The FWF recognizes a diverse range of research outcomes and requires grant applicants to provide information on various research achievements. The FWF asks for a list of no more than ten of the most important published or accepted academic publications (journal articles, monographs, edited volumes, contributions to edited volumes, proceedings, etc.). Furthermore, the FWF asks for a list of up to ten of the most important scientific/scholarly research achievements – apart from academic publications – such as awards, conference papers, keynote speeches, important research projects, research data, software, codes, preprints, exhibitions, knowledge transfers, science communication, licenses, or patents (see Application guidelines for FWF projects, page 10). Applicants are explicitly advised that journal-based metrics like the impact factor should not be included in those lists.
The international reviewers are informed that the assessment of research proposals submitted to FWF should not be based on the actual age of the applicants but on individual circumstances related to the duration of their academic career and previous research achievements. International reviews based exclusively on journal metrics will not be considered in the funding decisions by FWF.