Life Sciences

This thematic programme concentrates on projects, endowed chairs and Vienna Research Groups in the research fields of biology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, bioengineering and related fields.

One focus is on elucidating molecular mechanisms and methods and/or the development of associated methods; another is on aspects of clinical research. The Fund also emphasises work to improve links between life sciences and other natural sciences, and in particular modelling issues.

Funded research should result, in the medium range, in an improvement of human health and welfare or the protection of our environment.

Current Calls

Life Sciences 2016 (being processed)

Precision Medicine

The project call "Precision Medicine" within the thematic program LifeSciences closed on Friday, May 13, 2016. 21 projects invitited to submit a full proposal applied. These projects will now undergo international peer review. The final funding decision of the international jury will be communicated and announced end September 2016.

The call addressed researchers and clinical scientists at universities and non-university
research institutions in Vienna, including those moving to Vienna as a result of this call, who want to conduct a cutting-edge research project (2 to 4 years) with a major focus on precision medicine based on ‘Omics’ technologies and patient cohorts.

Proposals should bring together scientists from different scientific disciplines such as biology, medicine and systems biology and must be human-disease related. In total, 5 Mio. € are dedicated to this call.

Call Fiche

Contact:
Cornelia Schrauf | cornelia.schrauf@wwtf.at | Tel.: +43-1-402 31 43 - 12
Alexander Wöhrer | alexander.woehrer@wwtf.at | Tel.: +43-1-402 31 43 - 19

Earlier Calls

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2015

Computational Biosciences

The funding decision for the Vienna Research Groups has been made. The jury recommended two groups leaders to be funded:
- Jörg Menche moves from Central European University to CeMM
and
- Filipa de Sousa moves from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf to University of Vienna, Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology.

Call Fiche Jury: Members and Process

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2014

Life Sciences

The Vienna Research Group Call 2014 in the area of Life Sciences has been decided. The hearings in Vienna have taken place and the funded scientists are:
- Martin Leeb moves from Cambridge to MFPL
- Christopher Campbell changes from University of San Francisco to MFPL
- Jillian Petersen moves from Max-Planck-Institut for marine mikrobiology in Bremen to University of Vienna

VRG 2014 Call Fiche Jury process

Life Sciences Call 2014 - IMAGING

Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies

Life Sciences Call 2014 - IMAGING

Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies

The WWTF Life Sciences Call 2014 "Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies" is finished. Out of 126 short proposals 28 have been invited for further elaboration.

From 27-28 November 2014 a two-day jury meeting took place in Vienna gathering 9 international jurors. During the meeting, the jury extensively discussed the submitted proposals on the basis of at least three international reviews per proposal as well as based on their own expertise and formed their funding recommendation. On December 9, 2014 WWTF Board of Directors fully confirmed the jury’s funding recommendation.

Within this call, 8 projects with a total amount of 4.407 Mio € will be funded:

Imaging recruitment of chromatin remodelling proteins to the sites of DNA damage induced by laser microirradiation
Funding: 517k €
Dea Slade, University of Vienna/ MFPL

Elucidating mitotic spindle assembly mechanisms by super-resolution fluorescence microscopy
Funding: 582k €
Daniel Gerlich, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

High-Resolution Imaging to Unravel the Molecular Etiology of Disturbed T-Cell Antigen Recognition
Funding: 582k €
Johannes Huppa, Medical University of Vienna

In vivo optophysiology in humans using a novel laser interferometric approach
Funding: 417k €
Rene Werkmeister, Medical University of Vienna

Novel approach to individualized mechanical ventilation of critically ill patients through Computed Tomography-enhanced bedside Electrical Impedance Tomography Imaging
Funding: 575k €
Klaus Markstaller, Medical University of Vienna

Whole brain imaging of decision-making in freely moving C. elegans
Funding: 582k €
Manuel Zimmer, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology

Imaging neuronal circuits of the prefrontal cortex during a gambling task
Funding: 582k €
Thomas Klausberger, Medical University of Vienna

