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Life Sciences 2023

The Life Sciences 2023 Call „Understanding Biology with AI/ML” opened for submissions on 31st January 2023. This call is directed at researchers in Vienna who seek to conduct a cutting-edge research project (2 - 4 years) that addresses a question in biology, biomedicine, or clinical sciences by applying innovative artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) methods to large data sets.

A total of € 6 million has been dedicated to this call. The funding range per project is € 400,000 - € 800,00. Additional funding opportunities are available for collaborative projects between scientists in Vienna and Lower Austria. Details can be found at Joint Projects - WWTF.

This is a two-stage call:

  • Deadline for short proposals: 4th April 2023, 2pm
  • Deadline for full proposals (upon invitation): 8th August 2023, 2pm
  • The funding decision is expected in mid-December 2023

In an online workshop on 16th December 2022, six invited speakers currently working at the interface of experimental biology or clinical sciences and AI/ML shared insights and experiences from their own research. The recording of the workshop can be found here: 

To enable networking across research fields, WWTF has launched a matchmaking platform: All interested parties are encouraged to register and connect on this networking platform.

An online information session to introduce important aspects of the call and steps to submitting a short proposal in WWTF’s Funding Portal was held on 14th February 2023. The recording can be found here: 

Further information can be found in the "Call Fiche", "Call Specifications" and “Submission Guideline” documents below. Please check this page regularly for additional information. Please do not hesitate to contact the call manager Grace Liu for more details.

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Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators 2023

The 14th Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators call 2023 is issued for up to three group leader positions as part of the WWTF’s Information and Communication Technology programme.

  • It addresses Vienna-based universities and research institutions that intend to hire an excellent young researcher from abroad for setting-up and managing an independent research group. Active recruitment procedures are mandatory.
  • This group must address substantial state-of the-art scientific research questions in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and at the same time demonstrate mid-term relevance to industry.
  • WWTF especially encourages Vienna-based research institutions to propose female group leaders.
  • WWTF takes unconventional research careers into consideration.
  • WWTF in total grants up to three positions with up to € 1.6 million per research group for six to eight years of funding. Please submit proposals online. 
  • For more details please refer to the VRG 23 Call Fiche, the "Call Specifications" and the "Submission Guideline".

Submission deadline: 2pm CET, March 15th, 2023.

All interested parties are cordially invited to an online Proposers’ Day on 18th of January, 10am–12 noon (please contact us for registration). Link to the meeting below:

Meeting ID: 857 5151 0064

Passcode: 631411

Hearings: 21st - 22nd September 2023


Public announcements University of Vienna:

Public announcements Technische Universität Wien:


Please do not hesitate to contact the Call Manager for more information:

Donia Lasinger
Tel.: +43-1-402 31 43 - 16


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Empirical Social Sciences 2022

Vienna Science and Technology Fund launched the call " Quantitative Data Research", a pilot call in the field of Empirical Social Sciences in April 2022. This call is open to researchers at universities and non-university research institutions, who seek to conduct a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects (duration: 2 to 4 years) on the basis of large data sets on socially relevant issues.

A total of € 3,0 million has been dedicated to this call. The funding range per project is € 250,000 to € 600,000. 

This is a two stage call:

  • Deadline for short proposal was on October 6, 2022.
  • The call Jury decided on October 31, 2022 on the invitation to full proposals.
  • Deadline for full proposals (upon invitation): February 15, 2023 - 2 p.m. CET.
  • A funding decision is expected for end of June 2023.

55 short proposals were submitted, from which 19 have been selected for the full proposal stage. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the call manager for further information:

Michael Strassnig

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NEXT - New Exciting Transfer Projects 2022

WWTF calls often require societal and economic relevance in addition to scientific excellence. This call provides the opportunity to further explore this avenue. The overall aim of the NEXT call is to help create ideas which show how results from WWTF funded research can be transferred to the next level of exploitation and utilization. A NEXT project should focus on one main transfer activity.

The possibility to apply is only open upon invitation for the WWTF project calls ESR17, LS17, CS18, LS18, ICT19, LS19 and Vienna Research Group leaders from 2017-2019 that are still in Vienna. A total of € 400,000 are dedicated to this call. WWTF grants a maximum of € 75,000 per project.

Proposals had to be submitted by 2pm on January 19, 2023 via the online submission system. The proposals are now under evaluation.

Please contact the Call Manager for more information: Donia Lasinger


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