[CALL] FWF START-Programme


Deadline: 2022-09-20

Internal deadline: 2022-09-16

for outstanding young researchers of any discipline with two and no longer than eight years research experience as Postdoc

If you want to apply for this call
please contact projektSERVICE as soon as possible!



  • This programme will be carried out via PROFI (project funding and submission via research institutions)
  • 5 years (instead of 6 years as before)
  • »new guidelines


Researchers should be given the long-term and extensive financial security to plan their research and either build up or consolidate their own research groups thereby qualifying themselves for a leading position in the academic system (especially as university professors within Austria or abroad).


  • the doctoral degree must have been completed (award of certificate) no less than two years and no longer than eight years before the deadline for submission of applications. Extensions to this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks (see guidelines).
  • excellent research proposal and exceptional international track record
  • scholarly/scientific independence must be proven, applicants should already have acquired competitive third-party funds independently since earning their doctorate 
  • in addition it is desirable that candidates have completed a research stay abroad of at least one year


5 years (instead of 6 years as before), an interim review after 3 years decides on continuation


Minimum 800.000 € up to maximum 1.2 Mio. €


Via the FWF’s electronic application portal (elane)

  • Start: July 2022
  • End: 20th September 2022; the possibility to submit via Elane ends at 14.00 pm CEST.
  • in English


  • decisions are taken by the FWF Board based on recommendations of the International START-/Wittgenstein-Jury; recommendations are based on an international review process and a hearing
  • expected to be 16-17 June 2023
  • awarded by the Federal Minister for Science


about 6 grants