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Where ideas are born

Support outstanding researchers throughout Austria

The aim of basic research is to explore the unknown in order to find pioneering solutions. For example, the Austrian Nobel Prize winner Karl Landsteiner discovered the blood groups at the beginning of the 20th century. The findings of his research have saved the lives of millions of people so far.

However, great achievements are not the sole providence of biology and medicine. The results of the natural sciences and engineering create progress and prosperity. The knowledge generated by the humanities and social sciences helps us to better understand people, their history, and their future.

Kick-start research projects for a better future.


Prof. Dr. Monika Henzinger Research area informatics I University of Vienna
Portrait Prof. Dr. Monika Henzinger

With the "netidee SCIENCE" funding of the Internet Foundation Austria, Monika Henzinger (University of Vienna) is researching algorithms that make networks even more efficient and reliable.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cecilia Poletti Research area materials science | Graz University of Technology
Portrait Maria Cecilia Poletti

Thanks to the research award of the Austrian Society for Metallurgy and Materials (ASMET), the materials researcher Maria Cecilia Poletti (TU Graz) can develop new models for metal compounds. Her results provide the basis for the optimisation of manufacturing processes and the conservation of resources..

the climate

Prof. Dr. Christoph Spötl Research area geology | University of Innsbruck
Portrait Prof. Dr. Christoph Spötl

With the support of the Weiss Foundation, the geologist Christoph Spötl (University of Innsbruck) is gathering valuable climate data from ice caves in the Alps. His data provide the basis for more assessments of the consequences of global warming.

the Internet

Dr. Sabrina Kirrane Research area informatics I WU Vienna
Portrait Dr. Sabrina Kirrane

Sabrina Kirrane (WU Wien) is researching the foundation for the next web generation. Thanks to the “netidee SCIENCE” funding of the Internet Foundation Austria, the computer scientist can develop particularly trustworthy protocols for the web of tomorrow.


Dr. Kai Kummer Research area neuroscience | Medical University of Innsbruck
Portrait Kai Kummer

The neuroscientist Kai Kummer (Medical University of Innsbruck) is able to investigate the causes of chronic pain thanks to the financial support of the Weiss Foundation. His research provides insights into why women and men react differently to pain.


Dr. Daniel Slamanig Research area cryptography | Austrian Institute of Technology

The computer scientist Daniel Slamanig (AIT) received the “netidee SCIENCE” Award of the Internet Foundation Austria in 2018 and thanks to this support, has researched better ways of protecting information on the Internet. The award helps highlight the beneficial aspects of the Internet through basic research.


Dr. Alexander Gohm Research area meteorology | University of Innsbruck
Portrait Alexander Gohm

Storms are a big source of danger in the mountains. Thanks to the funding from the Weiss Foundation, the meteorologist Alexander Gohm (University of Innsbruck) can improve our understanding of the alpine föhn winds in order to be able to better predict hazardous situations.


Wolfgang Putz und Rudolf Bauer Philanthropists | Dr. Gottfried und Dr. Vera Weiss Foundation
Portrait Wolfgang Putz und Rudolf Bauer

Since 2014, the Weiss Scientific Foundation, represented by Dr. Wolfgang Putz and Rudolf Bauer, MBA, has supported research projects in the fields of meteorology and medicine through the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Open the door
for researchers

Dipl.-Ing. Franz Rotter Member of the Board of voestalpine | ASMET President.
Dipl.-Ing. Franz Rotter

The Austrian Sociaty for Metallurgy and Materials (ASMET), through the FWF, supports top researchers in the field of metals research. "Research and development is necessary to maintain the high technological level," says Franz Rotter, Member of the Board of voestalpine & ASMET President.

Dare to know.

Your support goes to experts in their fields: to outstanding researchers who have succeeded in obtaining funding from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Researchers who are ready to go the extra mile in order to find pioneering solutions to social challenges.

100% of your funds go to researchers throughout Austria.

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Open up a new chapter of Austria’s tradition of research.

