In June 2021, FWF started the excellence funding programme excellent=Austria with a call for Clusters of Excellence (CoE). CoEs have a duration of 60 + 60 months. The annual budget for each CoE is between € 2m to € 7m. For the selection of the CoE, FWF employs a multi-stage selection procedure. The main goal is to “support outstanding basic research – open topic, in line with the highest international standards, and with plenty of freedom for unconventional approaches”.
With its Excellence Planning Grants, WWTF intends to fund Viennese universities and research institutions for activities regarding writing a proposal for the FWF CoE. The aim of the planning grants is to provide additional resources (via financial support) to help to increase success rates of “Viennese” proposals, in favor of the scientific competitiveness of Vienna. WWTF thereby supports the work intensive phases (concept and full proposal stages) in the multistage application process for the CoE.