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 two-stage ICT Call 2015 is now open - short proposals have to be submitted til December 19, 2014.

A new project call in the area of "Cognitive Sciences" will open in January 2015. The overall funding budget for this call will be 3 Mio. €. More details soon.


The Vienna Research Group Call 2014 in the area of Life Sciences has been decided. The hearings in Vienna have taken place. The funded scientists will be announced soon.

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

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

Herta Steinkellner (LS 2003) is contributing the production vehicle on the basis of tobacco plants for ebola medicament ZMapp → PubMed

Chris Oostenbrink (LS endowed chair 2008) publishes in JCAMD on the in silico design of a new nuclease →article

Harald Esterbauer (LS07) publishes in Cell on the development of metabolic disease → Cell article

Claudine Kraft (VRG10) publishes in EMBO Reports about how cells can regulate autophagy, the cellular waste disposal system→ Artikel.

Stefan Rotter (Mathematics and ... 2009) publishes in Nature Communications about the paradox behaviour of coupled lasers → Article

ORF Science Article about the SSH13-Project of Ulrich Brand and Andreas Exner on urban gardening and how it transforms public spaces.

Andrew Straw (Cognitive Sciences 2011) publishes in Nature Methods about the impact of laser beams on nerve cells of flys during flight → article

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