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Funding-Newsletter July 2022

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.

We wish you a beautiful summer!


Austrian Micro Data Center (AMDC) starts on July 1st, 2022
The research data platform Austrian Micro Data Center (AMDC) at Statistics Austria starts operating on July 1, 2022. With the "Austrian Micro Data Center" a significant strengthening of the science location is expected. The data does not leave Statistics Austria. This will be ensured by a protected remote access to a virtual data room. The calculations can then take place in this protected data room. Remote access is only permitted on the basis of project applications. The costs for the research data depends on the specifications of the research projects. WU will initiate the accreditation as soon as possible. This accreditation is a prerequisite for submitting project applications.

Financing agreement of the BMK and BMDW with the FFG
The financing agreement for the years 2022 - 2023 replaces the previous structure of the individual programs commissioned by the BMK and BMDW and processed by the FFG. The new thematic calls for proposals, some of which are very relevant for WU, can be found here.

International Funding

ERC Calls 2023 published

After two rounds of ERC grant competitions that followed an untypical schedule, the ERC intends to return to a normal calendar of calls under the Work Programme 2023. That Programme has yet to be approved, so the dates of the calls are still tentative and subject to change. However, to be transparent and to help applicants plan their work, the ERC have published an indicative schedule. Please note that the next Starting Grant call deadline is already in October 2022!

  • ERC Starting Grant: 25 October 2022

  • ERC Consoldiator Grant: 2 February 2023

  • ERC Advanced Grant: 2 May 2023

  • ERC Synergy Grant: 8 November 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

National Funding

Pilot Call 2022: Empirical Social Sciences (WWTF) (Deadline for Short Proposals: October 6, 2022)
The WWTF launches the call " Quantitative Data Research", a pilot call in the field of Empirical Social Sciences. This call is open to researchers at universities and non-university research institutions, who seek to conduct a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research project (duration: 2 to 4 years) on the basis of large data sets on socially relevant issues. The funding range per project is € 250,000 to € 600,000.More Information

Emerging Fields (FWF) (Guidelines will be published in mid-September 2022, Deadline for submission: February 2023)
The programme is for teams of excellent researchers who are engaged in cooperative pioneering work in basic research and who are prepared to break with established ways of thinking. The aim of the programme is to implement innovative, original, or high-risk research ideas that have the potential to transform a field of research or trigger a paradigm shift in one discipline or across several.More information

WEAVE Switzerland (FWF) (Deadline: 01 October 2022)

Funding of closely integrated, bilateral research projects with Switzerland More information

Special Research Programmes (SFB) (FWF) (Deadline: 30 September 2022)
Building up of extremely productive, tightly interconnected research establishments for long-term and multi-/interdisciplinary work on complex research topics. More information

Research groups (FWF) (Deadline: 30 September 2022)
A team of three to five internationally outstanding researchers from all scientific/scholarly disciplines, in particular from the humanities, social sciences and cultural sciences, form a research group at Austrian research institutions. Participation in a maximum of one research group is possible in addition to the currently applicable project number restriction of three FWF projects. More information

Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) (Deadline: 21 September 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

Start Programme (FWF) (expected Deadline: 20 September 2022)
Researchers should be given the long-term and extensive financial security to plan their research and either build up or consolidate their own research groups thereby qualifying themselves for a leading position in the academic system (especially as university professors within Austria or abroad). More information

Bridge (FFG) (Deadline: 07 September 2022)

BRIDGE provides funding for collaboration between scientific institutes and businesses. The projects should be designed as basic research projects but should also offer prospects for commercialisation. The participating companies must be effectively involved in the project work and make a financial contribution, if applicable. More information

Caring Communities for Future (LBG) (Deadline: 14 October 2022)
The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and Gesundheit Österreich GmbH support transdisciplinary research projects that deal with practical problems and develop innovative perspectives for a sustainable anchoring of caring communities at the interface of health promotion, urban and regional development and social and nursing sciences. (Budget: min. € 100,000  per project) More Information

International Communication (ÖFG) (next deadlines: 2 October 2022, 6 November 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

3rd Africa-UniNet call (Deadline: 30 November 2022)
The 3rd Africa-UniNet call will be open from from 1 September 2022 - 30 November 2022. Only active Africa-UniNet member institutions (WU is one of them) are eligible to apply. Detailed information will be published at the end of August. More Information

WU Internal Funding

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. There are no deadlines for both fundings!

New at the WU Research Group Meetings: Third-party funded staff is also eligible to apply - for more details please see our research funding database.

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!
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    Awards, Grants and Scholarships

    ECR Austria Academic Student Award (Deadline: 4 September 2022)
    Every year students from Austrian universities and universities of applied sciences are invited to submit their thesis (bachelor, master, PhD) covering ECR-related topics. More Information

    DOC - OEAW (Deadline: 15 September 2022)
    The DOC Fellowship Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences offers funding for highly qualified doctoral candidates in all areas of research. More Information

    DOC-TEAM OEAW (Deadline: 31 October 2022)
    With the DOC-team funding programme, the Austrian Academy of Sciences puts together teams of 3 to 4 doctoral candidates from the humanities and the social and cultural sciences to develop interdisciplinary solutions to problems. More Information

    Upcoming Events

    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)