w-fFORTE - Economic stimuli from women in research and technology

Economic stimuli from women in research and technology

w-fFORTE promotes women in research, technology and innovation. This initiative of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) supports the vision of more equal opportunities and wants to make more female innovators visible in leading roles. It offers free, high-quality training and discussions tailored to the career needs of researchers & innovators, networking, peer-to-peer learning and information based on the latest studies for managers in cooperative research.


  • Workshops & career trainings for women in research, technology & innovation: Helping women to enhance their strategic career skills and providing an opportunity to ask experts individual questions. The focus is on topics such as strategy, team leadership and development, dealing with power, work-life balance and much more.
  • Promoting female innovators: From June 2020 until spring 2021 the "w-fFORTE Innovatorinnen"-pilot programme accompanies female researchers and innovators to advance big R&I ideas with positive impact for the economy and society (e.g. "Agenda 2030 - SDGs").
  • Studies, knowledge transfer & events: w-fFORTE commissions studies that shed light on the existing structures in research and technology and that identify requirements for change. Transfering knowlege through workshops on how to suceed in highly interdisciplinary working settings (based on the findings of the successful w-fFORTE funding program "Laura Bassi Centers of Expertise", 2009-2018).


Program Owner / Sponsor
Structural Programmes
Aeronautics and Space, Bottom-up, Environment and energy, Further research areas, Human Resources, Information technology, Life Sciences, Material and manufacturing, Mobility and Transport, Security and Defense, Service innovation, Society
Target group
(Non-profit) Associations, Authorities, Competence centres, Large companies, Research facilities, Single researchers, Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Start Up, Universities, Universities of applied sciences
Description of the target group researchers and founders from science and technology, HR managers, executives and experts from research and technology
Type of offer
Advice, Initiative, Networking and Cooperation, Service, Training
Availability from 01.01.2012 - constantly


Mag. Charlotte Alber
Mag. Charlotte Alber
Program Director
T +43 5 7755 2701
Elke Hubich
Elke Hubich

T +43 5 7755 2016