Lead Agency process with Austria

Under the Lead Agency process, a joint application by researchers in Switzerland and Austria can be submitted to one of the two national research funding organisations. The submission process is governed by the provisions in force at the relevant organisation.

At the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Lead Agency process is limited to the funding scheme "Stand-Alone Projects".

Lead Agency projects can also be submitted to the call “Urgent Funding SARS-CoV-2”. The applications are subject to the same provisions that govern project funding.

In both countries the maximum project duration is 4 years.

At 25 per cent, success rates at the FWF are considerably lower than success rates at the SNSF.

The Lead Agency is always located in the country in which a higher funding amount is requested. In unclear or borderline cases, the funding organisations involved must be contacted to determine the Lead Agency prior to submission.

If the requested funding amount is higher in Austria, the FWF is responsible for the evaluation of the overall project. The conditions for Stand-Alone Projects apply and the relevant forms need to be completed. The FWF does not set any specific submission dates and applications can therefore be submitted all year round.

If the SNSF acts as Lead Agency, the Austrian partners submit the required FWF forms to the FWF, according to the conditions for Stand-Alone Projects.

If you are planning to submit your Lead Agency proposal in a language other than English (only possible in certain disciplines of the humanities and social sciences), you will need to discuss this with all of the involved agencies in advance.

If you submit an application under the Lead Agency process to a foreign partner organization which serves as Lead Agency or as part of an ERA-NET call, you have to complete the DMP on mySNF once the project is approved, regardless of whether a DMP is requested by the foreign partner organization/by the consortium. The DMP covers all research data which are generated or used during the project and has to comply with the SNSF Open Research Data Policy.

July 2018