Research at the University of Vienna

The University of Vienna is a research university enjoying high international visibility. Its profile reflects the characteristics of the area it is located in, and understands research as a global challenge.


about 10,000

including approximately 7,400 academic staff

Staff & unit directory

Faculties & centres


including 15 faculties and 5 centres representing the University's academic units

Faculties & centres

Research platforms


to promote especially innovative interdisciplinary research projects

Research platforms

New since 1365

the billboard "Gehirnschmalz. Seit 1365" in front of the Main Building

The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365. Today, 7,400 researchers conduct basic and applied research at the 15 faculties and 5 centres of the University of Vienna, thus tackling present and future challenges.

History of the University of Vienna


a botanical researcher working in the lab

The vast array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research at the University of Vienna includes theology, law, business, economics and statistics, computer science, historical and philological studies, social sciences, psychology, life sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, sport science and teacher education.

Faculties & centres

Interdisciplinary research platforms

Research excellence

researcher working in the lab

The University of Vienna's vision is to become one of the leading research universities in Europe. In 2020 the University of Vienna raised funding revenues of about EUR 80 million. At the University of Vienna more than 80 ERC grant holders are conducting research. 

Research Newsletter (in German)




front view of the Main Building with several different flags

The University of Vienna supports their researchers' mobility and is an attractive destination for international researchers: In 2017, 77 per cent of our new professors are appointed from international universities. Each semester the University of Vienna welcomes numerous guest scientists.

New professors (uni:view Magazin) (in German)

International Report 2020 (PDF)

Research-led teaching

a tutor giving a lecture

With its 6,900 academics, more than 400 of whom are professors, the University of Vienna is the largest research and educational institution in Austria.The principle of research-led teaching is embedded in the curriculum of all degree programmes by our teaching staff that impart knowledge about latest research findings in their courses.

Research news (uni:view Magazin) (in German)

UNIVIE Teaching Award

Career development

students in front of pictures of famous scientists

Creative junior researchers are crucial for the development of research at the University of Vienna. They stimulate academic innovation. The University takes appropriate measures to support early stage researchers and the career progression of women.

uni:docs-fellowship programme

Career development for women

University in the city centre

aerial view on the Main Building

With its Main Building on Universitätsring and the University’s Campus in Vienna’s ninth district, the University of Vienna is fortunate to be right in the city centre. This location facilitates exchange between researchers, teaching staff and Vienna’s population. Additionally, the University of Vienna has 70 locations that shape Vienna’s cityscape.

Locations of the University of Vienna

Main Building, maps & floor plans