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Awards & Honors

Grants, Awards and honors are important parameters for measuring scientific excellence.  At IMBA scientists are empowered to perform at their best and have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in research.


The European Research Council (ERC) was founded by the EU in 2007 to fund outstanding science. 10 years later, ERC grants stand out as the most prestigious award for high quality research in Europe. The sole selection criterion for an ERC grant is scientific excellence. The process is so competitive that only 11% of applications are funded, however, at IMBA and the Vienna BioCenter the success rate is higher than 60%.

At IMBA 9 out of 12 groups are currently funded by an ERC grant.

The Vienna BioCenter celebrates ERC's 10-year anniversary


Election to EMBO Membership is recognition of research excellence and the outstanding achievements made by a life scientist. 85 EMBO Members and Associate Members have been awarded Nobel Prizes. The annual nominations and elections ensure that the membership remains at the forefront of life science research. The EMBO Membership currently comprises more than 1700 life scientists.

At IMBA, 4 Group leaders are elected EMBO members, 2 group leaders were recently appointed EMBO Young Investigators.


Year Award Institution Person Group
2006 Annual Award Austrian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Hutterer Andrea Knoblich
2005 Nominated a Young Global Leader World Economic Forum Penninger Josef Penninger
2005 Wittgenstein Prize Austrian Government Dickson Barry Dickson
2005 VBC PhD Award Vienna Biocenter Betschinger Jörg Knoblich
2004 Member New York Academy of Sciences Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Honorary Professor Peking Union Medical College Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 The Harold Copp Lecture, Vancouver Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Wolfe & Gita Churg Foundation Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 The Koy Lecture Trinity College Toronto Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Austria'04 Award Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Elected as Full Member German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Kennedy Visiting Professor, London Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Honorary Professor University of Vienna Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Elected Austrian Scientist of the Year 2003 Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Science Prize for research in protein chemistry Federal state of Lower Austria Mechtler Karl
2004 Elected Member EMBO Dickson Barry Dickson
2004 PhD Thesis Award Austrian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Betschinger Jörg Knoblich
2002 Elected Member EMBO Knoblich Jürgen Knoblich