Schrödinger: Can the start of the abroad phase take place at a later date if it is not possible to begin the fellowship within the one-year deadline (from the time of approval) due to the coronavirus crisis?

It is possible to postpone a project start for up to 18 months after notifying the responsible FWF project officers.

Schrödinger: Can the return phase be extended if the research work cannot be completed within the project duration due to the coronavirus crisis?

A return phase can be extended for up to 12 months in a cost neutral way if the extent of employment is reduced. We would ask you to send us a free-form request that includes an explanation of why you need to extend the project as well as the duration of the planned extension. Please send this request via email to your FWF project officer and, following approval, inform the responsible research institution of the extension.

Schrödinger: Can I begin the return phase earlier than planned if the research work cannot be continued abroad due to Covid-19 and the abroad phase will end soon?

Yes, you can end the abroad phase early, so you can start with the return phase. If it is already evident that continuing the abroad phase at a later date will not lead to the desired results or is impractical, there is the possibility to reallocate a maximum of up to three months of the abroad phase to the return phase for the purpose of extending the project. The additional costs incurred by increasing to a contract of employment are covered by the FWF. We would ask you to send us a free-form request that includes an explanation for ending the project early as well as the date of the premature end of the abroad phase and the planned start date of the return phase. In addition, please include the signed affirmation of the Austrian research institution if you are planning on reallocating the abroad phase to the return phase (https://www.fwf.ac.at/fileadmin/files/Dokumente/Antragstellung/Schroedinger-Programm/j_cover_supplement_application.pdf(pdf, 41KB)). Please send your request via email to your project officer and inform the return-phase research institution about this.

Schrödinger: Can I begin the return phase earlier than planned if the research work abroad cannot be continued due to Covid-19 and the abroad phase has just started or is only halfway completed?

There are several options for starting the return phase. You can end the abroad phase early, so you can start with the return phase (also partly). If continuing with the research work abroad at a later date is not realistic or will not lead to the desired results, you can request that a maximum of three months of the abroad phase be reallocated to the return phase for the purpose of extending the project. Please note that in this case, it is no longer possible to continue the research work abroad at a later date. We would ask you to send us a free-form request that includes an explanation for ending the project early as well as the date of the premature end of the abroad phase and the planned start date of the return phase. Please send your request via email to your responsible project officer and inform the return-phase research institution about this.

Schrödinger: Can a research stay abroad be extended if the planned research work of the abroad phase cannot be completed in time because of the coronavirus crisis, but I would still like to continue my stay abroad?

The abroad phase can be extended for up to three months. We would ask you to send a free-form request including a brief description of the planned project extension. This must also be confirmed by the host researcher (either by co-signing the request or in a separate letter). Please note that requests for extending the project cannot be submitted until three months before the end of the official abroad phase. At that time, please send your request via email to your responsible FWF project officer.

Schrödinger: Can funding for “other costs” (non-personnel costs) be used to extend a Schrödinger return phase?

Yes, funding for “other costs” may be reallocated to cover personnel costs for the purpose of extending the project. We would ask you to send us a free-form request that includes an explanation of why you wish to extend the project as well as the duration of the planned extension. Please send this request via email to your FWF project officer and, following approval, inform the responsible research institution of the extension.

Meitner: Can the project start take place at a later date if it is not possible to begin the fellowship within the one-year deadline (from the time of approval) due to the coronavirus crisis?

It is possible to postpone a project start for up to 18 months after notifying the responsible FWF project officers. Please inform your co-applicant of this as well.

Meitner: Can the approved project duration of an ongoing Lise Meitner Fellowship be extended due to the coronavirus crisis?

It is possible to extend the project for up to 18 months in a cost neutral way if the extent of employment is reduced. We would ask you to send us a free-form request that includes an explanation of why you need to extend the project as well as the duration of the planned extension. Please send this request via email to your FWF project officer and, following approval, inform the responsible research institution of the extension.

Meitner: Can funding for “other costs” (non-personnel costs) be used to extend a Lise Meitner Fellowship?

Yes, funding for “other costs” may be reallocated to cover personnel costs for the purpose of extending the project. We would ask you to send us a free-form request that includes an explanation of why you wish to extend the project as well as the duration of the planned extension. Please send this request via email to your FWF project officer and, following approval, inform the responsible research institution of the extension.

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