If you think research is just for scientists, you couldn’t be more wrong. For amateurs, or "Citizen Scientists," there is a lot of work to be done. At the beginning of October, the FWF approved four new Top Citizen Science projects. Citizens are actively encouraged to participate. It’s a win-win situation for both science and society.
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) will be supporting universities and non-academic research institutions in this tight financial situation by providing funding for the sharply rising wage costs for ongoing projects in 2023. In return, however, approximately €15 million less will be available next year for funding new projects.
AI Mission Austria, a new funding initiative by aws, FFG, and FWF, is supporting the development of AI as a key technology, from research to implementation. Funding for the initiative has been provided by Fonds Zukunft Österreich, and the FWF has been allotted a funding volume of €1.9 million for AI Mission Austria projects. Applications can be submitted under several programmes starting 3 November 2022.
Funding work published on an open-access basis has been part of the FWF portfolio for many years. Researchers from all scientific disciplines can apply for funding for their book publications and digital publications. The FWF also supports the establishment and modernisation of academic journals with the aim of meeting the minimum open-access requirements of Plan S of the cOAlition S. October has brought some changes to the funding programme, which also result in a faster decision-making process.
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has joined the Europe-wide Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA). The Coalition’s objective is to establish new guidelines in research assessment, working in cooperation with numerous scientific organisations. Shifting the focus more towards qualitative aspects makes it possible to take the wide diversity of scientific methods and approaches into account. The FWF has been taking this approach for years.
These days, our solidarity goes especially to our colleagues in Iran and those with Iranian roots.
Financial expert Susanne Müller-Taborsky has joined the board of directors of the non-profit alpha+ Foundation and wants to advocate for more philanthropy in science.
The opportunity to attend more international conferences and workshops - with a Rückenwind funding bonus, private partners support the academic careers of young researchers. Since 2020, this has helped 18 researchers expand their international networks. Now, the alpha+ Foundation's Rückenwind initiative has gained a new partner: law firm Binder Grösswang.
A generous helping of curiosity, plenty of freedom, and a strong will – quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger has been driving ground-breaking basic research for over 40 years. The Nobel Prize in Physics not only honours an exceptional scientific career, but also shows the potential of Austria as a science and research location, given the right framework conditions. These conditions also include funding from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), which has supported Anton Zeilinger and many of his colleagues from the very beginning.
The Nobel Prize Committee has awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics to Alain Aspect (France), John F. Clauser (USA), and Austrian physicist Anton Zeilinger for their research in the field of quantum physics. The Nobel Prize is the world’s most prestigious scientific distinction and is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Wolfgang Pauli was the last Austrian researcher to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1945.
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is calling for tenders for the accompanying evaluation of the Emerging Fields (EF) selection process.
The new Emerging Fields funding programme, the second pillar of the Austrian excellence initiative excellent=austria, is set to launch. For the first time, teams from all areas of basic research are invited to tackle entirely new research ideas and break free of established approaches. The programme focuses particularly on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects, as well as arts-based research. Up to €6 million euros in FWF funding is available to the individual teams; the call for proposals runs until 1 February 2023.
Despite the research successes during the Covid pandemic, people’s confidence in science has declined. How can we regain and strengthen the public’s trust? In a breakout session organised by the FWF and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research entitled “Whom to trust? The Challenge of Being Excellent, Relevant, and Trustworthy” at this year's Forum Alpbach, a panel of highly-qualified experts discussed the fraught relationship between science and society and strategies to counter it.
Science and research are currently booming. From the Mars mission to mRNA vaccines – today’s researchers are consistently delivering successful results. But excellent output is not enough to create trust. Science as a guarantee of expertise is increasingly being viewed as just one voice among many. What is causing this doubt? Resolving the confidence crisis: Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research Martin Polaschek and FWF President Christof Gattringer talk with experts from science and practice at the Alpbach Technology Talks on 26 August 2022.
Six months after the launch of the Quantum Austria Funding Initiative, the first research teams funded by the Recovery and Resilience Facility NextGenerationEU are ready to get to work. The programme allowed the FFG to approve €20 million worth of funding for a comprehensive high-performance computing project, while the FWF is providing a total of €3 million to fund ten university research projects in Graz, Innsbruck, and Vienna.