Reforms - Update Research Projects

26/06/2017 10:13

Transitional measures for the PhD Fellowship, SB Grant, Research Grant and Research Projects programmes

In an extra newsletter, we announced the reform of the PhD Fellowship, SB Grant, and Research Projects support programmes, and the abolition of the Research Grant.   One of the consequences of this reform is that applicants who could submit an application for 2019 (start of the new programmes), will no longer be able to always do so afterwards. To ensure a smooth transition and allow everyone to timely adapt to the new situation, the FWO has planned a number of transitional measures. They are summarised below.

PhD Fellowship and SB Grant

For both types of predoctoral fellowship - PhD fellowship and SB grant - a total of two applications may be submitted from 2019 onwards (call open in 2018). Today, this is still two applications for each type of fellowship, i.e. a total of four applications.

In 2019, however, the following transitional measures will apply for those candidates who already submitted more than one application under the old regime:

  • those who already submitted two applications for a PhD fellowship, may apply once more for an SB grant;
  • those who already submitted two applications for a PhD fellowship and one application for an SB grant, may apply once more for an SB grant;
  • those who already submitted two applications for an SB grant, may apply once more for a PhD fellowship;
  • those who already submitted two applications for an SB grant and one application for a PhD fellowship, may apply once more for a PhD fellowship;
  • those who already applied once for a PhD fellowship and once for an SB grant, may apply once more for one of both channels.

In all of these cases, the rules of the current (not yet revised) regulations in terms of seniority of the candidate (degree and scientific experience) will continue to apply.   

The current regulations for PhD Fellowship are available at:

/en/fellowships-funding/phd-fellowships/phd-fellowship/regulations-for-phd-fellowship/

The current regulations for SB Grants are available at:

/en/fellowships-funding/phd-fellowships/doctoral-(phd)-grant-strategic-basic-research-(sb)/regulations-doctoral-(phd)-grants-strategic-basic-research/ .

Research Grant

The Research Grant will be abolished. From 2019 it will no longer be possible to apply for a Research Grant, so no call for Research Grants will be opened in 2018.  For FWO postdoctoral researchers, it will be replaced by a flexible bench fee, which will make it possible to apply for extra research resources together with the application for the research fellowship.

Postdocs who start their fellowship on 1 October 2017 (current call) or 1 October 2018 (last call under the old procedure) will no longer be able to apply for a Research Grant, but will not have the opportunity either to propose a flexible bench fee. That is why this group of applicants, which in 2019 will be situated in the first or second year of the three-year postdoc fellowship, will be able to apply once more for a Research Grant.   Those who apply for a postdoctoral fellowship in 2018 will be able to apply at the same time for a Research Grant under the last regular call for this support channel.

Research Projects

As part of the reform of the application modalities for projects at the FWO, from call 2019 on (submission deadline 1/4/2019) maximum two projects per round per supervisor and co-supervisor can be applied for and the total sum of projects applied for and ongoing on the start date of the newly allocated project is also limited to two.  As a consequence, an application can be made in the last year of the ongoing project without the latter being included in the calculation of the maximum of two projects.

With regard to the maximum of ongoing and applied for projects a transitional measure is put in place, in order to enable everyone to timely adapt to the new situation. For call 2019, the first call under the new system (with submission deadline on 1/4/2019), only ongoing projects starting on January 1st 2019 will be taken into account.

Consequently, projects already ongoing before 1/1/2019 will NOT be taken into account. Projects granted during call 2018 and starting on January 1st 2019 WILL be taken into account, also with regard to co-supervisors of ongoing as well as applied for projects.

Attention!  The current regulation stipulating that a supervisor-spokesperson of a granted project cannot submit a project application during the next call, be it as a promoter or a co-promoter, still applies for

  • call 2017 (with submission deadline 1/4/2017)
  • call 2018 (with submission deadline 1/4/2018)

Supervisors-spokespersons of a project granted in 2017 or 2018 therefore will not be allowed to apply for a new project in 2018 or 2019 respectively.

The budget restrictions for projects remain in place:

  • Staff and consumables per year: between € 45.000 and 130.000;
  • Infrastructure: max. € 150.000 for the entire project.

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