One goal, many options

The alpha+ Foundation of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) offers a variety of options to people and organisations looking to get involved philanthropically in basic research. They all share one thing in common: the alpha+ Foundation and the FWF handle the entire process from the call for proposals to the review of research projects to the announcement of awards.

Follow the example of Dr. Wolfgang Putz and Rudolf Bauer, MBA, from the "Dr. Gottfried und Dr. Vera Weiss Science Foundation"and support top researchers in Austria through the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

There are many possibilities of commitment


The traditional way of supporting researchers or research projects.


Set up your own foundation under the umbrella of the alpha+ Foundation. Choose the research domain you would like to support.

Income from asset or property management

Your assets remain untouched; the income from them supports a research area of your choice.

Testamentary bequests

You determine how your assets continue to benefit researchers after your death.

Until the end of the statutory transition period for newly established federal foundations (Bundesstiftungen) such as the alpha+ Foundation, only donations made directly to the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) are tax deductible. Regardless of your donation project, we can find the optimal solution for you. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding tax deductibility.

Areas of activity

As part of the alpha+ Foundation, you can actively support thematic areas. We would be happy to work together with you to find the right funding scheme for you.


Rückenwind funding bonus

Make a commitment to the next generation of aspiring top researchers. By supporting the Rückewind funding bonus with a minimum contribution of € 5,000 you help promote the academic careers of highly talented researchers on an international level.

In the first round, researchers from the fields of biology and medicine were selected. Further rounds of awards will follow.


shaping future awards

Time is short. Mankind and planet earth are at a turning point, the consequences of climate change are the greatest challenge of our time. For this reason, the alpha+ Foundation is launching the "shaping future" awards under the patronage of President Alexander Van der Bellen.

Support excellent researchers who improve our lives and provide new insights and pioneering solutions that contribute to shaping the transformation to a sustainable future, in particular to coping with the consequences of climate change.


Increase the interaction between basic research and society in Austria. Initiate new forms of science communication and inspire people to take an interest in science and research.

Get to know us

The alpha+ Foundation was created as a non-profit federal foundation by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in autumn of 2019.

The alpha+ Foundation builds bridges between those who provide private non-profit funds and those who would like to implement world-class research ideas. The common goal is to take on social responsibility through the opportunities provided by basic research.

Portraitbild Georg Winckler

“Cutting-edge research needs strong advocates from business and civil society.”

Prof. Georg Winckler,
Chairman of the alpha+ Foundation

Portraitbild Artemis Vakianis

“Open up new doors for researchers. The Austrian Science Fund guarantees the transparent and independent award of funding.”

Dr. Artemis Vakianis,
Vice-Chairperson of the alpha+ Foundation and Executive Vice-President of the FWF

Highest standards of awarding

Your financial support is awarded to researchers exclusively on the basis of the recognised merit-review system of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The international peer review model guarantees the transparent and fair awarding of funds in accordance with the highest academic standards.

With access to all scientific and academic disciplines and its sophisticated and recognised system of quality assurance, the alpha+ Foundation and the FWF together serve as a valuable guide in selecting the best research projects. Public calls for proposals as part of the award of funding ensures that you reach researchers from all Austrian research locations and that the most highly qualified applicants are granted funding. The funding granted will be administered and monitored with no cost to you.

Mission and principles

The alpha+ Foundation aims to support scientific and scholarly research and the advancement and the appreciation of the arts. It provides cutting-edge researchers throughout Austria with funding generated through non-profit donations and/or endowments by private persons, foundations, and corporations. It is a charitable, non-profit organisation, and the foundation’s entire declaration of establishment can be found here.

The actions of the alpha+ Foundation are characterised by quality, professionalism, and transparency. The Code of Conduct serves as the basis of all its activities. The foundation is committed to the “Code of Conduct of the Fundraising Association Austria” as well as the “International Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising”.

Thank you

As a sponsor and partner of the alpha+ Foundation and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), you contribute in many different ways to top researchers throughout Austria.

You make it possible for researchers in the domain of basic research to better fulfil their potential to have a positive impact on the world of tomorrow. We would thus like to express our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the funding recipients.

Contact us for an initial conversation.

Silvia Dallabrida
+43 (1) 505 67 40 8102