Austrian Science Fund

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Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Abbreviation FWF
Motto We strengthen science and the humanities in Austria
Formation 4 March 1968; 47 years ago (1968-03-04)
For other uses, see FWF.

The Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (abbreviated FWF, Austrian Science Fund in English) 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.


The Austrian Science Fund was established in 1967 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 has been elected president of the FWF on 6 June 2013.


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

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