The new programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) financed by the Fonds Zukunft Österreich serves to promote data-based research (microdata research) in Austria. 


Data-based research represents an enormous potential for socially-relevant fundamental research. It can provide answers to major social questions and make evident social trends and problems through analysis and correlation of data from various fields such as health, demography, social affairs, business and economics, education, the labour market, migration or integration, and thus make a contribution to evidence-based policies.

Since 2022 data research has been allowed by statutory provisions and the establishment of the Austrian Micro Data Center (AMDC) at Statistics Austria in July 2022 has opened up research opportunities in a wealth of data to be used for the first time. 


Funding is intended for projects at Austrian research institutions that develop existing data (from surveys, exhaustive surveys, registers, panels of official statistics, administrative data, etc.) for enhanced empirical-quantitative applications and questions in the field of socio-scientific research; preferably AMDC data sets, and also useable related data sets, in particular those of the Austrian Social Science Data Archive (AUSSDA) and other institutions (ASEP, EOSC, …). Promotion of young scientists is of great importance to the Austrian Academy of Sciences as part of the funding programme.

Target group

The funding programme addresses researchers in all disciplines in Austria.

Projects may be applied for individually or as groups of up to three researchers from different disciplines.

The project must be carried out at an AMDC-accredited academic institution in Austria; however, cooperations with other institutions in Austria and abroad may be established.

Funding term

  • Maximum of 2 years

Amount of grant

The budget for each of the projects is between a minimum of EUR 150,000 and a maximum of EUR 350,000. The total funding available is EUR 3.0 million.

The grant is intended to cover overheads of 10% of the direct project costs. The following direct costs may be applied for:

  • Staff costs
  • Costs for obtaining/maintaining access to available data. Financing the collection of additional, new data is only permitted to a small extent.
  • Costs of consumables
  • Travel expenses
  • Other expenses (e.g. costs of research infrastructure or equipment, software, contracting of external services)


The call for proposals is open to all topics and is published in all of Austria.

It is a two-step application procedure: Step 1 of the application procedure (short proposal) is open to all applicants who fulfil the application requirements (see above); step 2 of the application procedure (full proposal) may only be entered into upon invitation.

The selection process is international; the application and assessment will be done in English.

Call begins: 6 March 2023

Award decision: expected by 30 November 2023

Data protection and rules of good scientific practice

By taking part in this call for proposals the applicants acknowledge that the related data and documents will be forwarded to the members of the jury and to experts. The data and documents will be forwarded for the purpose of evaluation of the application and decision-making with regard to the award of grants (see also the Data Protection Information of ÖAW).

The ÖAW abides by the Guidelines of Good Scientific Practice of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (ÖAWI). All applications will be checked for plagiarism using Similarity (Turnitin). Violations of the rules of good scientific practice will result in immediate exclusion of the application.

Application documents

Call for proposals

Short proposal form

Signature form


Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
Department of Research Funding - National and International Programmes
Dr. Alexander Nagler
Email: programmmanagement(at)
Phone: +43-1-515-81-1272; -1270


Road show

With the start of the call, the OeAW will be giving interested scientists detailed insights into the call, providing information on current developments in the field of data/microdata research, and enabling direct exchange with sponsors, data-providing institutions, researchers from the community and other important stakeholders.

Roadshow Wien, March 15, 2023

ÖAW-Roadshow „Data:Research:Austria“
Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Wien


Presentation Slides

Watch stream

Roadshow Graz, March 8, 2023

ÖAW-Roadshow „Data:Research:Austria“
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Medizinische Universität Graz
MED CAMPUS, Hörsaal MC 5 (MC1.A.EG.012)
Neue Stiftingtalstraße 6, 8010 Graz


Presentation Slides


Monday, January 30, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Johannes Kepler Universität Linz




Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Alexander Nagler
Research Funding – National and International Programmes
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
1010 Wien
T +43 1 51581-1272