Research project


Research projects are initiated by the researchers. The objective of the FWO's Research projects is to advance fundamental scientific research.


  • Period: 4 years, renewable with maximum two years
  • Staff and consumables:  €45,000 to €130,000
  • Additional equipment / matching funding:  maximum €150,000
  • Deadline: 3 April 2018
  • Announcement of results: 28 November 2018
  • Start of project: 1 January 2019
  • Success rate 2017: 20,45%

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and personnel grants.
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of an applicable Flemish host institution (article 3 of the regulations for research project)
  • Your research project will be carried out under the direction of a supervisor, possibly in collaboration with one or more co-supervisors. (article 9 of the regulations for research project)
  • A researcher can act as (co-)supervisor for maximum two projects per application round. Supervisors who were awarded an FWO-project, should wait one application round before applying again.
  • All material acquired with a grant for consumables/equipment of the FWO shall become the property of the university.
  • The host institution is the employer of staff remunerated on research projects.
  • Supervisors and co-supervisors are not allowed any remuneration or accumulation with a remuneration on a research project.
  • The staff and consumables that are applied for in the first year, have to be equal or higher compared with the funds asked for during the other years.
  • Lumpsums are no longerapplicable: the applicant puts in the estimated real cost (see HR or proper department of your host institution).
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause
  • Take a look at the different research projects you can apply for in 2016


  • You propose a list of 10 external referees (refer to the regulations for the eligibility criteria)
  • Your application is submitted to a number of these referees for evaluation.
  • The FWO Expertpanels evaluate your application.
  • The Expertpanels report to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Board of Trustees decides on the appointment.
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.
  • More information

Regulations and downloads

The following forms can be found on the e-loket:

  • Template for progress report
  • Template for final report