Internal Funding

Young Investigator Award

The "Young Investigator Award" (YIA) rewards outstanding research proposals made by junior faculty. The Award serves multiple purposes. First, it provides incentives to junior faculty to develop their own research agenda. It is therefore an instrument for promoting research in general. Second, the Award fosters independence of junior researchers. Awardees obtain a personal grant which they can use at their discretion (for purposes related to research). Third, the YIA is supposed to increase external funding. The Faculty benefits from increased external funding through additional overhead revenues.

Organisation and Timeline

There will not be a Young Investigator Award in 2017. In 2018, candidates are invited again to submit research proposals in a format and style required by leading funding agencies like FWF, OeNB, EU (i.e. 20-30 pages, including motivation, a short literature review, a description of the core project (e.g. experimental design), a work plan, a budget, a time line etc.) by April 1. The proposals are then submitted to the members of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for review. Applicants are invited to present their proposal at the Science Day. The max. number of YIA to be handed out is determined by the Faculty Board based on the number of applications and the budgetary situation. The prize money is paid out by the end of May. Candidates with suitable submissions are strongly encouraged by the Faculty Board to submit their proposal to funding agencies.