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Information on how official restrictions impact the funding system is provided continuously on the FWF website as well as via newsletter and Twitter.

At the 77th FWF Board meeting, which took place on March 9 and 10, 2020, shortly before restrictions triggered by the spread of the coronavirus were imposed, disbursement of approximately EUR 47.2 million was approved as against an application volume of EUR 163.8 million. This translates into an approval rate of 28.8 percent across all programmes. 139 outstanding projects were chosen out of an overall field of 487 applications. This means that 292 researchers will receive funding.

The Board also approved four outstanding doc.funds projects with a total volume of EUR 7.7 million, resulting in funding for 56 doctoral positions, 39 of which are funded by the FWF and 17 by the participating universities.

Other such projects amounting to a total volume of EUR 8.9 million euros could not be funded simply due to a lack of resources (“approved, but not funded”).

All approved research projects are presented on the FWF website and can be found at:

The FWF extends its best wishes for a successful outcome of all funded projects.

The four approved doc.funds projects

“Doctoral College Advanced Functional Materials (DCAFM) - Hierarchical Design of Hybrid Systems”
University of Vienna
Coordinator: Christoph DELLAGO
The DCAFM research focus is on the synthesis, analysis and theoretical modelling of new functional materials, ranging from two-dimensional materials with specific electronic and optical properties to soft matter systems with special mechanical properties.

“International Business Taxation”
Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
Coordinator: Michael LANG
Aimed at researchers in the disciplines of finance, business taxation and international tax law, this doctoral programme represents an interdisciplinary course in the field of taxation of cross-border corporate activities.

“Modelling-Analysis-Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems”
University of Klagenfurt
Coordinator: Michaela SZÖLGYENYI
We are constantly confronted with optimization problems in our daily lives. This involves discrete, stochastic, i.e. randomly influenced, and continuous mathematical models, which need to be analysed. In order to solve such problems, it is often essential not to approach them from the perspective of a single mathematical sub-field, but to combine knowledge from several fields and thus create synergies.

“Cellular Basis of Diseases: Molecular Control of Metabolism and Inflammation”
Medical University of Innsbruck
Coordinator: David TEIS
The main research objectives of this PhD programme are to understand the cellular mechanisms of disease, in particular (i) how the metabolic signalling pathway interacts with nutrient transport to the gastrointestinal tract and the liver and (ii) how these pathways overlap with the reprogramming of immune cells.

Effects of regulatory restrictions on funding

The FWF is currently conducting a detailed review of the consequences of the present situation on the funding system and the individual application options. All relevant information is available continuously on the FWF website as well as via newsletter and Twitter:

The FWF asks for your understanding that its office can only be contacted to a limited extent – this includes consultation by telephone and e-mail. Processing and response times may also be somewhat longer than usual. The FWF is making every effort to keep its services running without interruptions.


The FWF Board is composed of the Executive Board of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, as well as expert reporters. The term of office of the current Board runs until October 2020; the primary task of the Board is to promulgate research funding decisions. The members of the FWF Board can be found at:

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The Austrian Science Fund FWF is Austria's central funding organisation for the promotion of basic research and arts-based 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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