Guidelines of national funding bodies

Here is a list of Austrian funding bodies which support open science. Some already have their own open data policies and require data management plans, while others require data management plans in at least some calls. Since most funding bodies compensate the costs associated with data management, you must include a cost calculation in your project application.

Please feel free to contact us already in the application phase. We can help you navigate possible cost factors in your data management.

Austrian funding bodies which support open science

The FWF implemented an open access policy for research data as of 1 January 2019. The policy aims to ensure that research data generated or analysed in FWF projects will be retrievable, accessible, interoperable and reusable in the long term.

Under the new application guidelines, the FWF requires a data management plan (DMP) for all projects seeking approval as of 1 January 2019. This DMP must describe how data is collected, organised, stored, secured, preserved, shared, archived and destroyed for each specific project.

The FWF has defined a minimum set of criteria which must be addressed when filling out the DMP template. The FWF's DMP concurs with the Core Requirements for Data Management Plans, opens a file in a new window of Science Europe.


If no research data or similar materials are generated or analysed, this must be documented in the DMP.


The DMP must be submitted together with the FWF funding contract for all approved projects. It is a prerequisite for the start of your project and the FWF will check for completeness. It must be written in the same language as the funding application. The DMP should contain only the most important information and must not exceed a length of 10,000 characters (including spaces). If more information is needed, it can be provided via links to external sources. The DMP should be regarded as a living document. It may be changed throughout the project, but be sure to document all changes. Submit the final version of your DMP along with your final report.

Download the FWF data management plan template here

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The costs associated with processing, archiving, open access and reuse of research data in repositories can be compensated and should be included in your funding application (see respective application guidelines).


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Currently, the FFG has no policy on open science or open data. However, the FFG's national calls have been pointing out for some time that data management plans are useful tools when dealing with research data management. With the current IKT der Zukunft calls (November 2020), the FFG is now requiring a mandatory DMP for the first time. A first version of the DMP has to be submitted as an annex to the project description in the application.

The FFG has said that open science initiatives will play an even more important role in the future, as open science enables the reproduction of research results, as well as transparency in research methodology. You can find more information here:, opens an external URL in a new window

The WWTF recognizes the importance and potential of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in uniting researchers from different faculties and institutions and promoting interactive partnerships in the city of Vienna. Currently, explicit planning of research data management is mandatory in the life sciences, especially in clinical calls. Although research data management must be addressed in WWTF funding applications, detailed data management plans, though useful tools, are not yet required. WWTF funding also covers costs associated with data management.

If you are looking for suitable templates for a data management plan or need help formulating your research data management strategy, please contact us. We are happy to advise you.

Through its program go!digital, opens an external URL in a new window, which seeks to sustainably improve the framework for data-supported and data-driven research, the ÖAW promotes the development of the humanities. A data management plan is required for this program.

Currently, no other regional or national programs require open data or a mandatory data management plan.