The Elisabeth Lutz Award is given for outstanding applied research in the field of bio or life sciences, especially for new findings or innovative research approaches that could help develop new therapeutic methods.

Applications are invited from scientists who received their doctorate no longer than 8 years ago and are working at an Austrian university or an Austrian non-university research institution and have already gained attention for outstanding achievements.

Applications must come directly from the candidates themselves – nominations are not accepted.

Selection is performed by an awards committee appointed by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and follows an international peer review process.

Prize money: 15.000 Euros
A third of the prize money goes to the researcher, a third to the department/institute and a third to the host institution. The department/institute and host institution are expected to plough their share back into research projects.


Application documents (in English):

  1. Application documents:
    1. Letter of application, including an outline of the applicant’s own research achievements with regard to the state of the art in the specialist area (length: 2 pages max.)
    2. Tabular CV including a list of publications
    3. Brief description of the type and extent of the applicant’s  contribution to these selected publications
    4. Reference from the head of the applicant’s institute
  2. Publications
    1. Selection of no more than three of the applicant’s most important publications (three PDF files)

Upload via online form


The completed documents are to be uploaded via the online form.

Fill in the online form and upload the documents as a total of 4 PDF files.

The individual files may not exceed 10 MB.

Afterwards, you will receive a document that you will have to print and sign. Return a scan of the signed form in PDF format (single file) as an attachment to a reply to the received email (click reply button). IMPORTANT: The default subject and recipient must not be changed.


Upon receipt of your application, we will check that it is complete and meets the formal criteria and it will then be entered into the database of the Department of Fellowships and Awards.

Once the application has been checked for completeness, the applicant will receive confirmation by email.


Research Areas
Bio and Life Sciences

Value of the Award
15.000,- Euro

Next call: May 15, 2024