This SFB is committed to support participating early-stage researchers to advance their careers in full consideration of their abilities and preferences. They will participate in an interactive and collaborative research team that is well embedded in an international network and aims to provide an inspiring academic environment and to encourage curiosity-driven research. Monthly seminars attended by all PIs will provide the platform for early-stage researchers to present and discuss their progress and will offer a forum for lively discussions of future prospects and new directions. In addition, young scientists will have the opportunity to acquire experience, techniques and concepts outside their own working groups

Over the last decade, members of the SFB JakStat (TD, RM, MM, VS, BS) have successfully mentored over 100 students to complete >45 BSc/MSc and > 55 PhD theses. The national and international cooperations established and intensified during the ten years of the SFB JakStat programme will continue to support the careers of participating early-stage researchers past and present.

Each PhD student will be supported by a PhD committee containing at least one member outside the host institution. The students will be expected to complete a PhD curriculum including lectures, courses and training in soft skills to ensure a balanced and well rounded education.

The participating institutions have established quality-controlled PhD programmes that fully comply with international standards. This includes extensive measures to ensure gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting, social permeability and a family-friendly work structure. The Vetmeduni is highly unusual in that the vast majority (typically over 80%) of its students are female. Women are generally overrepresented on the campus. The Vetmeduni has an on-site crèche and a number of other measures to support staff members with families. Its efforts have been recognized by the award of the certificate ‘University and Family’. In addition, all consortium members are also participating in national FWF-funded programmes or international research projects that include quality-controlled education of young scientists.


Thomas Krausgruber receives the Karl Landsteiner Award for Immunological Basic Research of the Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology (ÖGAI, handed over at the Virtual Congress Day December 4th 2020.

The Award Committee of the ÖGAI supported by international reviewers selected Thomas Krausgruber from Christoph Bock’s lab for his work and widely recognized publication in Nature entitled ‘Structural cells are key regulators of organ-specific immune responses’ ( which was supported by funding of the FWF for the SFB. The award in the amount of 4000€ is donated by the Karl Landsteiner & Eisler-Terramare Foundation – Memorial Private Foundation.