The Life Sciences thematic call programme started in 2003 and is the longest standing programme of the fund. The life sciences play an important role and are strongly represented in the research landscape of Vienna, ranging from basic research to translational research. Hence, the fund has opened calls throughout the years with thematic focuses within these different areas of research: ranging from "Molecular Mechanisms and Methods" to "Personalized Medicine", spanning over other topics such as "Imaging" and "Nutritional Sciences". The calls address researchers in many different areas such as biology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, bioengineering and related fields. In addition, strong emphasis is put on interdisciplinary and collaborative work between departments and institutes to foster interactive partnerships. 

Contact: Johanna Trupke

 

Current calls

Life Sciences 2017 - Chemical Biology (being processed)

Chemical Biology

This call targets cutting-edge research projects at the interface of chemistry and life sciences which employ innovative tools and/or techniques from the chemical sciences to address biological/medical research questions. Novel and promising combinations of expertise, which blend chemistry and biology in new ways, should be a major feature of the proposed projects.

The Deadline for the submission of Full Proposals for the Life Sciences Call 2017 "Chemical Biology" was Friday August 18, 2017. In total, 25 Full Proposals were submitted. These proposals will now be evaluated by international reviewers. The funding decision will be announced in winter 2017. 

For more information to the Call please refer to the LS17 Call fiche

Contact: Johanna Trupke

Earlier calls

Life Sciences Call 2016 - Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine

This call was open for cutting-edge research projects proposals on precision medicine to improve diagnoses and/or prognoses of diseases as well as stratified therapeutic strategies in humans. High quality Omics data (e.g. genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microbiomics), disease- or therapeutic-oriented functional data and/or imaging data had to be integrated to answer relevant clinical questions. All projects had to be complemented by a research concept considering system medicine approaches for a better understanding of disease and therapeutic response.

Funding volume: 4,678,000 € 
Number of applications: 64 Short proposals, 21 invited to submit a full proposal 
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: September 15-16, 2016
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: September 26, 2016

Contact person: Johanna Trupke

For more information see the Call Fiche

Members of the call jury:

  • Søren BRUNAK (Jury Chair) |Technical University of Denmark, DK
  • Francesca Barone | University of Birmingham, UK
  • Andrea Brand | Cambridge University, UK
  • Martina Muckenthaler | University of Heidelberg, DE
  • Christian Ottensmeier | University of Southampton, UK
  • Torben Orntoft | Aarhus University, DK
  • Matthias Schwab | Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, Stuttgart, DE

 

 

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2014 - Imaging

Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies

This call was open for cutting-edge research projects proposals that supported the development of novel approaches in biological and biomedical imaging methodologies with the potential to substantially move forward the Life Sciences. Please note that while the addressed question had to be biologically or biomedically driven, the Principal Investigator did not have to come from these fields.

Funding volume: 4,407,000 € 
Number of applications: 126 short proposals, 28 invited to submit a full proposal
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: November 27-28, 2014
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 9, 2014

Contact person: Marita Benkwitz

For more information see the Call Fiche

Members of the call jury:

  • Paul MATTHEWS (Chair) | Imperial College London, UK
  • Markus SAUER (Vice Chair) | University of Würzburg, DE
  • Daniel CHOQUET | Pasteur Institute, FR
  • Karla MILLER | FMRIB, UK
  • Alison NOBLE | University of Oxford, UK
  • Xavier PENNEC | INRIA, FR
  • Maximilian REISER | Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, DE
  • Janet THORNTON | EMBL-EBI, UK
  • Paul WISEMAN | McGill University, CA

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2013 - New Ventures Beyond Established Frontiers

This project call was open for innovative, frontier research that had the potential for scientific breakthroughs but at the same time may be high-risk. Novel and promising combinations of expertise had to be a major feature of the proposed projects. This was the first call with this specific focus.

