Dr. Dorothea Sturn

Section: Research Policy & Development

Function: Scientific project manager


  • Phone: ++43-1-495 04 42 / 76
  • Fax: ++43-1-495 04 42 / 40
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Work and research focus:

Science and innovation policy, research funding, HEI development and governance, performance-based funding, peer-review.

Running and completed projects:

Other Publications:

  • Participatory approaches in Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) policy and their potential impact (together with Jakob Kofler, Elisabeth Nindl and Magdalena Walzer), in: fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation, issue 52, July 2021, doi: 10.22163/fteval.2021.518
  • The funding scheme “Impact Innovation” – The idea behind and the results of an assessment (together with Barbara Glinsner and Philipp Aiginger-Evangelisti), in: fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation, issue 50, March 2020, doi: 10.22163/fteval.2020.462
  • MLE on Performance Based Funding Systems (European Commission 2018)
  • Specific support to Latvia (European Commission 2018)
  • Qualitätsoffensive für die geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung an der Universität Wien – ein Praxisbericht. In: Qualität in der Wissenschaft, Zeitschrift für Qualitätsentwicklung in Forschung, Studium und Administration, 4/2010.
  • Die institutionelle Architektur von Qualitätssicherung (mit Sturn, R.), in: Österreichische Hochschulzeitung, 6/ 2010.
  • Qualitätsmanagement und Gender, Eine Standortbestimmung für Universitäten, in: Stark, B., Haberl, B.: Gender und Exzellenz. Aktuelle Entwicklungen im österreichischen Wissenschaftssystem. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2009. 
  • Start up on Campus, European Models for the Stimulation of Academic Spin-offs, in: Topics in Technology Transfer. Essays in Honour of Dick van Barneveld, Twente University Press, 2000.
  • Decentralised Industrial Policies in Practice: the case of Austria and Styria, in: European Planning Studies Vol. 8, Nr.2 2000.
  • Evaluation of RTD-Programs: Best Practice Considerations and the Austrian Experience (with Fritz, O., Hutschenreiter, G.), in: Plattform Technologie Evaluierung Nr. 3, Wien 1997.

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Education and career:

Dorothea STURN works as Scientific project manager at ZSI. She was Managing Director of the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), Austria’s central funding organization for basic research. Her main areas of expertise revolve around research funding and proposal assessment by peer-review as well as strategy building and evaluation of research performance. Previously she worked at the University of Vienna as Head of the Quality Assurance and Evaluation Unit where she developed an informed peer review scheme for the appraisement of research quality in different institutional settings. At the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) she was responsible for various schemes fostering the co-operation between research and economy and earned her particularly strong experience in programme management. In addition to her management skills, her fields of research are the development of Universities and research institutions in an international environment, Peer-review and Research Evaluation, R&D and innovation policy as well as economic development questions relating to research and technology. She holds an MA and a PhD in Economics and has lectured on public economics and on political economy. Her language skills include fluent German and English, and basic knowledge of French.


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