Our mission is to support outstanding scientific research by providing funding resources. Excellent scientific projects are selected according to stringent criteria and competitive procedures. Projects receive substantial financial support from the WWTF. We embed our scientific work in socially relevant issues through carefully planned focus areas and active networking between disciplines and institutions. This is how we seek to contribute to a better world through science and research.

How and who do we fund?

We establish long-term thematic programmes to strengthen the Vienna research community in targeted areas of necessity. Within these programmes, we run regular calls for individuals and/or projects.


We support larger scientific projects that have a perspective for medium- to long-term economic and/or societal benefits. Funding is to be used primarily for personnel costs. Project durations range from 2-4 years. Depending on the call, the requested funding may range up to € 1 million per project.


With funds from the City of Vienna, we aim to attract promising young researchers from abroad to Vienna and help them establish long-term perspectives in Vienna. A maximum total funding of € 1.6 million, distributed over 6-8 years, is provided to enable the researcher to establish their first independent research group.

Additional Funding Measures

We also fund accompanying projects, although to a lesser extent and mainly within our existing programmes. The maximum funding amount is €100,000. The initiative for such projects comes from the WWTF.

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