporters came together for their annual meeting prior to the Board meeting to discuss strategic issues. Items on the agenda included the new government programme and the new programmes and structural adjustments foreseen in the FWF’s multi-annual programme. The Reporters also reflected on the work of the Board and discussed the further development of decision-making processes as well as quality control issues.

Board meeting details

Representing the “backbone” of FWF funding, Stand-Alone Projects once again accounted for the bulk of approvals. In all, applications for project funds (including clinical research) amounted to EUR 86.5 million, of which about EUR 24.3 million were approved, corresponding to an approval rate of 28.1 per cent. In the area of International Programmes, which are implemented jointly with international partner funding organisations, the applications amounted to around EUR 11.9 million, of which roughly EUR 2.9 million was approved subject to certain conditions (approval rate: 24.2%). In some cases, the decisions of partner organisations are still pending. Career programmes play a central role in the FWF’s funding portfolio. In the “Schrödinger” outgoing programme, around 39.7 percent of the applications were successful, with total funding amounting to EUR 1.1 million. In the “Meitner” incoming programme, the grant sum was around EUR 1.5 million, which corresponds to an approval rate of 30 percent.

Quality, fairness, transparency

Apart from aspiring to the highest scientific quality, internationality and fairness, the FWF also stands for maximum transparency. All approved research projects are presented in detail on the FWF website at:

In addition, statistics are provided for each Board meeting, which can be found at:

The FWF Board

The FWF Board is composed of the Executive Board of the Austrian Science Fund and expert reporters. The term of office of the current Board runs until October 2020. The FWF Board’s main task is to decide on funding for basic research projects. For information about the members of the FWF Board, go to:

The Austrian Science Fund FWF

The Austrian Science Fund FWF is Austria’s central funding organisation for basic research and arts-focussed research. Applying international quality benchmarks, the FWF provides funding for outstanding research projects and excellent researchers who work to generate, broaden and deepen scientific knowledge.


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