In most FWF funding programmes, applications are submitted by the researchers; in the case of approval, the funding agreement is signed with the researcher (ad personam funding). For the following research programmes, the research institutions submit the applications using the PROFI method (project funding via research institutions): Special Research Programmes (SFB), Young Independent Researcher Groups, doc.funds and Research Groups. The method of submission is determined automatically by the choice of funding programme in the elane application portal.

Electronic application portal


Decision panel
The FWF Board decides on the allocation of funding.

Dates of decisions 2020

23 - 25 November: Meeting of the FWF Board

Dates of decisions 2021
08 - 10 March: Meeting of the FWF Board
10 - 12 May: Meeting of the FWF Board
18 - 19 June: International Jury START/Wittgenstein
21 - 23 June: Meeting of the FWF Board
27 - 29 September: Meeting of the FWF Board
22 - 24 November: Meeting of the FWF Board

Reviews are received from peers working abroad.

'Contact' section

Processing time
After all reviews have reached the FWF, the following Board meeting decides on funding. The review process takes several months.