Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators


The goal of the programme is to bring young excellent researchers from abroad to Vienna to start their first "genuine" group here. The Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators (VRG) leaders receive substantial funding from WWTF (up to 1.6 mio € per group) for 6-8 years as well as a clear-cut career plan with a long-term perspective from the Vienna host institutions. The application is in tandem, i.e. the VRG leader applies together with the Vienna research institution. The topics of the progamme change every year. 

Contact: Donia Lasinger

Current calls


The 13th Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators call 2022 is issued for up to two group leader position as part of the WWTF’s Environmental Systems Research programme.

  • It addresses Vienna-based universities and research institutions that intend to hire an excellent young researcher from abroad for setting-up and managing an independent research group. Active recruitment procedures are mandatory.
  • This group must address substantial state-of the-art scientific research questions in the area of environmental systems research.
  • WWTF especially encourages Vienna-based research institutions to propose female group leaders.
  • WWTF takes unconventional research careers into consideration.
  • WWTF in total grants up to two positions with up to € 1.6 million per research group for six to eight years of funding.

For more details please refer to the VRG 22 Call Fiche and to the "Call Specifications".

Submission deadline: June 15th 2pm 

You can find more details regarding WWTF's new funding guideline here.

All interested parties were cordially invited to an online Proposers’ Day on April 6, 2022, 10 am - 12 noon, please find the slides below.

Announcements of Viennese Research Institutions:

Please do not hesitate to contact the Call Manager for more information:
Donia Lasinger
donia.lasinger@wwtf.at
Tel.: +43-1-402 31 43 - 16

Earlier calls


Cognitive Sciences

The twelfth call in the  "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Cognitive Sciences" in 2021. It was issued up for two positions à 1,6 mio €  funding volume. The awardees will be annouced soon. 

Funding volume: 3,2 Mio €
Number of applications: 21 Proposals
Awarding procedure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: 2/3rd of December 2021
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: 16th of December 2021

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

Funded projects

Computational Biosciences

The eleventh call in the  "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Life Sciences - Computational Biosciences" in 2020. It was issued up for two positions à 1,6 mio €  funding volume. The awardees will be annouced soon. 

Funding volume: 3,2 m €
Number of applications: 12 proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: December 3-4, 2020
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 16, 2020

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

Members of the call jury:

Peter Arndt (jury chair) | MPI für molekulare Genetik

Franca Fraternali | King’s College London

Martin Lenz | Univ. Paris-Saclay

Carsten Marr | Helmholtz Zentrum München

Natasa Przulj | Barcelona Supercomputing C. / UCL

Blanca Rodriguez | University of Oxford

Tanja Stadler | ETH Zürich

Funded projects

Interdisciplinary Data Science

The tenth call in the  "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Information and Communication Technology - Interdisciplinary Data Science" in 2019. It was issued up for two positions à 1,6 mio €  funding volume. The awardees will be annouced soon. 

Funding volume: 3.2 m €
Number of applications: 11 proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: December 2-3, 2019
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 17, 2019

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

Members of the call jury:

  • Barbara Caputo (jury chair) | Politecnico of Torino, Italy
  • Jianqing Fan| Princeton, US
  • Daniel Gatica-Perez | EPFL, CH
  • Volker Markl | TU Berlin, Germany
  • Natasa Przulj| Barcelona Supercomputing Center, ES
  • Anthony Steed | UCL, UK

 

Funded projects

Information & Communication Technology

The ninth call in the  "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Information and Communication Technology" in 2018. It was issued up for three positions à 1,6 mio €  funding volume. The awardees will be annoucing soon. 

 

Funding volume: 4.8 m €
Number of applications: 17 proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: November 28-29, 2018
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 11, 2018

Contact person: Michael Strassnig

Members of the call jury:

  • Björn Ottersten (jury chair) | University of Luxemburg, LU
  • Luc de Raedt | KU Leuven, BE
  • Lars Ramkilde Knudsen | Technical University of Denmark, DK
  • Marta Kwiatkowska | University of Oxford, UK
  • Angelika Steger | ETH Zurich, CH
  • Rüdiger Westermann | TU Munich, DE

Funded projects

"Mathematics and..."

The eighth call in the  "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Mathematics and ..." in 2017. It was issued up for two positions à 1,6 mio €  funding volume.

Funding volume: 3.200.000 €
Number of applications: 16 proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international 
Jury meeting: November 30 - December 1, 2017
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 12, 2017

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

Members of the call jury:

Barbara Wohlmuth (jury chair) | TU München, DE
Rama Cont | Imperial College London, UK
Susanne Ditlevsen | University of Copenhagen, DK 
Stéphane Jaffard | UPEC – Université Paris-Est, FR 
J. Tinsley Oden | ICES – The University of Texas at Austin, US
Angela Stevens | Universität Münster, DE

 

Funded projects

Complexity Science

The seventh call in the  "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Complexity Science" in 2016. It was issued for one position à 1,6 mio €  funding volume.

