Welcome to WWTF

The Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) is a non-profit organisation established to promote science and research in Vienna. The Fund’s funding tools and methods are designed to strengthen top research in Vienna. Some of its calls are explicitly directed at promoting promising young scientists.
The WWTF obtains its funds from the “Privatstiftung zur Verwaltung von Anteilsrechten”, a private foundation in the financial sector which was set up in order to manage equity interests.


Vienna Art Week 2014 Art for Science & Start of Guided Tour with Gerald Straub at WWTF → Pictures

WWTF IMPACT EVALUATION: This year, WWTF has been evaluated by an international review panel. The aim of the exercise was the assessment of WWTF's impact after more then ten years of operations. The evaluation is now publicly available and shows a very positive picture of the work of the fund. Chaired by Prof Martin Grötschel (Technical University of Berlin), the Review Panel emphasized WWTF's important role in the Viennese university and research system as well as its significant positive impacts on the careers of researchers, the establishment and development of the research topics funded and on the hosting institutions as well. An important indicator for this is that WWTF-funded researchers have obtained many scientific distinctions (e.g. ERC /START prize). all documents of the evaluation are available here.

Pictures and presentations of ICT Day 2014 on September 22. at Urania

Funding Programmes & CallsFunding Programmes & Calls


The new Vienna Research Groups Call 2015 - Computational Biosciences - is open now.

The new Cognitive Sciences Project Call 2015 is open now. This time, the focus is on interdisciplinary projects.

The two-stage ICT Call 2015 is now closed - 137 short proposals have been submitted, 22 of them invited to the full proposal phase.


The Vienna Research Group Call 2014 in the area of Life Sciences has been decided, the funded scientists are: Martin Leeb, Christopher Campbell and Jillian Petersen.

The Life Sciences Call 2014 “Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies” is decided - 8 projects are being funded.

Mathematics and ... Call 2014 decided - 8 projects are being funded.

Funded ProjectsFunded Projects

Chris Oostenbrink (LS08 Stiftungsprofessur) receives a full professorship at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. WWTF sincerely congratulates Chris!

Markus Aspelmeyer (ICT12) receives an ERC Consolidator Grant. WWTF sincerely congratulates Markus!

Christoph Becker (ICT12) is enhancing digital preservation: recent journal publication and a poster at the most prominent conference in this important research area.

A research team around Winfried Mayr and Ursula Hofstötter (LS11-057) identified the mechanisms the spinal cord uses to control this muscle activity. Open Access publication in "Brain": Link, News @ MedUniWien: Link, Newspaper article in Der Standard (in German): Link

Researcher around Michael Wagner (LS12-001), University of Vienna discovered unknown organisms by tracking them with heavy water. Open Access publication: Link, Newspaper article in Der Standard (in German): Link, News @ University of Vienna (in German): Link

Michael Hentschel (ICT10) of AIT publishes in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics on new approaches in Quantum Key Distribution →article

Jürgen Kleine-Vehn (VRG10) receives an ERC Starting Grant ("Mechanisms of Auxin-dependent Signaling in the Endoplasmic Reticulum"). WWTF sincerely congratulates Jürgen!

Stefan Rotter (MA09-30) of the Vienna University of Technology, and Co-Authors publish in "Science" on a paradox effect of lasers predicted by them in computer simulations. Press article in → Der Standard (in German).

Holger Daims (LS09) publishes in Science on nitrite-oxidizing bacteria to utilize hydrogen as an alternative energy source for aerobic respiration and grows → Science

WWTF Project Database: Brief information about funded projects and persons.