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 several groups are 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, several Group leaders are elected EMBO members or were appointed EMBO Young Investigators.



Year Award Institution Person Group
2010Publication Prize for the paper: Hnisz D. 2010. PLoS Pathog.German Speaking Mycological Society (DMykG)Komnenovic Vukoslav
2011Outstanding Scientist Techology AwardAssociation of Biomolecular Resource FacilitiesMechtler Karl
2011Elected presidentAustrian Proteomics SocietyMechtler Karl
2004Science Prize for research in protein chemistryFederal state of Lower AustriaMechtler Karl
2008Outstanding ABRF Poster AwardABRF Conference at Salt Lake City, USAMechtler Karl
2009Research AwardAustrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and BiotechnologyHolzmann Johann
2009Research AwardSanofi-Aventis FoundationHolzmann Johann
2010Outstanding Scientist Technology AwardAssociation of Bimolecular Resource FacilitiesMechtler Karl
2016Selected for the Young Investigator Program (YIP)EMBOAmeres StefanAmeres
2019ERC Consolidator GrantEuropean Research CouncilAmeres StefanAmeres
2019Special Research Programmes (SFBs)Austrian Science Fund (FWF)Ameres StefanAmeres
2017DOC fellowshipOeAW - Austrian Academy of SciencesManzenreither RaphaelAmeres
2018ERC Proof of Concept GrantEuropean Research CouncilAmeres StefanAmeres
2017Life Science Call 2017 - Chemical BiologyVienna Science, Research and Technology Fund (WWTF)Ameres StefanAmeres
2015Elected Member of the "Young Academy"Austrian Academy of SciencesAmeres StefanAmeres
2018Houska-AwardB&C Private FoundationAmeres StefanAmeres
2013ERC Starting GrantEuropean Research CouncilAmeres StefanAmeres
2013START PrizeAustrian Science Fund (FWF)Ameres StefanAmeres
2014Career Development AwardInternational Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSP)Bell OliverBell
2013OeAW Impulse Program AwardNew Frontiers GroupBell OliverBell