Good news: The Internet Foundation Austria has awarded me with a stipend for finalizing my dissertation in the upcoming months. This is really relieving because this means that for the first time I can focus on my thesis – and only on my thesis. My proposal is one of eight to receive a stipend under the netidee funding scheme. Every year, netidee grants one million euro to Internet-related projects that are innovative and and open (Here is this year’s call in English). A small part of the sum goes to Master’s and PhD theses in progress. The Internet Foundation Austria (IPA), a non-profit charity, receives its money from nic.at, the Austrian domain registration service.
A new funding scheme for Austrian Internet research: netidee SCIENCE
Yesterday at the award ceremony, the Foundation’s representatives also introduced a new funding scheme: netidee SCIENCE. In cooperation with the FWF, the Austrian Science Fund, they will award EUR 400,000 per year to Internet-related fundamental research. The call is open to researchers from all disciplines. The project should follow open-science principles. The deadline for the first call is March 31, 2017. I really think that this is a great opportunity for the Austrian Internet research scene.