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Funding-Newsletter December 2021

The Research Service Center's Funding Newsletter provides information about national and international calls in WU's research areas as well as news from the world of research funding. You can find more calls in the Research Service Centers's research funding database. All information on European programmes can be found on our EU page.

The WU Research Service team is happy to answer questions and provide personal advice.


OeNB anniversary fund: Great success for WU
At the last award meeting of the OeNB Jubilee Fund, 6 project grants were awarded to WU scientists. The funded scientists work in 4 different departments, which is also an indication of the breadth of the OeNB thematic clusters. These include not only monetary policy issues, but also numerous legal issues and topics like "Innovative working time formats", "Economic instruments of climate policy", "Big data: modeling and analysis", "Discrimination or equality of women, immigrants and other groups on the labor market", "Training and further education for teachers" and much more.
Beate Hareter will be happy to answer any further questions about the anniversary fund.

1000 Ideas Substitution Grant
WU is again offering a substitution grant for the FWF's 1000 ideas programme this year. This grant supports a WU application that was classified as worthy of funding but was not accepted in the lottery with a maximum of EUR 100,000. The only requirement is a publication track record of the PI, which has the potential for an ERC submission to be carried out after the project. If there are several eligible projects, ERC connectivity will also be the criterion for the funding decision. The rectorate of WU makes the final funding decision.

Reminder: Deadline for FIDES entries for the year 2021
As always at the end of the year, we remind you to update your FIDES account. The deadline for various queries (intellectual capital statement, performance bonuses, etc.) falls on January 10, 2022. Please update your FIDES account in good time.

International Funding


If you plan to submit a proposal - whether as partner or coordiantor - please contact the Research Service Center (Xenia Ulrich) as soon as possible.

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships (all areas): 23 March 2022
Erasmus+ Alliances for Innovation: 15 September 2022

Erasmus+ Capacity Bulding in Higher Education: 17 Februar 2022

Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Actions: 1 March 2022

Horizon Europe

All open and forthcoming calls from the 2021-2022 Work Programmes can be found in the Funding & Tenders Portal. Here is a brief overview of some calls that my be relevant to WU researchers:

Cluster 2 - Culture, creativity and inclusice society

Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility

Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area

National Funding

Joint Projects / France (FWF) (Deadline: 11 January 2022)
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) jointly offer the possibility to apply for bilateral French-Austrian Joint Research Projects. Joint Research Projects should combine the complementary expertise of the project partners; therefore the project parts should be closely integrated and there should be relevant scientific input from both sides. More information

1000 Ideas (FWF) (Deadline: 13 January 2022)
Promotion of completely new, daring or particularly original research ideas that lie outside the current scientific understanding. More information

Life Sciences Call "Public Health" (WWTF) - short proposal (Deadline: 18 January 2022)
This call is open to researchers at universities and non-university research institutions, who seek to conduct a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects (2 to 4 years) to explore and develop innovative methods and tools to improve health at a population level. Additional funding opportunities are available for collaborative projects between scientists in Vienna and Lower Austria. More information

Austrian Climate Research Program 2021 (Climate and Energy Fund) (Deadline: January 28, 2022)
A total of € 5 million will be available for this funding program in 2021. Furthermore, an APCC Assessment Report on Climate Change in Austria will be called. Research projects that deal with aspects of climate change, its effects in Austria and possible adaptation measures are funded. More information

Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) (Deadline: 23 March 2022)
The Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) was established in 1966 to mark the bank’s 150th anniversary. Total funding for project proposals submitted to the OeNB Anniversary Fund is limited to EUR 250,000. The minimum funding amount is EUR 50,000.

In 2019, the Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) initiated a strategy process to redefine its funding structure. This process was based on the recommendations of the Austrian Court of Audit regarding the distribution of grants and took into account existing external and internal framework conditions. In the future, the strategic focus will be on promoting basic research projects aimed at advancing the state of research on central banking topics, with a special emphasis on selected focus areas.

