Gottfried and Vera Weiss Prize

Gottfried and Vera Weiss Prize 2020 call

On behalf of the “Dr. Gottfried and Dr. Vera Weiss Science Foundation”, the FWF has issued a new call for project proposals in the field of meteorology and related disciplines with a meteorological focus on for example. In the 2019 call, funding is available for projects that address anaesthesiology-related research questions in the following contexts:

  • Climate Research
  • Atmospheric Research
  • Environmental Research

For further details on the objectives of the Dr. Gottfried and Dr. Vera Weiss Science Foundation and on the decision-making procedure, please see Information on the Gottfried and Vera Weiss Science Foundation (pdf, 213KB).

Target group
The call is open to researchers who work in the field of meteorology as well as in related disciplines. The proposed research must have the potential to generate improvements and advances in one of those fields.

Goals/purpose of the prize

  • Direct funding for top-notch science and research activities
  • Support for junior researchers

Requirements, duration and amount of funding
Weiss Prize applications can be submitted to the following FWF funding programmes: Stand-Alone Projects or Erwin Schrödinger Fellowships.

In this call, the requirements for applicants as well as the amount and duration of funding are the same as the FWF's requirements and limits for the above-mentioned programmes.

However, the applicant is required to fill out an additional form (pdf, 1.01MB) explaining the relevance of the application to the specific theme of the call.

Additional information on the call
In Stand-Alone Projects funded by the foundation, general project costs will be automatically increased to 10%; in the return phase for an Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship (where applicable), an additional 5% in general project costs will be approved.

In this call, proposals can be submitted and approved in combination with three ongoing/submitted projects in the FWF's Stand-Alone Projects programme, International Programmes (bilateral projects) and Clinical Research (KLIF) programme.

When and how to apply
Solely via the FWF’s electronic application portal elane (

  • Start: 4th March 2020
  • Deadline: 30th June 2020 (date of postmark on the cover sheet!); the possibility to submit via elane ends at 2:00 pm local time Vienna/Austria.
  • Applications are to be submitted in accordance with the application guidelines either for the Stand-Alone Projects or Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship (plus the additional form).

Award decisions

  • Funding decisions will be made by the management of the “Weiss Science Foundation” on the basis of the FWF Board’s suggestions (November 2020).

The Weiss Foundation will make a total of €200,000.00 available for this call. Should the resources required for a project that is considered worthy of funding by the foundation exceed the amount provided by the foundation, the FWF will fund the difference from its own budget. Applications that receive outstanding reviews but cannot be funded by the foundation will be funded by the FWF; in such cases, however, the special arrangement regarding additional general project costs will no longer apply.