TU Wien continues to develop research – both within subject specialisations and in interdisciplinary combinations – in an innovative manner. It will maintain the high standard that it has achieved and increase this still further by concentrating its strengths and through networking and collaboration. Research at TU Wien is based on twin pillars: fundamental research at a sufficiently differentiated subject level together with the interdisciplinary integration of such research, and application-orientated university research for which the fundamental research in turn forms an important premise. Together, fundamental research and application-orientated university research represent the key elements of the research output at TU Wien. With regard to the main role of university research – generating knowledge to increase understanding and for the benefit of society – the research objectives derived from these elements are directed towards utilising this understanding and knowledge.