Funding volume: 5,100,000 € 
Number of applications: 123 Short proposals, 30 invited to submit a full proposal
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: October 14-15, 2013
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: October 22, 2013

Contact person: Marita Benkwitz

For more information please see the Call Fiche

Members of the call jury:

  • Anna Tramontano (Panel Chair) | Sapienza University, IT
  • Martin Reddington (Vice Chair) |Former scientific director HFSP, DE
  • Marco Bianchi | San Raffaele University, IT
  • Alicia El Haj | Keele University, UK
  • Nuria Galles | University of Barcelona, ES
  • Ute Krämer | University of Bochum, DE
  • Paul Lasko | McGill University, CA
  • Fred MacKintosh Vrije |Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
  • Cathie Martin | John Innes Centre, UK
  • Philippe Sansonetti | Institut Pasteur, FR

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2012 - Food and Nutrition

Proposals had to address substantial scientific research questions with the aim to advance a rigorous understanding of nutrition and its implications on humans and animals. Proposals addressing scientific research questions with clear implications on food and feed safety, security and quality were also eligible. The impact on public health and practical implications for human and animal patients and individuals at risk were an important rationale for the call.

Funding volume: 3,036,000 € 
Number of applications: 60 full proposals
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: October 22-23, 2012
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: November 6, 2012

Contact: Marita Benkwitz

Members of the call jury:

  • Hannelore Daniel (Jury Chair) | Munich Technical University, DE
  • Thomas Beck | Head of Nestlé Research Lausanne, CH
  • Regina Brigelius-Flohé | University of Potsdam, DE
  • Luca Cocolin |Università degli Studi di Torino, IT
  • Chris-Carolin Schön |Munich Technical University, DE
  • Matthias Wüst | University of Bonn, DE
  • Geert Janssens |Ghent University, BE
  • Lars K. Poulsen | University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Ann Prentice | MRC Human Nutrition Research, UK
  • Wim Saris | Maastricht University, NL
  • Joachim Spranger | Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, DE

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2011 - Linking Research and Patients' Needs

With this call we wanted to encourage scientific projects linking research and patients' needs. This means that the funding focus of WWTF concentrated on strengthening links between outstanding lab research and medical/clinical research. Fostering cooperation between basic scientists and clinicians was a tremendous opportunity to strengthen Vienna's life sciences cluster and to open up new avenues to develop novel patient oriented approaches. 

Funding volume: 4,930,000 € 
Number of applications: 83 full proposals
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: June 16-17, 2011
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: June 22, 2012

For more information see the Call Fiche

Members of the call jury:

  • Andrew JT George (jury chair) | Imperial College London, UK
  • Karen Chapman | Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK
  • Cosimo De Bari | University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Liz Glass Professor | University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Elizabeth Henske | Harvard Medical School, US
  • Regina Hodits | Wellington Partners, Munich, DE
  • Bruce Y Lee | University of Pittsburgh, US
  • Basil Lewis |Technion Israel Institute of Technology, IL
  • Harry Van Lenthe | KU Leuven, BE/ ETH Zürich, CH
  • Paul Matthews | Imperial College London / GSK, UK
  • Daniel Peeper | Netherlands Cancer Institute, NL

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2009 - Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

The call was open for universities and research institutions as well as individual scientists from the research fields of biology, chemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine, bioprocess engineering and related areas that strive to understand molecular mechanisms and/or develop related methods.

Funding volume: 5,500,000 € 
Number of applications: 75 full proposals
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: July 6-7, 2009
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: July 15, 2009

For more information see the Call Fiche

Members of the call jury:

Kay Huebner (Jury Chair) | Ohio State University, US
Adriano Aguzzi | Universität Zürich, CH
Christian Betzel | Universität Hamburg, DE
Marie Ann Bogoyevitch | The University of Melbourne, AU
Alan Colman | Singapore Stem Cell Consortium
Andrew George | Imperial College London, UK
Regina Hodits | Atlas Venture, DE
Rob Kay | Cambridge University, UK
Cathie R. Martin | John Innes Centre, UK
Monika Schäfer-Korting | Freie Universität Berlin, DE
Willy Verstraete | Ghent University, BE

Funded projects

Life Sciences Chairs 2008 - Quantitative Methods in Life Sciences

This call addressed Vienna-based research institutions that intend to hire an excellent researcher from abroad for the set-up and management of a research group in the field of quantitative methods in life sciences.

