Faculty Awards & Grants

Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award is an initiative of the Faculty of Life Sciences designed to honour young postdoctoral scientists publishing in the top journals of their field. Award recipients are selected based on their publication output. They are expected to use the grant, which will is formally disbursed to the account of their department, to conduct research or to support their participation at international meetings. former awardees


  • Petra Sumasgutner (Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology)
  • Johannes Wessely (Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research)

Gertrud Pleskot Award

The Gertrud Pleskot Award is designed to promote young female scientists at the Faculty of Life Sciences especially early in their scientific careers and is awarded based on the same criteria as the Young Investigator Award. Read more about Gertrud Pleskot (in German). former awardees


  • Nicole Grunstra (Department of Evolutionary Biology)
  • Nazlisadat Seyed Khoei (Department of Nutritional Sciences)


Research Support Grants

Research Support Grants can be applied for by postdocs of the Faculty of Life Sciences to support (i) the presentation of results at scientific meetings, (ii) participation in special methods courses, workshops and research training (iii) short-term stays (up to three months) outside Vienna to acquire new techniques or continue experimental work in the research group of a collaborating partner, and (iv) urgently required consumables, which cannot be purchased by other funds (in this case an extra justification by the PI is necessary). A total of 10 grants per year are available


  • To support young scientists only postdoctoral researchers can apply. The signature of the respective PI is necessary for each application.
  • The Dean´s Office will check formalities and decide based on need, clear and detailed justification, and available financial resources.
  • a maximum of 500 Euro per grant can be applied for and must be spent within the same calendar year
  • No deadline applies, but the application has to be sent to dekanat.lewi@univie.ac.at at least 8 weeks before the trip, purchase of laboratory reagents or the trainings and workshops. It is not possible to retroactively apply for a grant.

Application form