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Funding-Newsletter April 2023

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.


Starting March 2023: FWF Switches Administration of Stand-Alone Projects to PROFI
Since 2019, the FWF has been gradually switching the administration of its funding programs to the new PROFI mode. This change is intended to make the funding process easier for researchers and their institutions while ensuring autonomy in the application process. The administration of Stand-Alone Projects will switch over to PROFI starting March 20, 2023. More information

FWF: FWF Open-Access Block Grant Starting in 2024
Since 2019, the FWF has been gradually switching the administration of its funding programs to the new PROFI mode. Starting in 2024, the FWF will be providing a new instrument to support open-access publishing: the FWF open-access block grant. More information

FWF - Call for applications: Members of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Board for the functional period 2023-2026
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is seeking members of the FWF Board for the functional period 2023-2026 by June 4, 2023. The FWF therefore invites scientists to apply as members for the upcoming functional period. Speakers or alternates are sought for 32 scientific fields. More information (only in German)

Current FFG projects: Above-average inflation
According to the FFG cost guidelines, hourly rates are to be calculated using the annual wage account for the last completed calendar year. However, since the jump in inflation between 2022 and 2023 was above average, the hourly rates from 2023 can be used for reporting periods ending in 2023. However, the hourly rate from 2023 may only be used for hours from this year.

ENGAGE.EU: Research Collaboration Platform
ENGAGE.EU is launching the new Research Collaboration Platform that will faciliate collaboration and networking among researchers of the nine partner universities, as well as sharing inspiring articles, events and news.

International Funding

Horizon Europe
All open and forthcoming calls can be found in the Funding & Tenders Portal. Below you find only some examples of a huge number of highly relevant calls:

Strategies to strengthen the European linguistic capital in a globalised world

Minimise costs and maximise benefits of job creation and job destruction

Market Uptake Measures of renewable energy systems 

ERC Advanced Grant
The call is open to all topics and disciplines and is aimed at top researchers who want to break new ground in their research (deadline 23 May 2023).

Helpful information about the Erasmus+ programme can be found in the Programme Guide. The submission deadlines for 2023 are listed here. Please note the call for proposals under Key Action 2 on Alliances for Innovation (deadline 03 May 2023).

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships
This call of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions encourages researchers holding a PhD who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility (deadline 13  September 2023).

The thematically open programme funds interdisciplinary research networks. COST Actions cover the expenses of networking activities rather than research and as such is used to organise and fund scientific events, reimburse travel expenses for scientific purposes, and promote publications. Information on the open call can be found here (deadline 25 October 2023).

National Funding

FWF has established together with eleven other European research funding organisations network for the purpose of funding cross-border research projects. As part of the “Weave” initiative, researchers from two or three countries can carry out closely integrated, joint research projects. Proposals will be processed according to the lead agency procedure, meaning that only one of the participating funding organisations is responsible for reviewing the proposal and making a funding recommendation, while the funding is done separately by each respective national funding organisation. More information

Belgium/Flanders (Lead Agency Belgium): 3 April 2023

Switzerland (Lead Agency Switzerland): 3 April 2023

Luxembourg (Lead Agency Luxembourg): 20 April 2023

Netidee SCIENCE (FWF) (deadline: 10 April 2023)
The objective behind netidee SCIENCE funding is to support independent basic research on the opportunities and challenges presented by the internet and related innovations at Austria's universities and non-university research institutions. Funding is provided for forward-looking research projects that advance scientific knowledge about the internet, its underlying technologies and methods, and the resulting social aspects. Mehr Informationen

Data:Research:Austria (ÖAW) (deadline short proposal: 02 May 2023)
The new programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) financed by the Fonds Zukunft Österreich serves to promote data-based research (microdata research) in Austria. Funding is intended for projects at Austrian research institutions that develop existing data (from surveys, exhaustive surveys, registers, panels of official statistics, administrative data, etc.) for enhanced empirical-quantitative applications and questions in the field of socio-scientific research; preferably AMDC data sets, and also useable related data sets, in particular those of the Austrian Social Science Data Archive (AUSSDA) and other institutions (ASEP, EOSC, …). The budget for each of the projects is between a minimum of EUR 150,000 and a maximum of EUR 350,000. More information

International Communication (ÖFG) (next deadline: 11 June 2023)
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

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!

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

WU Anniversary Fund of the City of Vienna (Deadline: 25 April 2023)
Funding area: WU projects that serve to improve Vienna’s international competitiveness as a cultural, scientific, and economic center and that are expected to strengthen the cooperation between economic sciences and the business community in Vienna. More information

WU Projects (Deadline: 13 June 2023)
Generating publishable research findings through an independently conducted project. WU Projects are intended to fill the niche not covered by the calls for applications issued by the major national funding bodies (OeNB and FWF). WU Projects should lead to further third party-funded projects. More information

Post-doc Research Contracts (Deadline: 13 June 2023)
Post-Doc Research Contracts are intended to support WU’s outstanding post-doc level researchers in their research efforts. The goal of these contracts, in the form of a sabbatical or semester-long leave of absence, is to strengthen the grant recipient’s academic career by giving them more time for their actual research work and to help researchers create and strengthen international networks. More information

Research Contracts for Senior Researchers (Deadline: 13 June 2023)
Research contracts are intended to support outstanding WU researchers in their research efforts and release them from their teaching obligations. They are a type of sabbatical or research leave. More information

Dr. Maria Schaumayer Habilitation Grant (Deadline: 31.05.2023)
The Dr. Maria Schaumayer Habilitation Grant is funded by the Austrian National Bank OeNB and is aimed at women in assistant professor positions at WU. The grant is intended to support women researchers in the social and economic sciences by releasing them from general teaching and administrative duties and allowing them to work on their habilitation projects as freely as possible and without interruption. More Infromation

    Awards, Grants and Scholarships

    Dr. Maria Schaumayer Foundation (Deadline: 15 April and 15 October 2023)
    Awards and sponsorship prizes to support women's careers
    Objective of this non-profit foundation: active support and promotion of women's careers in business and science; promotion of research and improvement of the framework conditions for these careers.More Information (only in German)

    Award of the Juristische Blätter (Deadline: 31 May 2023)
    The Verlag Österreich awards the Juristische Blätter Prize for outstanding scientific legal work. More Information (only in German)

    AK Science Award (AK Upper Austria) (Deadline: 30 June 2023)
    The Chamber of Labour for Upper Austria awards an annual science prize for scientific work and research that serves to improve the working and living conditions of employees. Topic 2023: "Socially fair climate protection" More Information (only in German)

    Platform for theses (
    only in German

    ENGAGE.EU: Junior Fellowship Program (University of Toulouse)
    This call for projects is aimed at junior researchers, who want to move to Toulouse and who have up to three years experience after their PhD. The net salary is fixed between 3000 – 3500 euros (net) per month. An annual budget for professional travel and laboratory running costs may be requested. More Information

    Upcoming Events

    • FFG Academy – the FFG offers training sessions for prospective and successful applicants. The course Application in Horizon Europe (13.-14.06.2023) is primarily focused on collaborative projects.

    • FWF Calendar (scientific events and calls)

    • Research Talk: FWF
      May 22, 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm; Online (Zoom)
      The Austrian Science Fund – FWF for short - is Austria’s main funding body for basic research. At this event, you will get a general overview of the FWF, its role in the Austrian research system, its programmes, working methods, and decision-making process.

    • Network Meeting - WU Anniversary Fund of the City of Vienna
      October 12, 2023
      An invitation to register will be send via email lists.

    • Research Talk: OeNB
      November 23, 2023, 10:00 am; Online

      An invitation to register will be send via email lists.