Funding programmes

We regularly screen, regional, national, European and international funding programmes and provide you with summed-up information. On this page we present a brief overview of the most sought-after programmes offered by the key funding organisations.

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National

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), opens an external URL in a new window is the national funding agency for business-related research and development in Austria. FFG funding largely contributes towards generating new knowledge, developing new products and services, and thus being more competitive on the global market. They facilitate or enable the financing of research and innovation projects and help to cushion the research risk. The FFG supports international networking and promotes academic careers. This largely covers the areas below, according to the following structure:

 

Basic programmes

Extensive support for research and development (R&D) is open to all topics enabling the FFG's basic programme division to strengthen the competitive capacity of Austrian businesses. The division offers funding programmes that are compatible with each other for any project phase - from the initial idea to the specific research project and transition to market. FFG experts assess the application from a technical and business perspective; funding decisions are made several times throughout the year. Universities can only participate as third-party service providers.

 

Structural programmes

These programmes enable businesses, research and transfer institutions to find new forms of collaboration, generate new knowledge and develop new areas of strength. The structural programme division supports skills development and the transfer of innovation into cooperation between academia, business and society, thus optimising (infra)structures for research and development. This means that the Austrian innovation system and the Austrian economy are continuously being reinforced.

 

Thematic programmes

These programmes have a strategic focus on research, development and innovation. Selected cutting-edge fields and key technologies with a high potential for business and society are thus targeted and given constant support. A combined subject portfolio enables synergies between research, technology and innovation focus areas and communication technology, digitalization and broadband infrastructure, mobility and transport infrastructure, aviation, energy, urban development and the environment, production technologies, nanotechnologies and quantum technologies, as well as security and defence.

 

European and international programmes

The task of this division is to continuously strengthen Austria's participation in programmes, initiatives and campaigns in European and international research and technological collaborations - particularly the EU research programme, Horizon Europe. The information, consultancy and networking offers for businesses, universities, research institutes, etc. ranges from project-specific support to targeted support in strategic positioning within the European research and innovation environment. The strategic offers of support also take account of European background information, as well as future-orientated information on developments in the European FTI programme sphere.

 

Agency for aviation and aerospace

This is the docking station on the international aerospace scene for Austrian business and science. It implements domestic aviation and aerospace policy and represents Austria on international aviation and aerospace committees. As a result, Austria's representation in the European Space Agency (ESA) is strategically important. The aim is to strengthen the international positioning of Austrian industry, business and science in these key technologies for economic and technical development and the continued development of an Austrian space cluster.

 

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The FWF Austrian Science Fund, opens an external URL in a new window is  Austria's largest funding organisation for fundamental research. Its portfolio ranges from individual projects to career programmes and coordinated programmes, with the aim of establishing focus areas with international visibility. Below you will find a brief overview of the most sought-after programmes at TU Wien.

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FWF Stand-Alone Project

Funding for stand-alone projects in the sphere of fundamental research with a high degree of scientific quality at an international level. The programme is open to researchers in all disciplines throughout Austria.

 

FWF Joint Project

This programme is open to all topics and supports integrated bilateral research projects with a strong content in the sphere of fundamental research. Deadlines for submissions and evaluation procedures vary depending on the partner country.

 

FWF Schrödinger Programme

This programme is open to highly-qualified junior researchers in all disciplines throughout Austria. The aim is to support cooperation with leading research institutes abroad and to acquire experience abroad at the post-doctoral stage. This should enable access to new scientific areas, methods, procedures and technologies, for the researcher to make a contribution towards further scientific development in Austria on their return.

 

FWF Lise Meitner Programme

This programme is aimed at highly-qualified researchers from abroad, in all disciplines, who can make a contribution towards further scientific development in an Austrian research institution.

An additional objective of this programme is the reintegration of post-doctoral researchers from their period abroad and their reintroduction to an Austrian research institution.

 

Peer-reviewed publications

Publication costs for publications resulting from FWF projects cannot be funded by FWF. These usually need to be financed in advanced from general project costs. However, they can be settled later via the "Referenced publications" programme.

The Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), opens an external URL in a new window is the regional funding organisation for fundamental research and issues calls for tender within the context of thematic focus areas. The focus areas are established for the long term cooperations, to establish internationally competitive scientific skills  and promote Vienna as a scientific centre of excellence.  The establishment of focal points is preceded by an extensive research and consultation process.

Subject-specific tenders invite the relevant Viennese research community to submit major research projects, research groups or smaller formats (e.g. summer schools).

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The Vienna Business Agency, opens an external URL in a new window offers three programmes that are relevant to TU Wien. The R&D communication programme supports the initial implementation of an initiative that informs the public about new technologies or research services. R&D initiation of collaboration supports the initial phase of future national and international R&D collaborations. In the research programme, two thematic calls for tender are issued each year.

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Apart from the FWF, WWTF, FFG and WAW, there are also other national funding organisations to help you implement your research project.

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Selected national and international funding organisations

External databases for searching for funding programmes

European

NOTE: Horizon Europe, the European funding programme for research and innovation, starts in 2021. The first calls for tender for submission of project proposals are planned for spring/summer 2021. The final work programmes and funding focus areas have not yet been published.

HORIZON Europe: European Research Council (ERC)

The "European Research Council" (ERC)  has established itself as a globally visible, European funding programme for cutting-edge and frontier research, to enable junior or existing leading researchers of excellence and their teams to pursue ground-breaking fundamental research projects. For more detailed information on the following highly competitive programmes and funding guidelines, please visit our internally accessible Confluence pages: https://colab.tuwien.ac.at/x/F0T1AQ, opens an external URL in a new window

 

ERC Advanced Grant

To fund excellent, established researchers of any nationality to carry out ground-breaking fundamental research projects

 

ERC Consolidator Grant

To fund excellent researchers of any nationality to carry out a ground-breaking fundamental research project and to consolidate their independent research careers in Europe.

