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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
2010 Publication Prize for the paper: Hnisz D. 2010. PLoS Pathog. German Speaking Mycological Society (DMykG) Komnenovic Vukoslav
2010 Outstanding Scientist Technology Award Association of Bimolecular Resource Facilities Mechtler Karl
2011 Outstanding Scientist Techology Award Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Mechtler Karl
2009 Research Award Sanofi-Aventis Foundation Holzmann Johann
2004 Science Prize for research in protein chemistry Federal state of Lower Austria Mechtler Karl
2011 Elected president Austrian Proteomics Society Mechtler Karl
2009 Research Award Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology Holzmann Johann
2008 Outstanding ABRF Poster Award ABRF Conference at Salt Lake City, USA Mechtler Karl
2016 Selected for the Young Investigator Program (YIP) EMBO Ameres Stefan Ameres
2013 ERC Starting Grant European Research Council Ameres Stefan Ameres
2018 Houska-Award B&C Private Foundation Ameres Stefan Ameres
2017 Life Science Call 2017 - Chemical Biology Vienna Science, Research and Technology Fund (WWTF) Ameres Stefan Ameres
2018 ERC Proof of Concept Grant European Research Council Ameres Stefan Ameres
2013 START Prize Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Ameres Stefan Ameres
2019 Special Research Programmes (SFBs) Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Ameres Stefan Ameres
2019 ERC Consolidator Grant European Research Council Ameres Stefan Ameres
2015 Elected Member of the "Young Academy" Austrian Academy of Sciences Ameres Stefan Ameres
2017 DOC fellowship OeAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences Manzenreither Raphael Ameres
2013 OeAW Impulse Program Award New Frontiers Group Bell Oliver Bell
2014 Career Development Award International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSP) Bell Oliver Bell