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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
2007 BioRad European RNAi Research Award Martinez Javier Martinez
2004 Elected Austrian Scientist of the Year 2003 Penninger Josef Penninger
2018 Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Kennedy Visiting Professor, London Penninger Josef Penninger
2004 Austria'04 Award Penninger Josef Penninger
2007 BioRad European RNAi Research Award Weitzer Stefan Martinez
2008 Included in the list of the 100 most important Austrian immigrant/emigrants in politics, arts, sports, philosophy, business, or music, from 1900-2008 Penninger Josef Penninger
2008 Poster Award for the poster "RANKL/RANK controls the central fever response" 2nd International Conference on Osteoimmunology, Rhodes, Greece Hanada Reiko Penninger
2011 Best Poster Prize 3rd Annual Eurosystem Consortium Meeting, Prague Rolland Vivien Knoblich
2008 Outstanding ABRF Poster Award ABRF Conference at Salt Lake City, USA Mechtler Karl
2013 Elected Member Academia Europaea Knoblich Jürgen Knoblich
2009 Elected to the Academia Europea Academy of Europe, UK Penninger Josef Penninger
2012 Honorary Membership American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Penninger Josef Penninger
2010 Outstanding Scientist Technology Award Association of Bimolecular Resource Facilities Mechtler Karl
2011 Outstanding Scientist Techology Award Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Mechtler Karl
2017 CEE Innovation Award Atos Penninger Josef Penninger
2011 Monash Lecture Australian Academy of Sciences Marlovits Thomas Marlovits
2009 ASMR Medal Australian Society for Medical Research Penninger Josef Penninger
2008 Elected Member of the "Young Academy" Austrian Academy of Sciences Mochizuki Kazufumi Mochizuki
2007 Elected Full Member Austrian Academy of Sciences Penninger Josef Penninger