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ERC Proof of Concept Grants

To fund the development and commercial or societal innovative potential of a concept that has arisen from a current or completed ERC project

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ERC Starting Grant

To fund excellent researchers of any nationality to carry out ground-breaking fundamental research projects and to develop their own research teams or programmes in Europe

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ERC Synergy Grant

To fund a small group of excellent researchers of any nationality to carry out ground-breaking fundamental research project

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HORIZON Europe: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions support researchers in their career development through international mobility and knowledge transfer between the academic and non-academic sector. It also enables the co-financing of national doctoral and scholarship programmes. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) comprises a total of four actions for which a call for tenders is made each year.

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  • MSCA-Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes
  • MSCA-Doctoral Programmes
  • MSCA-Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • MSCA-Staff Exchange

For tenders in 2021 and 2022, the various topic areas in the six Health "destinations" are still discussed.

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Destinations

  1. Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society
  2. Living and working in a health-promoting environment
  3. Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
  4. Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high quality health care
  5. Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society
  6. Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health-related industry

The activities in cluster 2 "Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society" are primarily aimed at researchers and applicants from the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies (GSK) as well as from artistic disciplines.

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Destinations

  • Innovative Research on Democracy and Governance
  • Innovative Research on the European Cultural Heritage and the Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Innovative Research on Social and Economic Transformations

"Civil Security for Society" supports the implementation of the EU's political priorities in the fields of security, cybersecurity and civil protection.

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Destinations

  • Better protect the EU and its citizens against Crime and Terrorism
  • Effective management of EU external borders
  • Protected Infrastructure
  • Increased Cybersecurity
  • Disaster-Resilient Society for Europe
  • Strengthened Security Research and Innovation
  • Other actions not subject to calls for proposals

Cluster 4 can be seen as a follow-up programme to LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies) in Horizon 2020. Greater weight is given to multidisciplinary research communities as well as climate-neutral, sustainable and clean industry and the shaping of Europe's digital future.

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Destinations

  • Climate neutral, circular and digitized production
  • A digitized, resource efficient and resilient industry
  • World leading data and computing technologies
  • Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the green deal
  • Strategic autonomy in developing, deploying and using global space-based infrastructures, services, applications and data
  • A human centered and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies

Cluster 5 includes 9 intervention areas and 2 missions and probably 11 partnerships will be thematically assigned to the Climate, Energy and Mobility cluster. The calls are likely to be initiated in the first half of 2021. We expect annual tenders in all 6 areas (destinations).

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Destinations

  • Climate sciences and responses
  • Cross-sectoral solutions
  • Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply
  • Efficient, sustainable and inclusive energy use
  • Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes
  • Safe Resilient Transport and Smart Mobility services for passengers and goods

Cluster 6 includes 7 intervention areas. Two missions and 8 partnerships can be thematically assigned to cluster 6. The calls are likely to be initiated in the first half of 2021. Annual tenders in all 7 areas (destinations) are expected.

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Destinations

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  • Fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food systems from primary production to consumption
  • Circular economy and bioeconomy sectors
  • Clean environment and zero pollution
  • Land, oceans and water for climate action
  • Resilient, inclusive, healthy and green rural, coastal and urban communities
  • Innovative governance, environmental observations and digital solutions in support of the Green Deal

The European Green Deal includes an action plan to promote more efficient use of resources by transitioning to a cleaner and more cycle-orientated economy to restore biodiversity and combat environmental pollution.

The plan shows which investments are necessary and how these may be financed. It explains how an equitable and inclusive transition can be achieved.The EU's aim is to be climate-neutral by 2050.

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EIT Manufacturing is on a mission to link European actors in the production industry to innovation ecosystems, thus creating unique added value for European products, processes and services in the production industry sector and consequently initiating the development of manufacturing that is both globally competitive and sustainable.

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The European Innovation Council (EIC) supports ground-breaking innovations that have a disruptive effect and international scaling potential. The EIC financing mechanisms cover the entire innovation development cycle.

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EIC - Accelerator

Accelerator projects (TRL 6-9) focus on high-risk innovations with potentially disruptive effects on the market. They are proposed by an individual start-up or SME to promote the development of a prototype into a market-ready end product to scale their business

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EIC - Pathfinder

Pathfinder projects with technology readiness (Technology Readiness Level, TRL) 1 to 4 are aimed at visionary, radically new technologies. These arise from collaborative research in high-risk projects and long-term visions. Funding covers all phases, from the idea to the proof of concept and validation

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EIC - Transition Activities

Transition Activities (TRL 4 to 6) help to plug the gaps between Pathfinder and Accelerator. They include activities to draw up a business plan or even to establish a spin-off company

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International

In addition to HORIZON Europe, there are also other funding options that may be of interest.

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  • Bilateral initiatives
  • COSME
  • EFRE - European Fund for Regional Development
  • EIP – European Innovation Partnerships
  • ETP – European Technology Platforms
  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • EUREKA
  • Eurostars
  • EU - structure funds - European cohesion policy
  • International Education And University Management Projects
  • JPI – Joint Programming Initiatives
  • JTI - Joint Technology Initiatives
  • PPP – Public Private Partnerships
  • USA - SAM code
  • University partnerships
  • Scientific and Technical Cooperation (STC)