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
2002Elected MemberEMBOKnoblich JürgenKnoblich
2004The Harold Copp Lecture, VancouverCanadian Institutes of Health Research and the Wolfe & Gita Churg FoundationPenninger JosefPenninger
2004PhD Thesis AwardAustrian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyBetschinger JörgKnoblich
2004Elected MemberEMBODickson BarryDickson
2004Science Prize for research in protein chemistryFederal state of Lower AustriaMechtler Karl
2004Elected Austrian Scientist of the Year 2003Penninger JosefPenninger
2004Honorary ProfessorUniversity of ViennaPenninger JosefPenninger
2004Kennedy Visiting Professor, LondonPenninger JosefPenninger
2004Elected as Full MemberGerman Academy of Sciences LeopoldinaPenninger JosefPenninger
2004Austria'04 AwardPenninger JosefPenninger
2004The Koy LectureTrinity College TorontoPenninger JosefPenninger
2004Honorary ProfessorPeking Union Medical CollegePenninger JosefPenninger
2004MemberNew York Academy of SciencesPenninger JosefPenninger
2005VBC PhD AwardVienna BiocenterBetschinger JörgKnoblich
2005Wittgenstein PrizeAustrian GovernmentDickson BarryDickson
2005Nominated a Young Global LeaderWorld Economic ForumPenninger JosefPenninger
2006Annual AwardAustrian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyHutterer AndreaKnoblich
2006Prize for the Promotion of ScienceCity of ViennaMeixner ArabellaPenninger
2007Elected into the Young Investigator ProgrammeEMBOMartinez JavierMartinez
2007BioRad European RNAi Research AwardMartinez JavierMartinez