The WWTF identifies focus subjects for its funding in the form of thematic programmes that have a life span of several years each. Within the scope of these programmes, time-limited calls are regularly organised for either of the two funding instruments (project funding or research group funding), which are covered by call-specific guidelines and tenders:
Project funding: The WWTF provides funding to major scientific projects in basic research which offer medium- to long-term economic or social benefits. Funding is granted towards the cost of staff, investments, networking and management. To be eligible, project applications must have a term between two and four years. Funding ranges from a minimum of 200,000 € up to a maximum of 1 mio. €.
In the years 2003 to 2016 (as of December 2016), 188 research projects with a duration of 2 to 4 years were funded in the four thematic programmes with a total funding volume of 95 mio. €.
In addition, the City of Vienna funded 26 research projects, 3 fellowships, as well as 12 summer schools in the social sciences and humanities programme, with a total funding volume of 8.3 mio. €.
Research Group Funding - Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators: With funding from the City of Vienna, WWTF aims to attract promising young researchers from abroad to build up their first "own" research group in Vienna and to give them a long-term perspective at this research location. The maximum funding sum available per research group is 1.6 mio. € for a period of six to eight years.
Up to date, 8 Science Chairs have been funded by the WWTF and 14 young researchers have established their research groups in Vienna via the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" with 32.2 mio. €. total funding from the City of Vienna.