Vienna Science and Technology Fund opened its 4th Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators call for two positions

By Monika Trebo | May 17, 2013

  • WWTF grants a total of €1.5 million per research group for 6 to 8 years. All proposals must address substantial state-of-the-art scientific research questions in the field of Cognitive Sciences and advance the systematic understanding of cognitive processes in humans, animals, and/or machines.
  • WWTF encourages Vienna-based research institutions to propose women who show potential to act as group leaders. Additional funding is possible in cases of successful submissions of female candidates.
  • WWTF takes unconventional research careers into consideration.
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 2 p.m. EDT, July 25, 2013.

Characteristics of a Vienna Research Group

A Vienna Research Group is typically the first "genuine" group led by a young researcher who undertakes the leadership responsibility for a group of several members. The program also enables group members to take the next step in their careers.

The leader of a Vienna Research Group leader is usually two to eight years past completion of their Ph.D.; however, childcare duties may extend this period by up to four years. S/he is independent in designing research work and recruiting staff for the research group. Particularly in the second phase (i.e., years 6, 6-7 or 6-8), the home institution supports the Vienna Research Group by means of contributions in addition to the WWTF funding.

About the call
The call process entails the submission of a concise proposal by the hosting university or research institution, and an interview with selected candidates. Note that this call uses a single-stage procedure. A job announcement - e.g., in a high-impact journal that is relevant to the topic, and via professional societies/mailing lists - is obligatory. The successful appointment of a woman will be rewarded with a financial bonus (maximum ?50,000) for the Vienna host institution, to support their gender-mainstreaming activities.

Further information
For more details, please consult the "WWTF Funding Guidelines for the Vienna Research Groups Program" and the "Guide for Writing a Proposal for the Vienna Research Groups Program," both available online at
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