Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Funding success for Life Science Research in Vienna

30.01.2014
The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) and the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna reach a top score in European research funding. Together they secure seven new ERC grants.

Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) are in high demand among scientists. Securing one of them means that a project receives between 1.5 and 2.5 Million Euro of funding over a period of five years.

Applications undergo a rigorous evaluation procedure and success rates in the life sciences are typically around ten percent. The IMP and IMBA, two basic research institutes in Vienna, have received approval for all seven proposals they submitted in 2013, earning them a top score in last year’s statistics of grant distribution.

Young investigators in Europe face the problem of insufficient opportunities for an important transition: The step from working under supervision to becoming an independent researcher. ERC Starting Grants from the European Union support promising scientists at this stage in their career and encourage them to stay in Europe. ERC Consolidator Grants help researchers at a more advanced phase of their career to consolidate their own independent research team or program. ERC Advanced Grants allow established research leaders to pursue ground-breaking, high risk projects and ensure financial support of their work. Proposals for all three funding schemes are evaluated by international peer reviewers on the basis of excellence as the sole criterion.

At the IMP, applications for three ERC starting Grants were submitted in 2013. Its partner-institute IMBA applied for a total of four ERC grants – one Advanced Grant, two Starting Grants and one Consolidator Grant. All proposals of the two institutes were accepted. The grantees are:

• Luisa Cochella, IMP (ERC Starting Grant)
• David Keays, IMP (ERC Starting Grant)
• Johannes Zuber, IMP (ERC Starting Grant)
• Stefan Ameres, IMBA (ERC Starting Grant)
• Kikue Tachibana-Konwalski, IMBA (ERC Starting Grant)
• Fumiyo Ikeda, IMBA (ERC Consolidator Grant)
• Josef Penninger, IMBA (ERC Advanced Grant)
In total, 9860 grants were submitted to the ERC in 2013. Out of these, 896 proposals were selected for funding - equivalent to an overall success rate of 9 percent. With an acceptance rate of 100 percent, the scientists at the IMP and IMBA strengthen Vienna`s position as one of Europe’s top places for research in the biological sciences. This status is further supported by the fact that all life science Starting Grants awarded to Austrian institutions in 2013 went to the Campus Vienna Biocenter, where IMP and IMBA are located.
About IMP
The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna is a basic biomedical research institute largely sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. With over 200 scientists from 36 nations, the IMP is committed to scientific discovery of fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex biological phenomena. Research areas include cell and molecular biology, neurobiology, disease mechanisms and computational biology.
About IMBA
The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) combines fundamental and applied research in the field of biomedicine. Interdisciplinary research groups address functional genetic questions, particularly those related to the origin of disease. IMBA is a subsidiary of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the leading organization promoting non-university academic basic research in Austria. IMBA was voted second best international workplace for postdoctoral researchers by readers of the US magazine “The Scientist”.
Press Contact IMP
Dr. Heidemarie Hurtl
IMP Communications
Tel. +43 (0)1 79730-3625
E-mail: hurtl@imp.ac.at

Press Contact IMBA
Elena Bertolini, MA
IMBA Communications
Tel. +43 (0)1 79730-3824
E-mail: elena.bertolini@imba.oeaw.ac.at

Dr. Heidemarie Hurtl | idw
Further information:
http://www.imba.oeaw.ac.at
http://www.imp.ac.at

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht CRTD receives 1.56 Mill. Euro BMBF-funding for retinal disease research
24.05.2017 | DFG-Forschungszentrum für Regenerative Therapien TU Dresden

nachricht BMBF funds translational project to improve radiotherapy
10.05.2017 | Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Strathclyde-led research develops world's highest gain high-power laser amplifier

The world's highest gain high power laser amplifier - by many orders of magnitude - has been developed in research led at the University of Strathclyde.

The researchers demonstrated the feasibility of using plasma to amplify short laser pulses of picojoule-level energy up to 100 millijoules, which is a 'gain'...

Im Focus: Can the immune system be boosted against Staphylococcus aureus by delivery of messenger RNA?

Staphylococcus aureus is a feared pathogen (MRSA, multi-resistant S. aureus) due to frequent resistances against many antibiotics, especially in hospital infections. Researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have identified immunological processes that prevent a successful immune response directed against the pathogenic agent. The delivery of bacterial proteins with RNA adjuvant or messenger RNA (mRNA) into immune cells allows the re-direction of the immune response towards an active defense against S. aureus. This could be of significant importance for the development of an effective vaccine. PLOS Pathogens has published these research results online on 25 May 2017.

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a bacterium that colonizes by far more than half of the skin and the mucosa of adults, usually without causing infections....

Im Focus: A quantum walk of photons

Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.

The quantum computer has fuelled the imagination of scientists for decades: It is based on fundamentally different phenomena than a conventional computer....

Im Focus: Turmoil in sluggish electrons’ existence

An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behaviour of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.

We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence...

Im Focus: Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies

Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which molecules with different magnetic centers arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern. Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

Ferrimagnets are composed of two centers which are magnetized at different strengths and point in opposing directions. Two-dimensional, quasi-flat ferrimagnets...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Marine Conservation: IASS Contributes to UN Ocean Conference in New York on 5-9 June

24.05.2017 | Event News

AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium 2017: Internet of Production for Agile Enterprises

23.05.2017 | Event News

Dortmund MST Conference presents Individualized Healthcare Solutions with micro and nanotechnology

22.05.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Reptile vocalization is surprisingly flexible

30.05.2017 | Life Sciences

EU research project DEMETER strives for innovation in enzyme production technology

30.05.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering

New insights into the ancestors of all complex life

29.05.2017 | Earth Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>