Funding criteria for OA-publications resulting from Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-projects beginning 1.1.2024

Beginning January, 1st 2024 the funding scheme in support of open access publications published within the scope of projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) changes.
Beginning on 01.01.2024, the FWF will no longer handle processing for scientific authors from BOKU. Processing will then be centrally handled by the University Library.  The FWF’s open access block grant will replace the previous FWF program “Peer-reviewed publications“.

FUNDING PROCEDURE (depending on the publication):

  • Without application: Article is published in a hybrid-journal which is included in one of the transformative agreements between BOKU and the publishers.
    Note: This option is only possible until the end of 2027, if BOKU has concluded an agreement with the publisher by the end of 2024!
  • With application via application-form: For publications in open access journals outside of a transformative agreement.
    Please make sure that on the original billing statement/invoice the VAT ID of BOKU (ATU16285008) appears and that the university name ("Universität für Bodenkultur Wien" or "University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna") is written in the first line of the invoice address.


  • Corresponding Author must be affiliated to BOKU at the time of application according to UG 2002 §94.
  • The article is published in an open access journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals ( (DOAJ).
  • Funding of a publication in a hybrid journal is only possible within a transformative agreement.
  • The article is immediately published open access (without embargo).
  • The publication is to be published under the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY-licence.
  • A refund for already paid APCs is not possible.
  • Only new submissions are eligible for funding.
  • The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) must be listed in the acknowledgements of the publication in the exact format specified by the FWF.
  • The article is to be deposited in an institutional or subject specific repository.
  • Applicants are not legally entitled to funding.
  • The authors are responsible for compliance with the Austrian Science Fund’s open access policy.



  • Other publication-related costs, such as page charges, colour charges, cover charges etc.
  • Monographs, complete edited volumes and/or books.

The Guideline on the funding conditions of OA-publications resulting from FWF-projects has been decided by the Rectorate on January, 23rd 2024 and has been pulished in Mitteilungsblatt (Stück 10, 08.02.2024). 

In case of questions please contact

Application-form for a publication grant for open access publications from FWF-funded projects