Austrian Science Fund

The Austrian Science Fund (German: Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, FWF) is the most important Austrian funding organization for basic research. The FWF supports research in science, engineering, and the humanities through a large variety of grant programmes, prizes and by funding infrastructure. The self-governed organization is based in Vienna and financed by the Austrian federal government.

Austrian Science Fund
Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
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MottoWe strengthen science and the humanities in Austria
Formation4 March 1968 (1968-03-04)


The Austrian Science Fund was established in 1967 and had a budget of 91 million euros in 2001. Most projects are individual research grants for up to three years. In addition, it also supports national research clusters, doctoral schools, scholarships for young researchers and awards like the START- and Wittgenstein-Preis. Pascale Ehrenfreund was elected president of the FWF on 6 June 2013. In recent years, the Austrian Science Fund provides growing support for the publication of articles and monographs in the open access format.[1]


The Austrian Science Fund is a member of the European Science Foundation.

See also


  1. Markin, Pablo (14 April 2017). "The Austrian Science Fund Endorses De Gruyter for its Open Access Publishing Program". OpenScience. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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