The elane platform allows you to fill out the necessary application forms online and to upload the necessary attachments to the FWF server.

In order to do so, you first have to create an elane account (i.e. register on the platform). Once you have registered, you can log in to the elane platform and create electronic funding applications. For each application you create, the platform will automatically show all required and optional forms and attachments. You do not have to fill out the forms and upload the attachments in the sequence shown in the overview of application forms.

Once you have entered all necessary data and uploaded all attachments, you can finalise your application.

Applications that have not yet been completed can be deleted.

Already completed requests cannot be deleted.


The following distinction is made:

  •  ad personam: The application remains in the system, but is only processed when the signed cover sheet is received by the FWF.
  • PROFI: If you have any questions, please contact the responsible research service at your research institution for application approval. They may reject an application that was completed by mistake.

Once you have created the application, it is no longer possible to change the funding programme to which it is assigned. Please create a new application if necessary.

In the overview of applications, the status of each application indicates the stage of the process that particular application has reached.

It is possible to submit additional applications through the elane platform. As soon as your application has received a project number there is an option to submit an additional application.

Your application will not be assigned a project number until the FWF processes it. The project number will then be displayed in the blue bar to the left of the application in the overview of applications. Before that, each application is assigned a unique ID which is also visible in the blue bar. However, this ID is not the same as the project number.

All data entered in elane forms are saved automatically, which means that you can interrupt the process at any time without losing your data.

Yes. All data entered in the forms are saved automatically, so you can interrupt the process at any time without losing your data.

Required forms are shown in bold in the overview of application forms. If any data are missing in these forms, you will not be able to finalise your application.

Required fields are labelled in the application forms. You can also use the Validate input button at the bottom of each form to validate the data you have entered. This function checks whether all required fields have been filled in and shows possible errors in your entries. Any required fields that have been left blank are shown with a red border along with an error message.

In the overview of forms for a given application, you will see a drop-down list box labelled Add forms. You can use this function to add a form for each additional research partner, cooperation arrangement or piece of equipment.

No. The notes entered in the overview of forms are for your own use and will not be included as part of the application.

In the top right-hand corner of the elane portal, you will see a link ("English version" / "Deutsche Version") which allows you to change the language of the portal. When you switch to the English version, all file downloads will be made available in English.

Once the FWF has received your completed and signed cover sheet, the status of your application will be changed to "processing by FWF". In addition, the application will be assigned a project number, which will be displayed next to the application in the overview of funding applications.

The FWF will also send you a confirmation.

Once you have finalised your application, you cannot make any further changes in elane.

There is a Button on the bottom left Corner "Create PDF-Draft" on the forms page.


Für einen Antrag im Rahmen eines PROFI Förderungsprogramms ist für die Einreichung beim FWF die Freigabe durch die Forschungsstätte erforderlich. Bitte beachten Sie, dass bei einem Call-gebundenen Programm die Freigabe des Antrags durch die Forschungsstätte unbedingt VOR der Deadline erfolgen muss.

Der Status „Bearbeitung durch die Forschungsstätte“ ändert sich auf „Freigegeben durch Forschungsstätte“. Den Status finden Sie in Ihrer Antragsübersicht rechts neben der Elane-ID. Bitte nehmen Sie bei Programmen mit Deadline rechtzeitig mit Ihrer Forschungsstätte Kontakt auf, um die fristgerechte Freigabe durch die Forschungsstätte sicherzustellen.

Bitte nehmen Sie diesbezüglich mit Ihrer Forschungsstätte oder Ihrem Forschungsservice Kontakt auf. Der Name der freigebenden Person ist erst nach Abschluss des Antrags durch die Forschungsstätte in der Fußzeile des Antragsformulars ersichtlich bei „Erstellt am…von…“

The title can be changed at any time in the application form. The title that is displayed in the form and ultimately in the PDF will be used.

You can reset your password by clicking the “Forgot your password?" link on the elane start page. Once you have entered the e-mail address associated with the account, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to reset your password.

In such cases, please check whether the message ended up in your e-mail programme's spam or junk mail folder. If you still cannot find the message, you may have mistyped your email address. Please click "Forgot your password?" or "Change e-mail" again and re-enter your e-mail address.

When you choose your language, you set the language in which elane will send you e-mail messages and the default language of the platform when you log in to the system.