[CALL] FWF/ÖAW: Zukunftskolleg/Young Independent Researcher Groups


Internal deadline: 2018-02-22

Deadline: 2018-02-28

For an interdisciplinary team of 3-5 post-docs (at least 2 research institutions/faculties).

Please note the internal deadline! Your application has to be sent to  "Research Service" (allison.oreilly@univie.ac.at) by 2018-02-22 at the latest.

With the support of the Österreich-Fonds the FWF is announcing the “Young Independent Researcher Groups”, a cooperation programme between the ÖAW and the FWF. The FWF invites applications to the call for the “Expression of Interest (EoI)”.

Target groups

  • An outstanding international team of young researchers (postdocs from Austria and abroad max. 4 years after the doctorate)1 in all scientific disciplines2, especially in the humanities and social and cultural sciences, form a Young Independent Researcher Group at Austrian research institutions.
  • One researcher acts as the coordinator for the Young Independent Researcher Group; each researcher may take part in only one proposal for a Young Independent Researcher Group.
  • There is no limit on the number of proposals that can be submitted by a research institution. Each research institution can thus submit several proposals or participate in several proposals.
  • If there are any questions regarding the connection to a suitable research institution, potential applicants can contact members of the Executive Board of the FWF or the Austrian Academy of Sciences personally and seek the relevant advice.

Programme objectives

  • Promotion of young postdocs (0–4 years after doctorate).
  • Medium-term research cooperation (4 years) on a complex, current topic in mixed teams of at least 3 to max. 5 researchers3.
  • Research cooperation should be interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary on innovative subjects.
  • The research question is to be deepened or newly consolidated at at least two research institutions or two organisational units4; of a research institution.


Before submitting a project outline (Expression of Interest), the Young Independent Researcher Group must jointly agree on the following conditions. In case of an invitation to a full proposal it must be prepared accordingly and coordinated with the applicant and the participating research institution(s):

Research programme

  • State-of-the-art in research on which the Young Independent Researcher Group is based
  • Presentation of shared goals, questions and concepts in the Young Independent Researcher Group
  • Interdisciplinary5, innovative6 research approaches in the Young Independent Researcher Group’s research programme
  • Concise presentation of the innovative and cutting-edge character of the research topic
  • Description of the thematic coherence and the expected value of innovation through cooperation in the Young Independent Researcher Group:
    • a) by using a coherent and consistent terminology
    • b) by identifying the relevant characteristics of the problem
    • c) by presenting the aspects to be examined
    • d) by integrating the various disciplinary theories into a common theoretical approach
    • e) through the description of how the synthesis is formed – common language, theoretical basis, individual contributions
  • Analysis/concept for the gender-appropriate orientation of the research approaches where thematically relevant; analysis of ethical aspects.

Quality and composition of the research team

  • For each early-career researcher
    • a) Description of qualifications, presentation of expertise, the research potential, the available capacity and the scientific/scholarly vision
    • b) International cooperation
  • For the team
    • a) Presentation of cooperation and communication structure in the team

Further effects

Dissemination strategies and scientific communication: measures with regard to the profile of the Young Independent Researcher Group.

Lenght of funding

  • Maximum 4 years

Level of funding

  • Maximum €500,000/year; these costs include personnel costs for postdocs (head) and employed PhDs, postdocs, materials, equipment, travel, other costs and 5 % general project costs.
  • In addition 25% overhead costs will be provided

Expression of Interest (Eol) includes

  • The proposal form (incl. scientific abstract) and the presentation of the scientific qualifications7 of the participating researchers.
  • The applying research institution must submit this, in English, as a PDF file (not scanned) by e-mail to sabine.haubenwallner(at)fwf.ac.at and as a signed hard copy by post (date of postmark) to the FWF by 28 February 2018 at the latest.
  • The submission of this “Expression of Interest” is a condition of eligibility for a full proposal. By mid-March 2018, the FWF will invite all submissions that meet the necessary formal application requirements to submit a full proposal.
  • This full proposal must be submitted by 20 April 2018 at the latest on the basis of the guidelines forwarded with the invitation by the FWF.