Improved Monitoring of Tumor Response to Breast Cancer Therapy by Sodium Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Ultra-high Field
Funding: 570k €
Siegfried Trattnig, Medical University of Vienna

LS14 Jury Process

Life Sciences Call 2013

New Ventures Beyond Established Frontiers

Life Sciences Call 2013

New Ventures Beyond Established Frontiers

The „New Ventures Beyond Established Frontiers“ Call 2013 has been closed on 28 May 2013. In total, 30 full proposals have been submitted on invitation to this call. From 14-15 October 2013 a two-day jury meeting took place in Vienna gathering 10 international jurors. During the meeting, the jury extensively discussed the submitted proposals on the basis of at least three international reviews per proposal as well as based on their own expertise and formed their funding recommendation. On October 22, 2013 WWTF Board of Directors fully confirmed the jury’s funding recommendation.

Within the „New Ventures Beyond Established Frontiers“ Call 2013, 7 projects with a total amount of 5.1 Mio € will be funded.

These are the successful projects within this call:
Project Title: Individual function and social role of oxytocin-like neuropeptides in ants
Principal investigator: Christian Gruber
Home institution: Medical University of Vienna
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 788 200 €

Project Title: Modeling of Polarization and Motility of Leukocytes in Three-Dimensional Environments
Principal investigator: Christian Schmeiser
Home institution: University of Vienna
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 682 300 €

Project Title: Mechanical Forces in T-Cell Antigen Recognition
Principal investigator: Gerhard Schütz
Home institution: Vienna University of Technology
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 797 900 €

Project Title: Voluntary Self-Sacrifice in Exploding Ants: a mechanism to defend co-evolved microbiomes?
Principal investigator: Irina Druzhinina
Home institution: Vienna University of Technology
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 785 200 €

Project Title: Quantitative live imaging to determine the regulatory impact of chromatin dynamics
Principal investigator: Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid
Home institution: GMI
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 682 700 €

Project Title: From organismic to biomolecular interactions: Visualizing signaling complexes in the fungal membrane during phytopathogenic attack
Principal investigator: Susanne Zeilinger
Home institution: Vienna University of Technology
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 635 700 €

Project Title: Organ-on-a-Chip
Principal investigator: Hans-Peter Kiener
Home institution: Medical University of Vienna
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 771 800 €

All applicants will receive detailed decision information end of October 2013.
LS13 Panel Information

Life Sciences Call 2012

Food and Nutrition

Life Sciences Call 2012

Food and Nutrition

The „Food and Nutrition“ Call 2012 has been closed on 31 May 2012. In total, 60 proposals have been submitted in response to this call. From 22-23 October 2012 a two-day jury meeting took place in Vienna gathering 11 international jurors. During the meeting, the jury extensively discussed the submitted proposals on the basis of at least three international reviews per proposal as well as based on their own expertise and formed their funding recommendation. On November 6, 2012 WWTF Board of Directors fully confirmed the jury’s funding recommendation.

Within the “Food and Nutrition” Call 2012, 8 projects with a total amount of 3.036 mio. € will be funded.

These are the successful projects within this call:
Project Title: Nutrition and the intestinal microbiota-host symbiosis
Principal investigator: Alexander Loy
Home institution: University of Vienna
Project duration: 3 years
Funding volume: 335 700 €

Project Title: Unravelling the pathogenetic mechanisms of fructose consumption
Principal investigator: Michael Trauner
Home institution: Medical University of Vienna
Project duration: 3 years
Funding volume: 400 000 €

Project Title: d-i.INFLACOW
Principal investigator: Qendrim Zebeli
Home institution: University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Project duration: 3 years
Funding volume: 400 000 €

Project Title: Deoxynivalenol-glucoside and acetylated derivates: relevant masked mycotoxins
Principal investigator: Gerhard Adam
Home institution: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Project duration: 2 years
Funding volume: 400 000 €

Project Title: Nutrition intervention and physical training in malnourished frail community-dwelling elderly subjects carried out by trained lay „buddies“
Principal investigator: Thomas E. Dorner
Home institution: Medical University of Vienna
Project duration: 3 years
Funding volume: 309 000 €