Funding volume: 1,600,000 €
Number of applications: 5 full proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: December 5, 2016
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 13, 2016

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

For more information see the Call Fiche 2016

Members of the call jury:

  • Sorin Solomon (jury chair) | Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL
  • Alfred Hubler | University of Illinois, US
  • Gero Miesenböck | University of Oxford, UK
  • Michal Linial | Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL
  • Vittorio Loreto | Sapienza University Rome, IT
  • Frank Schweitzer | ETH Zürich, CH
  • Karoline Wiesner | University of Bristol, UK

Funded projects

"Computational Biosciences"

The sixth call in the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Computational Biosciences" in 2015. It was issued for up to 2 positions à 1,6 mio €  funding volume.

The successful appointment of a woman will be rewarded with a financial benefit for the Vienna host institution in order to support their gender mainstreaming activities ("ergänzendes Instrument").

Funding volume: 3,197,900 €
Number of applications: 9 full proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: December 9-10, 2015
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 14, 2015
 
Contact person: Donia Lasinger
 
For more information see the Call Fiche 2015
 

Members of the call jury: 

Anna Tramontano (jury chair)| Sapienza University of Rome, IT
Peter F. Arndt | Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, DE
Sebastian Bonhoeffer | ETH Zurich, CH
Juni Palmgren | Karolinska Institutet, SE
Fabian Theis | Helmholtz Zentrum München
Janet Thornton | EMBL-EBI, UK

Funded projects

The fifth call in the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Life Sciences" in 2014. It was issued for up to 3 positions à 1,6 mio €  funding volume.

The successful appointment of a woman will be rewarded with a financial benefit for the Vienna host institution in order to support their gender mainstreaming activities ("ergänzendes Instrument").

Funding volume:  4,799,000 €

Number of applications: 25 full proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: November 24-25, 2014
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: November 28, 2014

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

For more information see the Call Fiche 2014

Members of the call jury: 

  • Andrew George (jury chair) | Brunel University London, UK
  • Cosimo De Bari | University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Gerhard Haszprunar | LMU Munich, DE
  • Michal Linial | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Cathie Martin | John Innes Centre, UK
  • Sylvie Mazan | CNRS UPMC, FR

Funded projects

The fourth call in the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Cognitive Sciences" in 2013. It was issued for up to 2 positions à 1,5 mio €  funding volume.

Funding volume: 1,499,466 €
Number of applications: 7 full proposals
Awarding procdure: One stage procedure with full proposals, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: November 25, 2013
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 17, 2013

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

For more information see the Call Fiche 2013

Members of the call jury: 

  • Gero Miesenböck (jury chair) | University of Oxford, UK
  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore | UCL, UK
  • Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky | University of Marburg, DE
  • Cynthia Macdonald | University of Canterbury, UK
  • Jochen Steil | Bielefeld University, DE
  • David W. Stephens | University of Minnesota, US
  • Jan Theeuwes | Vrije Universiteit, NL

 

Funded projects

The third call in the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Mathematics and..." in 2012. It was issued for up to 2 positions à 1,5 mio €  funding volume.

Funding volume: 2,995,450 €
Number of applications: 30 short proposals, 11 invited for submitting a full proposal
Awarding procdure: Two stage procedure with short and full proposal, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: December 10-11, 2012
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 18, 2012

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

For more information see the Call Fiche 2012

Members of the call jury:

  • Barbara Wohlmuth (jury chair) | Technical University Munich, DE
  • Sebastian Bonhoeffer | ETH Zurich, CH
  • Emilia Del Bono | University of Essex, UK
  • Anna C. Gilbert | The University of Michigan, US
  • Maciej Lewenstein | ICFO Barcelona, ES
  • Philip K. Maini | Oxford University, UK
  • Ingrid Van Keilegom | Université catholique de Louvain, BE

Funded projects

The second call in the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Information- and Communication Technology" in 2011. It was issued for up to 2 positions à 1,5 mio €  funding volume.

Funding volume: 4,500,000 €
Number of applications: 22 short proposals, 11 invited for submitting a full proposal
Awarding procdure: Two stage procedure with short and full proposal, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: December 8-9, 2011
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 14, 2011

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

For more information see the Call Fiche 2011

Members of the call jury: 

Alexander L. Wolf (jury chair) | Imperial College London, UK
Hans Ulrich Buhl | University of Augsburg, DE
Anja Feldmann | Technische Universität Berlin, DE
David Harel | Weizmann Institute of Science, IL
Carol O’Sullivan | Trinity College Dublin, IRL
Björn Ottersten | Royal Institute of Technology, SE
Tom Rodden | University of Nottingham, UK

Funded projects

The first call in the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme took place in the field of "Life Sciences" in 2010. It was issued for up to 3 positions à 1,5 mio €  funding volume.

Funding volume: 2,999,600 €
Number of applications: 25 short proposals, 13 invited for submitting a full proposal
Awarding procdure: Two stage procedure with short and full proposal, selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers and hearing
Jury meeting: September 8-10, 2010
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: September 13, 2010

Contact person: Donia Lasinger

For more information see the Call Fiche 2010

Members of the call jury: 

  • Alan Coman (jury chair) | A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology, SG
  • Edda Fiebiger | Harvard Medical School, US
  • Henrike Hartmann | Volkswagenstiftung, DE
  • Kay Huebner | Ohio State University, US
  • Dirk Inzè | University of Ghent, BE
  • Michal Linial | Hebrew University, IL
  • Chris Mason | University College London, UK

Funded projects

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