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. The programme is financed by the City of Vienna / Wien Kultur.

Presentation of the programme achievements

Current calls

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2018 - Information and Communication Technology (currently open)

The ninth call in the “Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" programme in the field of "Information and Communication Technology” is now open. This group shall strive to improve the understanding of substantial current scientific research questions in the field of Information and Communication Technology with potential medium term economic or social benefits.

It addresses Vienna-based universities and research institutions that intend to hire an excellent young researcher from abroad for setting-up and managing of an independent research group. Active recruitment procedures are mandatory.

WWTF in total grants a maximum of three positions with up to € 1.6 million for six to eight years per research group. In total, € 4.8 million are dedicated to this call.

Full proposal have to be submitted online only by 2 pm, July 12, 2018.. Decisions are planned for December 2018. Hearings of selected candidates will take place in Vienna end of November / beginning of December 2018.

A Vienna Research Group is an assembly of researchers that launches individuals in their post-doc phase onto their next career step. Typically it is the first “genuine” group led by such a young researcher who undertakes leadership responsibility for several group members. Vienna Research Group leaders usually are two to eight years after PhD; care duties may extend this period by up to four years. WWTF intentionally aims this initiative at very young researchers.

Vienna Research Groups operate for six to eight years. Key milestones are: (i) an interim evaluation after three to four years; and (ii) the end of the “first” phase, chiefly financed by WWTF, after five years. The second phase will depend on the framework and opportunities available at the home institutions and will run for one to three years. Funding by WWTF is supplemented, particularly in the second phase (i.e. years 6, 6-7 or 6-8), by a significant rise in financing by the host institution. Vienna Research Group leaders are to be independent in designing their research work and recruiting their staff. 

Contact: Michael Strassnig 

All interested parties are cordially invited to an Proposers’ Day on April 5, 2018, 10 am - 12 noon, Schlickgasse 3/8, 1090 Wien.

Job advertisement of the University of Vienna

See VRG18 Call Fiche for more information.

For further information see VRG18 Guide for Writing a Proposal.

This call is based on the current VRG Funding Guidelines (in German).

 

Earlier calls

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2017 - Mathematik 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. The awardees will be annoucing soon. 

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

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2016 - 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

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2015 - Computational Biosciences

"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

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2014 - Life Sciences

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

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2013 - Cognitive Sciences

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

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2012 - Mathematics and...

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

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2011 - Information & Communication Technology

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

Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call 2010 - Life Sciences

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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