Besides the treatment of patients in clinical trials, the MedAustron accelerator facility offers the opportunity to perform non-clinical research. On the one hand, areas of research close to the medical application will be addressed, i.e. translational research. This includes basic investigations on physical and biological interactions between the available radiation qualities and tissue in the framework of the two study groups on Medical Radiation Physics and Radiation Biology. On the other hand, the particle beam can generally be used for scientific projects in radiation physics, for example to determine cross sections of primary particles interacting with different target objects.

In co-operation with the Medical University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology, three professorships were established in the years of 2014 and 2015. Two of them, namely “Medical Radiation Physics and OncoTechnology” and “Applied and Translational Radiobiology (ATRAB)” have been installed at the Medical University of Vienna. The third professorship on Radiation Physics belongs to the Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics of the Vienna University of Technology. Besides these three key-user groups, visiting researchers can apply for external projects. Such proposals can be submitted in co-operation with the three mentioned key-user groups, or as thoroughly independent external projects providing that free capacities are assured.