OA Funding Application FWF (FWF OA Block Grant)[1]

You can apply for funding for article processing charges (APCs) for individual articles/contributions (e.g. in Open Access journals, edited volumes or proceedings, or on Open Access publishing platforms) resulting from FWF projects here (FWF funding requirements: see below).

Please note that no application is needed for articles in open access journals that are funded via our OA publishing agreements: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), BioMed Central (BMC) incl. SpringerOpen, Brill, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Cogitatio Press, Elsevier, Frontiers, de Gruyter, IEEE, IOP, IWA, MDPI, Oxford University Press (OUP), The Royal Society, SAGE, Taylor & Francis and Wiley. (Note: Open access in subscription journals can only be supported as part of our OA publishing agreements).

Funding for entire OA books or OA edited volumes must be requested via the FWF programme for Book Publications.

Funding requirements (FWF OA Block Grant)

  1. Publication in an OA publication medium (Gold OA): OA charges [2] can be covered for peer-reviewed publications, e.g. individual articles/contributions in Open Access journals, edited volumes or proceedings, or on Open Access publishing platforms. Journals and publication platforms must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) [3].
  2. Corresponding author principle: The corresponding author [4] is affiliated with UniVie [5].
  3. Licence: The CC BY licence must be used in any case for the publication.
  4. Acknowledgement and copyright: The following text must be included in all publications upon submission:"This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [Grant DOI]. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission." For additional information see Plan S Rights Retention Strategy.
  5. Documentation: The Open Access activities and compliance with the Open Access Policy must be documented in the project report to the FWF. This takes place using a persistent identifier via which the full text of the publication can be viewed, read and downloaded. Further information can be found at Research documentation.

Application form

To apply for FWF Open Access funding please fill in our OA Application Form FWF (only for UniVie affiliates).

Funding process

1. The Open Access Office reviews the application and informs you whether or not the charges can be covered. In case of a positive answer we will provide you with the wording to be used for the acknowledgement as well as the Open Access Office's postal address the publisher makes out the invoice to.

2. You submit the article/contribution containing the acknowledgement and copyright statement (see funding requirement nr. 4) to the publisher alongside the invoice address provided by us.

3. The publisher sends the invoice to the Open Access Office. (In case the publisher is only able to invoice the author directly, please forward it to us so we can pay it.) Please do not pay it yourself!

4. The Open Access Office covers the charges and informs you about this. After publication the Open Access Office archives your article in u:scholar.

When do I apply for funding?

Apply before submission to ensure that the charges can be covered. If you are still in the early stages of writing an article and just want to know whether or not the charges for articles in a specific journal can be covered, please check the funding options with our Journal Eligibility Check or enquire via e-mail.

The last possible date to apply is once the publisher proceeds to invoicing. Please note that we cannot reimburse you for article processing charges you already covered yourself.



[1] Starting with 1.1.2024, FWF Open Access funding (peer-reviewed publications) is no longer being handled by the FWF, but for University affiliates by the Open Access Office. More information about the FWF OA Block Grant

[2] Only article processing charges (APCs) or chapter processing charges (CPCs) can be covered. Other costs associated with publication (e.g. page charges, color charges, cover charges) cannot be covered. The invoice adressed to the Open Access Office must therefore include either APCs or CPCs exclusively.

[3] If an Open Access Journal has been started very recently (in the last 12 months) and is therefore not yet registered in the DOAJ, it has to be clear from the journal’s website that the DOAJ criteria are fulfilled.

[4] As part of the switch to the FWF Open Access block grant the corresponding author principle will also apply to FWF publications starting in 2024. Corresponding author is the person the publisher is in contact with concerning the article and who is named as such in the publication itself. Co-authors, first authors, last authors or project leaders are not eligible for funding unless they are also corresponding authors.

[5] UniVie affiliates are persons as defined in UG 2002 §94. For funding applications submitted via this web form the affiliation will be checked by the Open Access Office on the date of application.