Unlike in the past, the relevance of the research project for the OeNB’s core topics is no longer based on the allocation of the project to a specific scientific discipline but on its allocation to one of 19 research clusters. These research clusters were derived from the OeNB’s strategy and mission statement and reflect the OeNB’s research priorities. More information

Innovationscamps S (FFG) (Deadline: 31 March 2022)
Innovation Camps S and Innovation Camps M are funded within the framework of the 1st call for proposals. Tailor-made, cooperative qualification projects from the fields of energy and mobility transition, green tech/green materials as well as life science and biotech can be submitted. Projects with digitalization topics are particularly addressed. Innovation Camps S are training measures lasting several days on RTDI+D topics and service innovations that are newly designed by a research institution, university or university of applied sciences and offered for the first time to Austrian companies. More information (in German)

BRIDGE (FFG) (Deadline: 30 March 2022)
Projects are funded that are predominantly close to basic research and that already show a realistic potential for exploitation, so that one or more companies are ready to co-finance the project. More Information (in German)

ICT of the Future (FFG) (Deadline: 14 March 2022)
ICT of the Future is the funding programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) for the promotion of challenging technology development and innovation in information and communication technology, interlinked with application fields and societal challenges.The programme supports ICT innovation in a comprehensive perspective. It aims to contribute to the goal of the federal government to lead Austria from the group of so-called Innovation Followers to the group of Innovation Leaders – to become one of the most innovative countries within the EU. The Community European Research Area (ERA) provides a frame of reference for this national programme, which will complement over its run-time both existing and new European initiatives within Horizon 2020. More Information

International Communication (ÖFG) (Deadlines: 09 January 2022, 20 March 2022)
The research funding scheme “International Communication” of the Austrian Research Association represents an addition to the financial support options of the universities and other project funding institutions. This research funding scheme provides funding for trips abroad and will give guest researchers the opportunity to come to Austria. The funding is aimed at junior researchers demonstrating academic excellence, who have been unable to receive sufficient funding from other institutions either on formal grounds or due to a shortage of resources. More information

Digitization Fund Work 4.0 (AK) (Deadline: 22 March 2022)
The call for applications starts on January 24th, 2022. More information (in German)

WU Internal Funding

Applications for WU International Research Fellow and WU Research Group Meetings
We would like to remind you of two WU-internal funding possiblities. General information regarding WU International Research Fellow and WU Research Group Meetings can be found in the links. Please note: There are no deadlines for both fundings! Depending on the Covid19-situation please contact the Research Service Center prior to your application.

Bonus to cover caretaking costs during business travel
WU has launched an initiative to provide additional support to our researchers with caretaking responsibilities. Researchers should not have to limit their international network building activities, which are such a key factor for academic success, because of caretaking responsibilities. Caretaking responsibilities include not only childcare, but also the care of spouses or partners in need of constant care or the care of elderly parents or grandparents. More Information

The OeNB funds research stays abroad
Are you planning a longer-term stay abroad for research in line with the strategy and mission statement of the OeNB or the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) that deals with current social and economic policy developments? The OeNB will cover your travel and accommodation costs as part of the WU-OENB Internationalization Award!
More Information

    Awards, Grants and Scholarships

    Prize of the Bankers’ Association (Deadline: 31 January 2022)
    The Austrian Bankers’ Association awards excellent research papers contributing towards the promotion of the Austrian banking industry and focusing on matters of business and banking law. More Information

    Walter Haslinger-Prize (Deadline: 31 January 2022)
    The Walter Haslinger Private Foundation awards outstanding scientific work in the field of business law in particular corporate and company law and the relevant parts of general private law. More Information only in German

    Austrian Computer Society (OCG) Incentive Award (Deadline: 28 February 2022)
    The aim is promotion of excellent degree theses. Target group: All students writing their degree theses in the field of informatics or business informatics. More Information

    City of Vienna Awards (Deadline: 31 March 2022)
    The City of Vienna has been awarding Sponsorship Awards in recognition of artistic, cultural, and scientific achievements since 1951. The awards are presented in the categories architecture, fine arts, literature, music, education, and science. Both individuals and teams are eligible for these awards.The Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Vienna also awards six €4,000 Sponsorship Awards each year in the categories humanities, social and cultural sciences, medicine, mathematics, computer sciences, natural sciences and technology, and education. Sponsorship Awards are presented in recognition of the recipients’ outstanding lifetime achievements to date in the fields named above.More Information only in German

    Upcoming Events

    Third-Party Funding in a Nutshell: The Path to a Successful Project Proposal (25.01.2022, 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr)
    More information and registration

    FFG Academy – the FFG offers training sessions for prospective and successful applicants; all dates and recordings of past events can be found here.

    FWF Calendar (scientific events and calls)