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TU Graz Internal Funding Programmes and Prizes

Initial Funding Programme

21st Call for Proposals

TU Graz provides funds to support the preparation and development of promising applications for competitive funding programmes. The Vice Rector for Research will review the applications together with the Heads of the relevant Field of Expertise.

The 21st call especially addresses researchers of TU Graz who have little experience in applying for third-party funding. Applications on any topic are eligible.

Requests for the drafting of applications for Horizon Europe are particularly welcome. 

Documents for Submission

There is currently no call for proposals.

Please note: For applicants with fixed-term employment, check whether an application (e.g. for FWF) is possible due to the amendment of the UG 2021 regarding the chain contract regulation. If there are any questions regarding the chain contract regulation, please contact your Head of Institute.

For cooperation activities with the TU Darmstadt which do not focus on the preparation of a specific project proposal, the Graz University of Technology offers the call "Fördermittel Stragtegische Partnerschaften" from the International Office - Welcome Center.


DIin (FH)
Phone: +43 316 873 6024

Initial Funding for Coordinators of 2-stage Horizon Europe Calls

Coordinators of Horizon Europe (HEU) applications for 2-stage proposals that have reached the 2nd stage, receive an initial funding of € 10,000 for the preparation of the full proposal (simplified procedure).

Please submit the application form, confirmation of reaching the 2nd stage and the pre-proposal to foenoSpam@tugraz.at.

For information: Applications for single-stage HEU calls and applications for 2-stage HEU calls in which TU Graz participates as a consortium partner (not as a coordinator), will continue to be supported through the Competitive Initial Funding Programme.

Projects with Tongji University

Additional funds are available for third party funded cooperative research projects of Graz University of Technology with Tongji University:

If you are planning an application for a joint third-party funded project, you may apply for initial funding. Up to two additional grants will be awarded. For further information compare the "Guidelines Projects with Tongji".

Lead Projects of TU Graz

3rd Call for Proposals

In the context of establishing a scientific profile for TU Graz apart from the well-established five Fields of Expertise well focused excellent fields of research should be identified and developed. Therefore, a 3rd call provides special funding for “Lead Projects”.

This special funding will be available for a period of max. three years (starting 2023). Extension of funding for a Lead Project is possible only once for another three years if the project is positively evaluated. 


The selection of Lead Projects will be a two-stage process. In stage one (pre-application) the Rectorate will choose the most promising projects. The consortia on this shortlist will be invited to submit a full application and present their project to an external jury (hearing).


Thomas TRINK
Mag., MSc.
Tel.: +43 316 873 6927

Documents for Submission of pre-applications

There is currently no call for proposals.

Award of Excellence

Call for Proposals

Every year, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research awards prizes for outstanding doctoral theses at Austrian universities. Every academic year, the 40 best graduates of doctoral programmes in Austria are awarded the “Award of Excellence” worth € 3.000,--. This prize aims to recognise the achievements of young scientists and draws the public’s attention to their work.

Three prizes are to be awarded at TU Graz.


Phone: +43 316 873 6923


Deadline: September 11, 2024

Please send the application and the attachments by internal post/post to Mag. Stevanecz-Lausch (Research & Technology House) or per e-mail: ft-hausnoSpam@tugraz.at


  • Austrian citizenship or citizenship of a country in the European Economic Area as well as third country nationals with an equal status and stateless persons in accordance with § 4 StudFG (Studienförderungsgesetz).
  • Doctoral degree completed in the academic year 2023/2024
  • Adherence to the average duration of study for a doctoral programme
  • Outstanding and highest scoring doctoral thesis 

WKO Research Grants

WKO-Research Grants 2023/2024

The Styrian Economic Chamber (die Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark) is funding a total of 22 ongoing or completed master theses with strong business references (started in the academic year 2022/2023) with € 2.600: six times € 350 for each student plus € 500 for the supervising Institute (if there are several institutes, the amount will be divided).

The submission is effected in the way of the supervising tutor. The applications will be collected by the Research & Technology House and forwarded to the Styrian Economic Chamber by the Vice Rector for Research.

An expert jury will decide on the awarding of the scholarships in December 2023.


Phone: +43 316 873 6032


There is currently no call for proposals.

Please submit per internal mail/mail to Uta Grabner (Research & Technology House) or email (colour scan of the documents) to ft-hausnoSpam@tugraz.at:

  • completed application form
    (incl. the applicant's declaration of consent, the supervisor's declaration of support and, if applicable, the cooperation partner's declaration of support)
  • description of the project (max. 1 page)
  • CV
  • photo (jpg/png)

Application form WKO Research Grant 2023/2024


  • Master thesis with a strong business reference
  • started in the academic year 2022/2023, ongoing or completed

Nikola Tesla Medal

Call 2023

In order to honour excellent application-oriented research and to commemorate Nikola Tesla the Nikola Tesla Medal will be awarded this year for the fourth time to the TU Graz researcher (currently employed or retired) with the most granted patents within the last five years (minimum of 5 granted patents).

This medal will be awarded biennially and one inventor may be awarded only once (according to the Statute of TU Graz).


Tatjana RAJH
Phone: +43 316 873 6922


There is currently no call for proposals.

For your information please find a list of all the granted patents of the TU Graz.

We kindly ask all interested inventors to name all additional GRANTED patents to the Research & Technology House:

  • period: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022
  • only patents in which you are named as inventor and
  • filed by external organisations.

Please send the list including titles or short descriptions and the year of granting the regarding patents to Tatjana Rajh (rajhnoSpam@tugraz.at).

A nomination of the Rectorate will be passed on to the Honours Committee of the Senate.


The official awarding ceremony will be included in the honouring of inventors of the Graz Universities on 15 November 2023.

Competitive Call for Research and Teaching Infrastructure of the TU Graz

1. Competitive Call for Research Infrastructure

The aim of this call is to strengthen research at TU Graz. Preference is given to research infrastructure used by several institutes.

Up to 50 % of the costs of newly acquired infrastructure can be funded, with a maximum cap of 250,000 €. Applications for research infrastructure with less than 50,000 € total cost are not eligible.

Submission deadline: There is currently no call for proposals.

Send the completed application form to ft-hausnoSpam@tugraz.at


Thomas TRINK
Mag., MSc.
Tel.: +43 316 873 6927

1. Competitive Call for Teaching Infrastructure

The aim of this call is to strengthen teaching at TU Graz. Preference is given to teaching infrastructure used by several institutes.

80 % of the costs of newly acquired teaching infrastructure or comparable funds can be funded, with self-financing of 20 % of the costs provided.

Submission deadline: There is currently no call for proposals.

Send the completed application form to ft-hausnoSpam@tugraz.at