Scientific issues are increasingly encompassing subject areas that go beyond the limits of scientific disciplines as well as the limits between institutions, hence demanding interdisciplinary research.

In order to approach this development, the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have provided a start-up financing of 1,3 million Euros for joint research clusters with especially innovative, interdisciplinary and translational research projects. These research projects should open new horizons and bridge the gaps between basic research and patient-oriented research (“bench-to-bedside”).After a competitive selection process based on international expert assessment, the Rectorates of both universities decided upon the sponsorship of six research clusters, which have been set for a duration of three years.The aim of this measure is to achieve self-financing arrangements with third-party funding (e.g. FWF, FFG, EU) after this initial 3-year period.

Roland Beisteiner, MedUni Vienna, Department of Neurology and Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences: "Shared Neural Resources for Music and Language: Verifi-cation and Clinical Exploitation". 

Claus Lamm, University of Vienna, Faculty od Psychology and Rupert Lanzenberger, MedUni Vienna, Department of Psychiatry und Psychotherapy: "Multimodal Neuroimaging in clinical Neurosciences: Assessment of neurobiological markers for psychiatric disorders". 

Arndt von Haeseler, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, (University of Vienna/MedUni Vienna)and Sylvia Knapp, MedUni Vienna, Department of Medicine 1: "Microbial Infections & Host Immune Response". 

Michael Binder, MedUni Vienna, Department of Dermatology and Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, University of Vienna, Faculty of Computer Science: "Analyzing Health Data for the Evolution of Patient Treatment Processes – Pilot Project Skin Cancer". 

Christoph Gasche, MedUni Vienna, Department of Medicine 3 and Pavel Kovarik, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna: "Role of dysbalanced mRNA stability in the development of inflammation-associated colorectal cancer."

Thomas Erker, University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences and Ulrich Jäger, MedUni Vienna, Department of Medicine 1: "Chalcones and hematological malignancies – a model for the development of a drug optimisation platform in malignant diseases". 

Rector Engl (University of Vienna):

“The achievement of common goals in this co-operation strengthens both the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. The incorporation of scientists from both institutions and the joint use of research infrastructures shall enhance the development of new research projects and stimulate translational research at the site of Vienna.”

Rector emeritus Schütz (MedUni Vienna):

“These clusters, which have been established based on competitive peer-review processes, are best-practice models for autonomous inter-university cooperation.  As “seed projects”, they should especially set the ground for new professional opportunities for young talented scientists”