The projects will strengthen the bridge between the University of Vienna and the Medical University Vienna and will promote the transfer of basic research to patient-oriented applications.

Since this funding instrument has worked so well in the past, four new projects were selected based on a call for proposals with a competitive selection process. The four successful projects will start in 2017 and will be funded for three years. The projects will thus contribute to strengthening translational research at both Universities and in the whole Vienna region.

Roland Beisteiner, MedUni Vienna, Department of Neurology and Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Department of Cognitive Biology: "Shared and modular resources in the human brain as a basis for new therapeutic interventions."


Steffen Hering (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology) and Thierry Langer (Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry), University of Vienna and Stefan Böhm, MedUni Vienna, Center for Physiology and Pharmacolog: "Novel scaffolds for improved antiepileptic drugs."

David Berry, University of Vienna, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science and Angelika Berger, MedUni Vienna, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: "The premature gut microbiome and the influence on neonatal immunity, brain development and white matter injury - The PreMiBraIn study."

Walter Berger, MedUni Vienna, Department of Medicine I and Bernhard K. Keppler, University of Vienna, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry: "Translational Cancer Therapy Research."

Vice Rector Tyran (University of Vienna):

"The projects will strengthen  the tie between the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. They will foster translational research and thus the transfer of knowledge from the lab to the patients. Continuing  a successful funding scheme, we selected the four most promising projects based on the results of a competitive call with external peer review. The four successful projects will be funded for a duration of three years. With these projects the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna will continue to strengthen cooperative translational science in the Viennese area."

Vice Rector Fritz (MedUni Vienna):

„Based on a competitive peer-review process projects have been selected for “seedfinancing” to foster long-term research cooperations between the MedUni Vienna and the University of Vienna. These inter-university projects will not only strengthen the bridge between basic research and patient-oriented research but also our main research areas Imaging, Immunology, Neurosciences and Oncology“