Funding volume: 1,500,000 € 
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: 1 December 2008
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: 16 December 2008

For further information see Call Fiche

Members of the call jury:

Sebastian Bonhoeffer | ETH Zurich, CH
Vincenzo Capasso | University of Milano, IT
Michael Doebeli | University of British Columbia, CA
Rodney J. Douglas | ETH Zurich, CH
Herbert Eichenbaum | Boston University, US
Julia Fischer | Universität Göttingen, DE
Christof Koch | California Institute of Technology, US
Manfred Milinski | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, DE
Wolfgang Prinz | Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Science, DE
Wolfgang W.Weisser | University of Jena, DE

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2007 - Linking Research and Patients' Needs

With this call we wanted to encourage scientific projects linking research and patients' needs. This means that the funding focus of WWTF concentrated on strengthening links between outstanding lab research and medical/clinical research. Fostering cooperation between basic scientists and clinicians was a tremendous opportunity to strengthen Vienna's life sciences cluster and to open up new avenues to develop novel patient oriented approaches. 

Funding volume: 4,300,000 € 
Number of applications: 77 proposals
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: November 26-27, 2007
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 11, 2007

Members of the call jury:

  • Fritz Bach (chairman) | Harvard Medical School, US
  • Guido Adler | University of Ulm, DE
  • Adriano Aguzzi |University Hospital of Zurich, CH
  • Alan Colman | ES Cell International Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Simon Day | Roche Products Limited
  • Andrew J T George | Imperial College London, UK
  • Henrike Hartmann | Volkswagen Foundation
  • Regina Hodits | Atlas Venture, Munich, DE
  • Regina Hofmann-Lehmann | University of Zurich, CH
  • Giorgio Parmiani | San Raffaele Foundation Scientific Institute, IT
  • Jeffrey L. Platt | Mayo Clinic, US
  • Andrew Todd-Prokropek | University College London, UK
  • Harald zur Hausen | German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg, DE

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2005 - Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

The call was open for universities and research institutions as well as individual scientists from the research fields of biology, chemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine, bioprocess engineering and related areas that strive to understand molecular mechanisms and/or develop related methods.

Funding volume: 5,000,000 € 
Number of applications: 47 proposals
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: November 25-26, 2005
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: December 16, 2005

Members of the call jury:

Adriano Aguzzi | University of Zurich, CH
Fritz Bach | Harvard Medical School, US
Alan Colman | ES Cell International Pte Ltd (ESI), SG
Uwe Hartmann | University of Saarbrücken, DE
Regina Hodits | Atlas Venture Munich, DE
Dirk Inzé | Ghent University, BE
Michal Linial | Hebrew University Jerusalem, IS
Matthias Mann | Max Planck Institute für Biochemie, DE
Hans Wigzell | Karolinska Institute, SW

 

Funded projects

Life Sciences Chairs 2004 - Bioinformatics

The objective pursued by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) with the VIENNA SCIENCE CHAIRS was to bring in and set up additional research groups that would significantly strengthen Vienna as a research location within a narrowly circumscribed field. This first call was issued under the WWTF priority heading of “Life Sciences”. The theme of the first WWTF Vienna Science Chair was bioinformatics, an area in which action was required.

Funding volume: 3.000.000 € 
Awarding procedure: Selection by international expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: 1 December 2004
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: 16 December 2004

 

Members of the call jury:

  • Geoffrey Barton | University of Dundee, UK
  • Antoine de Daruvar | Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, FR
  • Liisa Holm | University of Helsinki, FI
  • Michal Linial | Hebrew University Jerusalem, IS
  • Thomas Oliva | Federation of Austrian Industry, AT
  • Anna Tramontano | University of Rome "La Sapienza", IT
  • Georg Wick | Austrian Science Fund, AT

Funded projects

Life Sciences Call 2003 - Molecular Mechanisms and Methods

The first call WWTF thematic call was open for universities and research institutions as well as individual scientists from the research fields of biology, chemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine, bioprocess engineering and related areas that strive to understand molecular mechanisms and/or develop related methods.

Funding volume: 5,670,000 € 
Number of applications: 57 proposals
Awarding procedure: Selection by expert panel based on review report by peers
Jury meeting: September 29, 2003
Formal decision by WWTF Board of Directors: November 11, 2003

Funded projects

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