Project Title: Dietary vitamin D, a powerful weapon in the war against colorectal cancer
Principal investigator: Enikö Kallay
Home institution: Medical University of Vienna
Project duration: 4 years
Funding volume: 300 000 €

Project Title: Vitamin A metabolism in the regulation of energy balance
Principal investigator: Florian Kiefer
Home institution: Medical University of Vienna
Project duration: 3 years
Funding volume: 469 000 €

Project Title: Epidemiology of food allergy in and around Vienna and the impact of filaggrin gene loss-of-function mutation on food allergy
Principal investigator: Tamar Kinaciyan
Home institution: Medical University of Vienna
Project duration: 3 years
Funding volume: 423 000 €

LS 12 Jury Process

LS12 Call Fiche

Life Sciences Call 2011

Linking Research and Patients' Needs

Life Sciences Call 2011

Linking Research and Patients' Needs

The „Linking Research and Patients‘ Needs“ Call 2011 has been closed on 25 January 2011. In total, 83 proposals have been submitted in response to this call with a requested funding volume of around 50 Mio. €. From 16-17 June 2011 a two-day jury meeting took place in Vienna gathering 11 international jurors. During the meeting, the jury extensively discussed the submitted proposals on the basis of at least three international reviews per proposal as well as based on their own expertise and formed their funding recommendation. On 22 June 2011 WWTF Board of Directors fully confirmed the jury’s funding recommendation.

Within the “Linking Research and Patients’ Needs” Call 2011, 8 projects with a total amount of 4.93 mio. € will be funded.

These are the successful projects within this call:

“Second generation human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for broad-spectrum protection against HPV-induced skin and mucosal neoplasia”
Principal Investigator: Reinhard Kirnbauer / Medizinische Universität Wien
Project duration: 4 years

“A new treatment concept for lung injury”
Principal Investigator: Peter Petzelbauer / Medizinische Universität Wien
Project duration: 3 years

„Quantitative MRI assessment of cartilage glyco-saminoglyacan content in the ankle”
Principal Investigator: Stephan E.R. Domayer / Medizinische Universität Wien
Project duration: 3,5 years

"Serum-Autoantibody testing for early diagnosis of Breast Cancer”
Principal Investigator: Andreas Weinhäusel / Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Project duration: 3 Jahre

„Enhanced Therapy for Liver Malignancies based on Optimised Secondary Particle Radiotherapy and Bio-pharmacokinetic Modelling”
Principal Investigator: Claudia Kuntner / Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Project duration: 3 years

„Tumor-infiltrating CD20+ B cells: Promoters of human melanoma?”
Principal Investigators: Stephan Wagner/ Margarita Maurer/ Medizinische Universität Wien
Project duration: 3 years

“The relation between retinal and optic nerve head parameters and circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer profile”
Principal Investigator: Clemens Vass / Medizinische Universität Wien
Project duration: 3 years

“Augmentation of residual neural control by non-invasive spinal cord stimulation to modify spasticity in spinal cord injured people”
Principal Investigators: Winfried Mayr/ Ursula Hofstötter/ Medizinische Universität Wien
Project duration: 4 years

International Jury Life Sciences Call 2011

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2010

Life Sciences

Alipasha Vaziri (MFPL/IMP/ Uni Vie), Claudine Kraft (MFPL) and Jürgen Kleine Vehn (BOKU) will come to Vienna to build their own research groups here.

Decisions for the Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2010 have been made at the jury meeting on September 9-10, 2010. The decision process included a strictly international expert jury, peer review, funding recommendation by the jury and formal decision by the WWTF Board of Directors. In a two-step process 25 short proposals have been submitted to WWTF, from those the jury selected 13 and invited them to submit a full proposal. Each of the 13 proposals was subject to a minimum of two peer reviews from international scientists of the respective field. All 13 candidates have been invited to a hearing in front of the jury which resulted in the funding recommendation.

