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TU Graz Internal Funding Programmes and Prizes

Initial Funding Programme

Competitive Initial Funding Programme

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 11th 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 2020 are particularly welcome. 

Documents for Submission

Send the completed documents by email to foenoSpam@tugraz.at by 20 May 2019.

Please note: 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.

Initial Funding for Coordinators of 2-stage H2020 Calls

Coordinators of H2020 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 H2020-calls and applications for 2-stage H2020-calls in which Graz University of Technology participates as a consortium partner (not as a coordinator), will continue to be supported through the competitive initial funding program.

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz


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

Lead Projects of TU Graz

Call for Proposals

In the context of establishing a scientific profile for TU Graz apart from the well-established five Fields of Expertise other well focused excellent fields of research should be identified and developed. Therefore, a 2nd call provided special funding for the so called lead projects.

This special funding will be available for a period of max. three years. 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).



Priv.-Doz.in Dr.in
Tel.: +43 316 873 6025

Documents for Submission of pre-applications

There is currently no call for proposals.

Research Fellowships

Call for Proposals

Every 2 years, the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy provides TU Graz with research fellowships. The Vice Rector for Research awards the funding. A research fellowship is subject to income tax. It can be applied for a maximum period of 12 months.

You can find the conditions of application in the Information and Details on Submission.



DIin (FH)
Tel.: +43 316 873 6024


Submission deadline: There is currently no call for proposals.

Send the completed application to the Vice Rector for Research at the Research & Technology House by internal post or post.

Award of Excellence

Call for Proposals

Every year, the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy 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


Submission deadline: 20th August 2019

Send the completed application form to the Vice Rector for Research at the Research & Technology House by internal post or post.


  • 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 2018/2019
  • Adherence to the average duration of study for a doctoral programme
  • Outstanding and highest scoring doctoral thesis 



WKO Research Grants


WKO-Research Grants 2018/2019

The Styrian Economic Chamber (die Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark) is funding a total of 20 ongoing Master theses with strong business references (ongoing means: begin after 1 January 2018 and not completed on 15 October 2018) with € 2,100: 7 times € 300 for each student plus € 500 for each supervising Institute. The submission with a description of the topic of the master thesis and a CV 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.


Tatjana RAJH
Phone: +43 316 873 6922


Submission deadline: 15th October 2018

Please submit the completed application form as well as a description of the project (max. 1 page), a CV, three keywords on the thesis and a photo (jpg/png) per internal mail, mail or email (colour scan of the documents) to the Research & Technology House.


  • ongoing Master thesis with a strong business reference
  • ongoing means: begin after 1 January 2018 and not completed on 15 October 2018

Nikola Tesla Medal

Call 2019

In order to honour excellent application-oriented research and to commemorate Nikola Tesla the Nikola Tesla Medal will be awarded this year for the third time to the in-house¹ person with the most granted patents within the last five years (min. 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).


¹In-house = currently employed or retired


Tatjana RAJH
Phone: +43 316 873 6922


Submission deadline: 28 April 2019

For your information 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 2014 to 31 December 2018
  • only patents in which you are named as inventor and
  • filed by external organisations.

Please send the list including titles or short descriptions of the patents and the year of granting to Mag.a 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.

Gender and Diversity Grant

Call 2017

Researchers, teaching staff and students can receive a grant for developing their knowledge of gender and diversity, for course content focussing on gender and diversity, or for academic papers and publications with relevance to gender and diversity.

5 grants are awarded, each worth € 1000.

Submission deadline: There is currently no call for proposals.

Further information: Gender and Diversity Grant 2017 (in German)


Office of the Working Group for Equal Opportunities
Mandellstraße 5/I
8010 Graz
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Phone: +43 316 873 6094

Michaela KRENN
Phone: +43 316 873 6093



Competitive Call for Research and Teaching Infrastructure of the TU Graz

1. Call

The aim of this call is to strengthen both research and teaching. Preference is given to infrastructure used by several institutes whith a coherent useage in research and teaching.

Up to 50 % of the costs of newly acquired infrastructure can be funded, with a maximum cap of 150,000 €. Applications for infrastructure with less than 50,000 € total cost are not eligible.

Complete application may be submitted until 15th September 2019 by e-mail to fthnoSpam@tugraz.at.


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



Submission deadline: 15th September 2019

Send the completed application form to fthnoSpam@tugraz.at.