The WWTF sets priorities for its funding activities in the form of thematic programmes, each of which is valid for several years. Within these programmes, calls for one of the two funding instruments (project or individual funding) are regularly issued for a limited period of time, whereby the call-specific guidelines and call texts must be observed:
Project funding: The WWTF supports larger scientific projects that have a medium to long-term economic and/or social exploitation perspective. The funding covers mainly personnel costs, but also investment, networking and overhead costs. The possible project duration ranges from two to four years. Depending on the specific call for proposals, the funding amount can be up to € 1 million.
From 2003-2019 (as of December 2019), the WWTF's calls for proposals in the five existing thematic research programmes have enabled 234 research projects with durations of between 2 and 5 years to be funded with a total of around € 126 million.
In addition, 26 research projects, three fellowships and 12 summer schools were funded with a total amount of € 8.3 million in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Sciences program which was financed by the City of Vienna.
Funding for individuals - Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators: Funds provided by the City of Vienna are intended to attract promising young researchers from outside Vienna and, if possible, to bind them to the location in the long term. The maximum total funding amount is € 1.6 million spread over six to eight years. This should enable the establishment of the first own research group. This funding program has so far enabled 21 research group leaders to be brought to Vienna.
Eight further renowned researchers have come to Vienna as endowed professors thanks to WWTF funding. The previous funding for individuals and groups amounts to € 42.2 million.
Complementary instruments: To a lesser extent, the WWTF provides funding for accompanying activities and projects, mainly within the existing priority areas. The maximum funding amount is € 50 thousand. So far, 15 of these projects have been funded with a total of € 0.6 million.