Pilot Call 2022: Empirical Social Sciences


With a first pilot call in 2022, the WWTF aims to probe the new funding priority "Empirical Social Sciences". It aims to promote empirically oriented social sciences that aim to answer relevant societal questions and challenges. The funding priority addresses all disciplines that can be broadly classified as social sciences. The goal is to strengthen the scientific foundations in the social sciences. The results could potentially contribute to the evidence orientation in societal decision-making. Therefore, a reference to Vienna and Austria is of central importance for the topics to be researched. At the same time, however, a contribution is to be made to international research on these topics, which is also to serve as a benchmark for the funded research here. 

Current calls


Quantitative Data Research

The WWTF launches the call " Quantitative Data Research", a pilot call in the field of Empirical Social Sciences. This call is open to researchers at universities and non-university research institutions, who seek to conduct a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects (duration: 2 to 4 years) on the basis of large data sets on socially relevant issues.

A total of € 3,0 million has been dedicated to this call. The funding range per project is € 250,000 to € 600,000. 

Additional funding opportunities are available for collaborative projects between scientists in Vienna and Lower Austria. Details can be found in the Call Specifications and at wwtf.at/noe.

This is a two stage call:

Deadline for Short Proposals: October 6, 2022 - 2 p.m. CET.

Deadline for Full Proposals (by invitation): February 15, 2023 - 2 p.m. CET.

On June 23, 2022, an online info event for the call was held. Due to the limitation of our Zoom account to 100 participants, it was not possible for all interested parties to participate. We therefore recorded the presentation of Statistics Austria on the Austrian Microdata Center. The presented information of the WWTF about the call can be found in the detailed documents below, i.e. the presentation of the WWTF did not contain any additional information beyond the documents.

Please see the documents below for details on the call and in particular its thematical scope.

Contact for information about the call: Michael Strassnig

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