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Research at IMC Krems

Research gives rise to innovations and creates value for people, society and the economy.

This is especially true of research projects at universities of applied sciences, as our research is primarily application-driven, with support from business and industry.


IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems carries out applied research in the core subject areas of business, health and life sciences in collaboration with companies and other organisations.

The university develops innovative solutions and brings high-potential products and processes to market.

Our research-led teaching, application-driven research and groundbreaking expertise benefit both the economy and society as a whole.

IMC Krems is recognised in Austria and abroad as a high-profile research partner with a strong reputation. It collaborates with businesses of all sizes – from SMEs to major companies – as well as tertiary education institutions, public bodies and other organisations.

The university carries out one-off projects for companies, as well as multi-year research programmes financed by the Province of Lower Austria, the Austrian federal government and the EU. Research projects at IMC Krems are characterised by collaboration with all partners at every stage – from defining the focus of research questions to providing the relevant stakeholders with information on research findings.

The diversity of the research projects carried out by the departments of Business, Health and Life Sciences ensures that there is enormous scope for interdisciplinary research. Their projects and findings generate economic, medical, pharmaceutical, technical and social benefits. These research activities also give rise to pioneering innovations that bring about changes in industry and society.

The university works closely with businesses and organisations to ensure that knowledge from the various fields of research feeds into day-to-day practice, and vice versa. Our researchers aim to integrate research findings into their teaching. Partnerships with research institutes and business partners in Austria and abroad, coupled with our lecturers’ contacts with decision-makers and research groups at other universities enables IMC Krems to attract teaching staff for specialised courses, and also ensures that course contents are constantly up to date.

IMC Krems students are closely involved in application-driven research projects, and can write their bachelor or master thesis on a practical, topical subject related to the university’s key research areas. Research-led teaching helps students to develop the skills required to handle day-to-day professional challenges. Our effectiveness in equipping students for their careers is reflected in outstanding levels of student satisfaction and strong demand from our research and business partners for IMC Krems graduates.

With 148 partner institutions worldwide, IMC Krems is widely regarded as one of Austria’s most international universities of applied sciences. This cross-border focus and our expertise have a positive impact on the university’s research activities. Increasing numbers of international projects are being launched, and the findings as well as new trends and insights are published in the form of peer-reviewed academic papers and books, and also presented to the international research community and the general public at conferences and seminars. We direct our efforts towards steadily building up an international network of experts.

Our core research subjects

Department of Business

We carry out research into topics that have an impact on the economy – from innovation and digitalisation to entrepreneurship and tourism.

More about our research at the Department of Business

Department of Health Sciences

Research meets practice – interdisciplinary, forward-looking, patient-centred. Our health sciences research focuses primarily on potential practical applications.

More about our research at the Department Health Sciences

Department of Life Sciences

Our researchers specialise in areas including cancer research, toxicology and drug research. We also focus on immune system disorders and cutting-edge bioprocess engineering.

More about our research at the Department Life Sciences

Our donors

Research at a high level is facilitated by the project-related support of our donors. We receive research grants from regional and international as well as private and public donors.