FWF - Principal Investigator Project


(former Stand-Alone Project)

Researchers of any discipline

Target group

Researchers of any discipline who are working in Austria


Funding of individual research in the area of non-profit oriented scholarly/scientific research


high research quality measured on an international scale


  • up to 48 months


Depending on the individual project project-specific costs (personnel and non-personnel costs) may be requested. The number of reviews required depends on the level of funding requested.


Via the FWF’s electronic application portal (elane)

  • accepted continuously, no application deadlines
  • in English


by the FWF Board based on an international review process

Processing time

4 to 6 months in general

Number of reviewers

The number of reviews required for a funding approval depends on the level of funding requested. For requests up to EUR 400.000, at least two reviews are needed; for each additional EUR 200.000, at least one further review is required.

Please note that experience has shown that the average processing time increases significantly with an increase in the number of reviews required.

Please contact projektSERVICE at an early stage of your project planning!