Research Networks

From basic research through applied research to development – TU Wien and its colleagues are collaborative partners in many different research networks, cluster and centers.

The purpose of these research collaboration agreements is to build fundamental knowledge for tackling the challenges of the future. This strengthens the individual competencies of the project partners and ensures that the Austrian university environment remains competitive.

Research Networks, Cluster and Initiatives

TU Wien as organisational body is member of serveral national and international networks, cluster and initiatives. 

  • Austrian Aeronautics lndustries Group (AAI)
  • Big Data Value Association (BDV)
  • Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC)
  • BioNano Net
  • Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA)
  • Cecam
  • Cleantech-Cluster (CTC) Oberösterreich 
  • Disaster Competence Network Austria (DCNA)
  • European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)
  • EIT Manufacturing & EIT Raw Materials
  • European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia)
  • euroCRIS
  • Heritage Science Austria
  • Ignatz Lieben Gesellschaft
  • ÖAWI (Austrian Agency for Research Integrity)
  • Vienna Bio Center Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF)
  • ...

In addition several specific memberships are conducted by institutes or research units. 

Research Collaboration 

TU Wien participates in Austrian Research Cooperation Centers, Associations and Corporations.


The Center for Technology and Society (CTS) was developed together with the University of Vienna, FH Campus Wien and FH Technikum Wien as part of the project "Zukunft Hochschule". The center realizes an inter-university as well as inter-faculty cooperation on various technical and socially relevant issues. Concrete projects and funding applications as well as divided study programmes and modules form the core of this inter- and transdisciplinary and interuniversity cooperation at the Center.

The focus is on the following projects:

  • Development of technology didactics competence
  • Development of a Vienna Research Ethics Board
  • Gender in technology
  • Innovation education in research and teaching
  • Area of Automated Decision Making and Digitization

The objective of the Hub is to host, educate, and inspire complex systems scientists, who are dedicated to make sense of Big Data in ways that are valuable for science and society. The Hub catalyzes research in a network of established scientists and the most creative, talented, and open-minded next-generation academics.
The Complexity Science Hub Vienna was founded with the vision to become the focal point of complexity science in Europe. The aim is to provide an exciting, creative environment free of  bureaucratic constraints for open-minded visionaries who are brave enough to step out of mainstream science. The Hub will be an incubator and playground for radically new ideas.

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EODC operates a virtualised, distributed earth observation (EO) data centre, providing collaborative IT infrastructure for archiving, processing, and distributing EO data.

Together with our multi-national partners from science, the public and private sectors we foster the use of satellite-derived geoinformation. Our focus ranges from scientific research to operational services in the areas of water resources and land monitoring, agricultural applications, and humanitarian aid and civil security.

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EuroCC Austria ist ein Kompetenzzentrum zur Unterstützung der Forschung und Innovation im Bereich High-Performance Computing, High-Performance Data Analytics und Künstliche Intelligenz. EuroCC Austria bietet Beratung, Schulungen, Zugang zu Software und Rechenzeit auf Supercomputern, Begleitung bei der Umsetzung akademischer und F&E Projekte sowie Unterstützung bei öffentlichem Förderwesen. Diese Services sind gratis und offen für KundInnen aus Wissenschaft, Privatwirtschaft und der öffentlichen Verwaltung., opens an external URL in a new window

GrAT is a scientific association for research and development of Appropriate Technology for developing and developed countries. Since 1986, GrAT has proposed and demonstrated conceptual and practical solutions for sustainable development.

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The topic of water and health is researched by TU Wien in close collaboration with the Medical University of Vienna at the Inter-University Cooperation Centre for Water and Health (ICC Water & Health).

Water is indeed on everybody’s lips, and its quality is of paramount importance to the health of people, animals and plants. At the heart of the scientific activities at ICC Water & Health, therefore, are innovative concepts, pioneering methods and models for inspecting water quality. New understanding forms the direct basis for effective and sustainable measures in resource management. The ICC is thus a competent partner both for public services and for business.

