Awards and honors are an important metric for measuring research excellence. The most prestigious grants for basic science on the European level are awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). Set up in 2007 by the European Union, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organization for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age.

Selected recent awards and distinctions for faculty members of IST Austria:

ERC Advanced Grant: Nick Barton (2009), Tom Henzinger (2010), Peter Jonas (2010), Laszlo Erdös (2013), Tamas Hausel (2013), Peter Jonas (2016), Ryuichi Shigemoto (2016), Robert Seiringer (2016), Carl-Philipp Heisenberg (2017), Jiři Friml (2017)
ERC Consolidator Grant: Vladimir Kolmogorov (2013), Jonathan P. Bollback (2015), Krzysztof Pietrzak (2015), Michael Sixt (2016), Simon Hippenmeyer (2016)
ERC Starting Grant: Eva Benková (2007), Sylvia Cremer (2009), Krzysztof Pietrzak (2010), Krishnendu Chatterjee (2011), Jozsef Csicsvari (2011), Michael Sixt (2011), Jiří Friml (2011), Christoph Lampert (2012), Björn Hof (2012), Georgios Katasaros (2013), Chris Wojtan (2014), Fyodor Kondrashov (2014), Martin Loose (2015), Anna Kicheva (2015), Bernd Bickel (2016), Jan Maas (2016), Gaia Novarino (2016), Beatriz Vicoso (2016), Sandra Siegert (2016)
ERC Proof of Concept Grant: Björn Hof (2016)

EMBO Gold Medal: Jiří Friml (2012)
Mega Grant by the Russian Government: Herbert Edelsbrunner (2011-2013)
Wittgenstein Award: Tom Henzinger (2012), Peter Jonas (2016)
Erwin Schrödinger Prize: Nick Barton (2013)
START Award: Michael Sixt (2011), Georgios Katsaros (2013), Caroline Uhler (2015)
HFSP Grant: Calin Guet (2011), Michael Sixt (2011), Gašper Tkačik (2012), Harald Janovjak (2012), Simon Hippenmeyer (2014)
Körber European Science Award: Jiří Friml (2010)
Leonard Eisenbud Prize: Laszlo Erdös (2017)
ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award: Chris Wojtan (2016), Bernd Bickel (2017)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship: Tom Henzinger (2013)
European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) Fellowship: Herbert Edelsbrunner (2014), Thomas Henzinger (2015)
Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship: Krishnendu Chatterjee (2011)
Darwin-Wallace Medal: Nick Barton (2009)
Mendel Medal: Nick Barton (2013)
Milner Award: Tom Henzinger (2015)

EMBO Membership: Jiri Friml (2010), Nick Barton (2014), Michael Sixt (2014), Carl-Philipp Heisenberg (2016)
Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW): Tom Henzinger (2011), Herbert Edelsbrunner (2014), Laszlo Erdös (2015)
Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina: Peter Jonas (2001), Tom Henzinger (2005), Herbert Edelsbrunner (2008), Carl-Philipp Heisenberg (2015)
Member of the Junge Akademie (Germany): Sylvia Cremer (2008)
Member of the Junge Kurie (Austria): Sylvia Cremer (2011), Michael Sixt (2013), Christoph Lampert (2013), Jiří Friml (2014), Georgios Katsaros (2015)
Member of the Academia Europaea: Tom Henzinger (2006), Herbert Edelsbrunner (2009), Peter Jonas (2015), Laszlo Erdös (2015)
Fellow of Royal Society of London: Nick Barton (1994)
Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh: Nick Barton (1995)

ISI Highly Cited Scientist: Nick Barton, Eva Benkova, Herbert Edelsbrunner, Jiri Friml, Tom Henzinger, Ryuichi Shigemoto