The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organization for basic research. The purpose of the FWF is to support the ongoing development of Austrian science and basic research at a high international level. In this way, the FWF makes a significant contribution to cultural development, to the advancement of our knowledge-based society, and thus to the creation of value and wealth in Austria.
About 58% of the FWF's investment in research go into so called stand alone projects with a duration of max. The rest of the activities includes the priority programmes such as national research networks, special research programmes and doctoral programmes allocate, international mobility and career development of female scientists, applied science, awards and prizes, international programmes and publications and science communication. The funding scheme is strictly bottom up and free of any quota for individual scientific disciplines.