Title: Funding Programme


The CRG is Austria’s first funding programme in the field of non-commercial disease- and patient-oriented (translational), consortium-based clinical research.

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The Call

Call Clinical Research Groups 2022/23

The Call is closed.

Forty-four proposals were submitted by the Short Proposal deadline. After evaluation by the international scientific expert commission, 8 groups were invited to the submit Full Proposals as well as to present their proposed projects to the scientific expert commission. The funded groups will be presented by Bundesminister Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek during a press conference on 27th September 2023.

Next Call for applications

The next round of applications is scheduled for June 2024. Updated  documents will be published at that time.

Funding and implementation

Scientific Remit

This first call for proposals for LBG Clinical Research Groups (CRG) aims to support larger collaborative research programmes with a strong focus on patient-oriented, medically important topics in the field of non-commercial clinic research. CRG supports the development of innovative research results in disease- or patient-oriented investigator-driven clinical studies with the possibility of integration of translational aspects. Simultaneously, the programme aims to promote high-quality scientific training of young clinical researchers within the framework of a clinical research group by means of research programme.

A coherent research programme should be presented that is structured into work packages or sub-projects, and meets the following criteria:

  • be innovative and of high quality in the field of disease and patient-oriented research, and develop diagnostic and/or therapeutic methods,
  • at least 50% of the proposed work must be carried out at medical universities/faculties,
  • present investigator-initiated clinical trials (phase I-III) or other non-commercial clinical studies in combination with clinical pilot or accompanying studies (observational, longitudinal studies, epidemiological studies, biobanking, biomarker studies, patient outcome studies, proof of concept studies, etc.),
  • meet the standards of good clinical practice,
  • demonstrate an interdisciplinary, synergistic collaborative attitude between clinical and non-clinical team members,
  • promote career development of young researchers/clinicians and address gender equality issues.


The main applicant of a CRG, the Lead Institution, must be an Austrian medical university/faculty with an affiliated university hospital.

The Lead Institution is asked to team up with one or more cooperation partners (e.g. public or private universities, universities of applied sciences, hospitals and/or non-profit academic research institutes) to form a consortium that must represent different disciplines.

CRG Composition

A CRG comprises of the following personnel:

  • one Mentor*,
  • one Head*,
  • one or more Sub-Project Manager(s), of which one or more Deputy Head(s)* have to be appointed, as well as
  • researchers and additional team members.

* employed at Lead Institution

Each CRG hosts between 5 and 15 directly funded individuals.

Funding Volume and Duration

  • Call budget of the Call 2022/23: 24 Mio Euro (16 Mio Euro from Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) and 8 Mio Euro from Fonds Zukunft Österreich)
  • Funding Call 2022/23: 0.5 – 1 Mio Euro per annum and max 90% of the total costs of the CRG, participating institutions must contribute min 10% of the total costs of the CRG in-kind
  • Duration: 4 + 4 years (after successful interim evaluation)

Selection Process

Two-stage call: Short proposals are evaluated by an international Scientific Expert Commission that will select applicants to submit full proposals. Full proposals will be peer-reviewed and applicants will subsequently attend on-site interviews with the Scientific Expert Commission.

Scientific Expert Commission

The Scientific Expert Commission provides strategic and operational support for program development and the review process. It comprises g highly distinguished international scientific experts.

Further Information and Contact

Programme Managers – Research Management and Funding

Neda Motamedi-Shad, PhD

Bettina Lengger, PhD

Email: xst@yot.np.ng

Phone: +43 (0) 1 513 27 50-45 oder -71