Search tips

Here you will find a number of tips & tricks to improve your search results.

> Search by name

relates only to names/titles of grants in the database – it is NOT a full-text search!

NO combinations (e.g. word1 and/or word2) are possible,
the search is not case-sensitive!


  • only enter parts of the name or parts of words – be careful about singular/plural
  • try different ways of spelling and different words
  • A search for grant-awarding authorities is useless in most cases as these often do not feature in the name of the grant.
  • If a specific field of study is not listed in the drop-down list, it is sometimes useful to search for part of the name of the – often interdisciplinary – special field, e.g. energy, nano, environment, tourism or climate.


  • If you are looking for the “Paul-Urban-Foundation….” just search for “urban” since by searching for “paul urban” (without hyphen!) the entry will not be found.
  • Typing in “fin” will yield both “…Finland…” and “…Finnish…”.
  • Use different words – e.g. ‘communic’ and ‘journal’ for Communication Studies/Journalism.

> Country of origin / Target country

Country of origin can mean your nationality – but also your place of residence or study.

If you are studying in Austria, select once your nationality and in a second search your place of residence ‘Austria”.

> Definitions of the Target Groups

Target Group Definition
Undergraduates Students in bachelor programmes
Graduates Students in master or diploma programmes
Postgraduates Students in doctoral programmes
PhD holders, Postdocs Researchers after PhD programmes
Researchers Researchers regardless of PhD programmes
Companies / Scientific institutions support for companies or scientific institutions (only institutional support)

> Areas

If you select a superordinate term it will also include all subordinate ones.

The following areas are available for selection:
1    Natural Sciences
101    Mathematics
102    Computer Sciences
103    Physics, Astronomy
104    Chemistry
105    Geosciences
106    Biology
107    Other and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences

2    Technical Sciences
201    Construction Engineering (incl. Architecture, Transportation)
202    Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information Engineering
203    Mechanical Engineering
204    Chemical Process Engineering
205    Materials Engineering
206    Medical Engineering
207    Environmental Engineering, Applied Geosciences (incl. Mining)
208    Environmental Biotechnology
209    Industrial Biotechnology
210    Nanotechnology
211    Other and Interdisciplinary Technical Sciences (incl. Metallurgy)

3    Human Medicine, Health Sciences
301    Medical-Theoretical Sciences, Pharmacy
302    Clinical Medicine
303    Health Sciences (incl. Nutritional Sciences, Hygiene)
304    Medical Biotechnology
305    Other and Interdisciplinary Human Medicine, Health Sciences

4    Agricultural Sciences

401    Agriculture and Forestry, Fishery
402    Animal Breeding, Animal Production
403    Veterinary Medicine
404    Agricultural Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology
405    Other and Interdisciplinary Agricultural Sciences

5    Social Sciences
501    Psychology
502    Economics
503    Educational Sciences
504    Sociology
505    Law
506    Political Science
507    Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning
508    Media and Communication Sciences
509    Other and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences   

6    Humanities
601    History, Archaeology
602    Linguistics and Literature
603    Philosophy, Ethics, Religion
604    Arts (incl. Art History)
605    Other and Interdisciplinary Humanities

7    Arts

The struture of the areas is based on the Austrian Systematic of Science Branches, as of October 2013, © Statistik Austria.

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