Pilot Call 2022: Empirical Social Sciences

With this pilot call in 2022, the WWTF aims to explore funding of a new research area "Empirical Social Sciences". This call aims to promote empirically oriented social sciences that address relevant societal questions and challenges. It is open to all disciplines that can broadly classified as social sciences. A goal of this call is to strengthen scientific foundations in the social sciences, and results arising funded projects may potentially contribute to evidence orientation in social decision-making. Thus, a focus or reference to Vienna and Austria should be of central importance in the topics to be researched. At the same time, projects should contribute to international research on these topics, which will in turn serve as benchmark for evaluation.

Current calls

Quantitative Data Research

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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