Life Sciences Call 2009

Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

Life Sciences Call 2009

Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

For this year’s Life Sciences Call a total sum of 5.5 mio. € was dedicated. Within the framework of the defined deadline for submission a total number of 75 proposals has been submitted. This corresponds to a requested funding volume of about 48 mio. €.

From 6-7 July 2009 the Life Sciences Jury meeting took place gathering 11 international jurors chaired by Kay Huebner (Ohio State University). During the meeting, the jury extensively discussed the submitted proposals on the basis of at 2-6 exclusively international reviews per proposal and formulated the jury recommendation. On 15 July the WWTF Board of Directors fully confirmed the jury’s funding recommendation.

The jury recommends a total number of 11 projects requesting a funding volume of 5.5 mio. €:

• Molecular mechanisms of memory formation: targets of Drosophila Orb2
Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP)
Krystyna Keleman
funding volume: 530.000 €; duration: 3 years

• Searching for Cancer Achilles‘ Heels
Sebastian MB Nijman
Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM)
funding volume: 550.000 €; duration: 3 years

• Molecular function of CTCF and cohesins in regulating nuclear organization and gene activity
Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP)
Jan-Michael Peters
funding volume: 575,000 €; duration: 3 years

• Epigenetic Regulation of T Cell Development and Function
Medical University of Vienna
Wilfried Ellmeier
funding volume: 552,000 €; duration: 3 years

• tRNA methylation, 5‘ end processing, and Alzheimers‘ disease: molecular mechanisms of a multifunctional mitochondrial enzyme
Medical University of Vienna
Walter Rossmanith
funding volume: 400,000 €; duration: 4 years

• BIOGEN – From genes to biocontrol
Vienna university of Technology
Susanne Zeilinger
funding volume: 410,000 €; duration: 4 years

• Multiphasic comparative analysis of key nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in wastewater treatment plants
University of Vienna
Holger Daims
funding volume: 630,000 €; duration: 3.5 years

• TOXI-GENOME: Understanding and exploiting epigenetic chromatin regulation mechanisms to mine fungal genomes for novel secondary metabolites
Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) und University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences
Joseph Strauss
funding volume: 390,000 €; duration: 4 years

• The dynamics of the miRNA effector complex
Max F. Perutz Laboratories (University of Vienna and Medizinical University of Vienna)
Silke Dorner
funding volume: 343,200 €; duration: 3 years

• Towards sustainable food and bioenergy security for society: Establishing an academic compound screening platform in Vienna to characterize and modulate Strigo-lactone synthesis in plants
Max F. Perutz Laboratories (University of Vienna and Medizinical University of Vienna)
Tobias Sieberer
funding volume: 640,000 €; duration: 3 years

• Analysis of the consequences of autommunity to anti-lysosomal Membran Protein-2 (hLAMP-2) in focal necrotizing Glomerlulonephritis (FNGN): towards novel therapeutic and monitoring strategies
Medical University of Vienna
Renate Kain
funding volume: 480,000 €; duration: 4 years

Life Sciences Chairs 2008

Quantitative Methods in Life Sciences – from Observations to Paradigm

Life Sciences Chairs 2008

Quantitative Methods in Life Sciences – from Observations to Paradigm

The WWTF board granted 1.5 Mio. Euro to Chris Oostenbrink.

Life Sciences Call 2007

Linking Research and Patients’ Needs

Life Sciences Call 2007

Linking Research and Patients’ Needs

The “Life Sciences 2007 – Linking Research and Patients' Needs“ Call provided funding to six projects, with a total amount of about € 4.3 million.

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Life Sciences Call 2005

Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

Life Sciences Call 2005

Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

This Call provided funding for eight projects, with a total amount of € 5 million.

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Life Sciences Chairs 2004

Research Group Manager/Bioinformatics

Life Sciences Chairs 2004

Research Group Manager/Bioinformatics

The WWTF Board decided in its meeting of 16 December 2004 to give a massive boost to the life sciences in Vienna by adding two bioinformatics research groups, for which it provided altogether € 3 million in funding.

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Life Sciences Call 2003

Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

Life Sciences Call 2003

Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

The first Call of this thematic programme funded ten projects with altogether € 5.67 million.

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