Research at TU Wien - From Basic Research to Applications
In order to successfully position itself in an internationally competitive field and develop its research
activity profile, TU Wien set out five research focal areas as part of the 2010+ development plan, building upon existing strengths and skills: Computational Science and Engineering, Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies, Materials and Matter, Information and Communication Technology and Energy + Environment.
Within these specialist fields, TU Wien is constantly striving to further develop the spectrum covered by its research. On this basis, the "TU research matrix" has been developed as part of a joint effort with in-house researchers for the 2013+ development plan. For this, the TU's research focal areas were defined along with the six to eight cross-faculty, predominantly interdisciplinary "TU fields of research", which encompass the skills within the TU's research expertise on which the scientific profile in the 2013+ development plan is based.
Analysis of the TU's research achievements (third-party funds, publications) in correlation with the
research profiles of the scientists has shown that around 80 per cent of these achievements are in research fields falling under TU Wien's key areas of research. In order to give visibility to and be able to evaluate and define research projects which provide evidence of the relevant achievements and are grouped by specialist subject, but which lie outside of TU Wien's five key areas of research, four "Additional Fields of Research" have been added to the 2013+ TU research matrix. These four fields cover the relevant areas of development within the arts and basic mathematical and mathematical economics research.
Furthermore, with TU Bio, TU Wien is providing a home base for its research activities in this area. At TU Wien, expertise on bioscientific and biotechnical activities within many fields of the TU research matrix is merged under the "umbrella" of TU Bio, and is therefore made visible not only internally, but also externally in academia and business, as well to funding bodies in the form of interdisciplinary material.
The success achieved based on "Resource TU Wien" is plain to see: regular participation in Austrian Science Fund (FWF) excellence programmes (special research areas, doctoral programmes and National Research Networks), more than twenty START award winners, several Wittgenstein award winners, 14 recipients of ERC grants and main Houska award winners. The latter is awarded by the B&C Privatstiftung for applied research projects implemented with industry partners.
TU Wien is the leading Austrian university in terms of Christian Doppler laboratories (13 fully-certified laboratories based on current 2014 figures), in terms of Austrian patents awarded and in terms of EU schemes. This success shows that TU Wien is making an outstanding contribution to innovations all the way along the value chain, from basic research to the translation of this into applied research, right through to application. TU Wien is defined by the excellence of its researchers in the areas of expertise covered by the TU's research focal areas: this ensures that we have the very best conditions in which to continue the success story that is TU Wien.