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INiTS is a business incubator designed to improve the rate of startup success in Vienna by helping young entrepreneurs conceive, launch and grow the next great company. During our intensive incubation program, startups receive hands-on support, resources, a network and an office space to bring them to the next level.

In 2014 INiTS was selected as one of the “Global Top 25” university incubators by the Swedish Research Initiative UBI Index. INiTS ranked as No. 11 worldwide and No. 3 in Europe.

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The Vienna Scientific Cluster Research Center (VSC RC) is a research network offering research support for the development of computer algorithms for complex scientific issues.

As part of the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC) – one of the 100 most powerful computers in the world – VSC RC involves software specialists from numerous Austrian universities. Efficiently and professionally, they make an important contribution to research projects in basic research, applied research and development.

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Austria leads the world in quantum physics, and the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ) makes a significant contribution to this position.

The central interface for quantum physics in Vienna, it was founded jointly by TU Wien, the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. For quantum physicists from Viennese research facilities, therefore, VCQ offers an efficient working platform with a unique spectrum of research which extends from fundamental quantum physics to the development of innovative quantum technologies, thereby securing the leading position of Austrian quantum physics in all fields of research and development.

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TUW Research Collaboration Units

TUW Service Units support researchers in research cooperations. 

Thea research profile of the TU defines „Computational Science and Engineering“ and „Materials and Matter“ as two strategic key field. To foster these research areas the Research Center Computational Science and Engineering has been founded in 2020. The idea behind the Center is to provide expertise in the field of computer aided materials science from the atomic (quantum) level up to engineering scales. To cover these vastly different length scales a multitude of computational tools is required. The present major expertise covers the atomic length scales and deals with simulations for new materials, both bulk and surface properties. Larger length scales are covered via collaborations with other groups at the TU.

The CMSE understands itself as a service to researchers with respective problems and questions and helps finding the optimal solution for these questions. We provide information on the optimal Computer codes and help saving both research manpower and computation costs.


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The Energy and Environment Research Coordination Centre is tackling the greatest challenge of our time: energy consumption and climate change. It is creating synergies and adding value for the participants, by networking researchers from multiple disciplines in the best possible way. Such added value might include joint research activities instead of researching in parallel, the development of innovative ideas and approaches to solutions by bringing together different elements, success in attracting third-party funding and new collaborative projects, not to mention wider publication and the creation of new doctoral programmes.

The coordination centre supports researchers in this process and within TU Wien offers a platform for the exchange of ideas across over 100 research groups from all eight faculties of the university. Externally, the centre links these research groups into collaborative partners from business, science and public administration, thereby offering them direct access to the combined expertise in TU Wien in the field of energy and the environment.

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The Innovation Incubation Center (i2c) offers bespoke activities in the field of entrepreneurship – from training and incubation programmes, start-up consultancy and lecture series through to networking events with potential investors and industry partners. At the StartAcademy, which is Austria’s only ‘boot camp’ for the commercialisation of technological ideas, scientific results are assessed in terms of their commercial utility. Commercial skills are also promoted among students by means of a supplementary study course with visiting professors from all over the world.

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JASEC coordinates scientific collaboration between all faculties of TU Wien and Japanese partner institutions, taking responsibility for all the work previously undertaken by the Key Station, which had managed the scientific exchange programme with the University of Tokyo since 1981. As well as promoting exchanges of researchers and teaching staff, JASEC also supports students from both countries under existing university partnerships.


TUW Research Collaboration Centers

Multi-Faculty Collaboration Centres’ are designed to act as the first level of cross-subject/cross-faculty collaboration among research groups at TU Wien as a springboard for research collaboration projects, , also including researchers from other universities where relevant.

University partnerships and alliances

Furthermore TU Wien is involved in international university networks and conducts alliances with other universities worldwide, both in research and in education, as well as in other areas. Information can be found at the International Office, opens in new window

Further information for TUW researchers

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