Call for Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes (LBI)

The aim is to establish two LBIs in health sciences.

Excellent research in the field of Health Sciences

Health Sciences is an umbrella term for all disciplines concerned with health and is broad in LBG’s interpretation. The health sciences cover the spectrum from medical research to health system research, and from basic research to implementation. The focus is on human health, taking into account real factors of influence – such as the health system, the environment, the world of work or communication. Building on classic areas such as biostatistics, epidemiology, immunology, infectiology, metabolism, pharmacology, nutritional and behavioural sciences, etc., cross-cutting topics such as prevention, rehabilitation, environmental medicine or public health are also to be addressed.

Scientific excellence and translational research

A guiding principle is the focus on “People, not projects”.  The focus is on excellent scientists (Institute Directors) who are able to generate new questions and carry out their research permanently at a high level of quality. Scientific excellence should also be demonstrated by the proposed research project of the LBI through its combination of subject matter, personnel, ambition and scientific approach. The proposed research should address important challenges, have ambitious goals and go beyond the state-of-the-art (e.g. novel concepts and approaches or developments between or across disciplines). At the latest by the end of the term of an LBI, the results of the excellent research should reach an application or uptake in society.


Research in LBIs is conducted in a partnership between, on the one hand, traditionally research-performing organisations (universities, private universities, non-university research organisations, etc.) and, on the other hand, traditionally research-applying organisations (“application partners” such as companies, public administration, medical and social care institutions, insurance companies, interest groups and umbrella organisations, NGOs, charitable institutions, etc.).

Important dates and information

  • 1 February 2023: Publication of the call
  • 28 March 2023: Second webinar for applicants
  • 2 May 2023: Deadline for submissions
  • Beginning of September 2023: Hearing

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