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  • Apply to BoB 2014/2015

    The best of Biotech has sent a call for applications. Of the two program phases, best business ideas and best business plans, the best programs will be awarded up to 15,000 Euros. Students, post-graduates, experienced scientists and other creative individuals interested in life science innovation are invited to submit a business idea and a professional business plan. Contestants who wish to participate only in phase 2 of the competition are welcome submit their business plans between November 28th, 2014 and February 13th, 2015.


  • IMBA Director Josef Penninger Wins the Wittgenstein Award 2014

    Josef Penninger, Scientific Director at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, received this year's Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Federal Government. With 1.5 million euros, this is the highest endowment award for scientists in Austria. The geneticist was honored for his scientific achievements in the fields of biomedicine and disease research.

  • Fulbright Call for Applications: Deadline August 1, 2014

    Fulbright Call for Applications for 2015-16 are now open.  Up to 24 grants, including one research grant, multiple teaching grants with research options, one Distinguished Chair teaching award, and one artist-in-residence award will be available for U.S. scholars interested in research in Austria. Detailed information on these grants, which cover almost all academic disciplines, is available here. The application deadline for the academic year 2015-16 is August 1, 2014.


  • Bridges Vol. 39

    Bridges Volume 39 - now online! Click here to see the newest issue of Bridges, the OSTA's Online Magazine on Science & Technology Policy.

  • UNI Graz Alumni Chapter Opening, Washington DC

    On April 28th an Alumni chapter in Washington DC for the University of Graz held its opening ceremony at Embassy of Austria. The new chapter head and Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy, Sigurd Pacher, welcomed the alumni and expressed a hopeful outlook for the future of the chapter. Other speakers included Dr. Christa Neuper, Rector of the University of Graz and Dr. Peter Riedler, Vice Rector of the University of Graz. Dr. Hans Peter Manz, Ambassador to the United States at the Embassy of Austria was also in attendance.


  • Austrian Research & Innovation Talk 2014

    The next Austrian Research and Innovation Talk for US and Canada-based Austrian scientists and innovators will take place on October 11, 2014 in Boston, MA. The conference provides participants with an opportunity to learn about recent R&D policy developments in Austria, career and funding opportunities, and facilitate the establishment of research collaborations between North America and Austria. The conference will also provide a platform for discussion, interaction and an opportunity for networking. For a look at the full details, visit our event page here


  • Invitation to Austria's Scientist of the Year Lecture

    Environmental historian Verena Winiwarter received the Austrian Scientist of the Year Award for 2014 and became the first in her field to given this honor. Join us on October 27 as she discusses her research on the Danube River and how the mistakes of environmental history can be turned into lessons for a sustainable future.


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The Office of Science and Technology Austria
ost events"Bridging research and innovation between Austria and North America" is the mission of the Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC.
Our core competences are:
  • Expanding and maintaining RINA- an interdisciplinary network of Austrian researchers, R&D managers, and S&T policy experts in North America
  • Consulting and providing information - mainly via the OSTA's online quarterly Bridges -  on Austrian and North American science, research, and innovation policy
  • Providing support and advice for initiation of new R&D cooperation between Austrian and North American institutions
OSTA is the strategic interface in the science, research, and innovation policy between Austria and North America. Established in 2001, OSTA is an inter-ministerial initiative of the Austrian federal ministries BMEIA, BMWFW and BMVIT.