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The Start-Preis is the highest Austrian award for young scientists.

Austria Federal republic in Central Europe

Austria, formal name: the Republic of Austria, is a country in Central Europe comprising nine federated states. Its capital, largest city and one of nine states is Vienna. Austria has an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi), a population of nearly nine million people and a nominal GDP of $477 billion. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The terrain is landlocked and highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other regional languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

Scientist Person that studies a science

A scientist is someone who conducts scientific research to advance knowledge in an area of interest.


It is awarded once per year by the Austrian Science Fund on behalf of the Austrian Ministry for Science. It is endowed with up to 1.2 million Euro for a proposed research project for six years.

The Austrian Science Fund is the most important Austrian funding organization for basic research. The FWF supports research in science, engineering, and the humanities through a large variety of grant programmes, prizes and by funding infrastructure. The self-governed organization is based in Vienna and financed by the Austrian federal government.

The recipients are selected by an international jury of experts. The same jury also selects the recipients of the related Wittgenstein-Preis.


1996: Christian Koeberl, Ferenc Krausz, Ulrich Schmid, Peter Szmolyan, Karl Unterrainer, Harald Weinfurter, Gerhard J. Woeginger, Jakob Woisetschläger

Ferenc Krausz Austrian-Hungarian laser physicist

Ferenc Krausz is a Hungarian-Austrian physicist, whose research team has generated and measured the first attosecond light pulse and used it for capturing electrons’ motion inside atoms, marking the birth of attophysics.

Gerhard J. Woeginger Austrian mathematician

Gerhard J. Woeginger is an Austrian mathematician and computer scientist who works in Germany as a professor at RWTH Aachen University, where he chairs the algorithms and complexity group in the department of computer science.

1997: Gerhard Holzapfel, Bernhard Palme, Michael Schmid

1998: Peter Grabner, Gottfried Kirchengast, Rudolf Valenta, Gerhard Widmer

1999: Christoph Marschner, Norbert Mauser, Otmar Scherzer, Thomas Schrefl, Christoph Spötl, Joseph Strauss

Thomas Schrefl is an Austrian physicist. Currently he is Professor of Communications & Simulation Engineering at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Between 2004 and 2008 he was Professor of Functional Materials at the University of Sheffield. From 2000 to 2006, he led the micromagnetism group at the Vienna University of Technology. In 2005, Dr. Schrefl delivered the Wohlfarth memorial lecture. His research interests include micromagnetic simulations, intelligent materials such as nano-sensors, high frequency oscillators, and atomic trap devices for medical applications.

2000: Thomas Brabec, Susanne Kalss, Dietrich Leibfried, Herbert Strobl, Bernhard Tilg

2001: Markus Arndt, Michael Buchmeiser, Wolfgang Drexler, Wilfried Ellmeier, Clemens Sedmak

2002: Wolfgang Heiss, Michael Jursa, Georg Schett, Dieter Schmalstieg, Joachim Schöberl

2003: Georg Kresse, Hanns-Christoph Nägerl, Andreas Villunger

2004: Thomas Bachner, Michael Kunzinger, Vassil Palankovski, Thomas Prohaska, Gerhard Schütz

2005: Michael Hintermüller, Matthias Horn, Andrea Lusser, Michael Moser, Norbert Zimmermann

2006: Hartmut Häffner, Norbert Polacek, Piet Schmidt, Josef Teichmann, Gerald Teschl

Josef Teichmann is an Austrian mathematician and professor at ETH Zürich working on mathematical finance.

Gerald Teschl Austrian mathematician

Gerald Teschl is an Austrian mathematical physicist and professor of mathematics. He works in the area of mathematical physics; in particular direct and inverse spectral theory with application to completely integrable partial differential equations.

2007: Kathrin Breuker, Thomas Bugnyar, Otfried Gühne, Bernhard Lamel, Thomas Lörting, Paul Mayrhofer, Sigrid Wadauer, Thomas Wallnig

2008: Markus Aspelmeyer, Tom J. Battin, Massimo Fornasier, Daniel Grumiller, Alexander Kendl, Karel Riha, Kristin Tessmar-Raible, Christina Waldsich

2009: Francesca Ferlaino, Ilse Fischer, Arthur Kaser, Manuel Kauers, Thorsten Schumm, David Teis

2010: Julius Brennecke, Barbara Horejs, Barbara Kraus, Melanie Malzahn, Florian Schreck, Bojan Zagrovic

2011: Peter Balazs, Agata Ciabattoni, Sebastian Diehl, Alwin Köhler, Thomas Müller, Peter Rabl, Michael Sixt, Philip Walther

2012: Julia Budka, Kaan Boztug, Alexander Dammermann, Jürgen Hauer, Michael Kirchler, Sofia Kantorovich, Michael Kirchler, Franz Schuster

2013: Stefan L. Ameres, Notburga Gierlinger, Clemens Heitzinger, Georgios Katsaros, David A. Keays, Ovidiu Paun, Thomas Pock, Paolo Sartori, Stefan Woltran

2014: Bettina Bader, Mathias Beiglböck, Karin Schnass, René Thiemann, Sigrid Neuhauser, Alexander Grüneis, Markus Aichhorn, Manuel Schabus

2015: Christoph Aistleitner, Ivona Brandić, Marcus Huber, Peter Lanyon, Gareth Parkinson, Rupert Seidl, Kristina Stöckl, Caroline Uhler

2016: Christopher Campbell, Felix Höflmayer, Nikolai Kiesel, Tracy Northup, Michael Eichmair, Harald Grobner [1]

2017: Hannes Fellner, Claudine Kraft, Wolfgang Lechner, Vera Fischer, Miriam Unterlass, Andrea Pauli

2018: Emanuela Bianchi, Josef Norbert Füssl, Philipp Haslinger, Oliver Hofmann, Robert R. Junker, Gina Elaine Moseley

2019: Moritz Brehm, Christa Cuchiero, Bruno de Nicola, Christoph Gammer, José Luis Romero, Richard Wilhelm [2]

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