Faculty Awards and Programmes

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. The award has a value of 7000 €. 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


  • Bernhard Franzke (Department of Nutritional Sciences)
  • Simon Rittmann (Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology)
  • Sonja Windhager (Department of Theoretical Biology)

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


  • Victoria Klang (Department of Pharm.Technology and Biopharmaceutics)
  • Georgina Szipl (Core Facility Konrad Lorenz Research Station for Behaviour and Cognition, Grünau im Almtal)


Back to Research Grant

The "Back to Research" grant provides support for female postdoc researchers who reduced or interrupted their academic research in the past 5 years in order to care for their child/children. The grant enables female researchers to write applications for research projects that serve their career development and/or to write/complete publications. This grant is co-funded by the Rectorate and the Faculty of Life Sciences. former awardees


  • Didione Frigerio (Core Facility KLF for Behaviour and Cognition) and
  • Maria Hellwig (Department of Neurobiology), both funded by the Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Andrea Grill ( Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research) and
  • Victoria Klang (Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics), both funded by the Rectorate.


  • Kathere Emadzade (Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research)
  • Marianne Koller-Peroutka (CF Cell Imaging and Ultrastructure Research), both funded by the Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Berit Hippe (Department of Nutritional Sciences) and
  • Julia Vierheilig (Department für Microbiology and Ecosystem Research), both funded by the Rectorate.