FWO-Expertpanels

Expertpanels are the beating heart of the FWO. They evaluate the applications for fellowships and research projects. There are 30 subject specialist panels and 1 interdisciplinary panel. Most panels are composed of 16 members, the majority of which are not affiliated to a Flemish university. The panels meet twice a year and submit scientific advice to the Senate and the Board of Trustees.

The 30 Expertpanels are divided into 5 scientific domains:

SCOPE

Interdisciplinarity means that progress can be made in each of the disciplines (belonging to a different scientific area (e.g. Biological Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology)) involved by the execution of the collective project, in each of the disciplines separately and/or on a collective area. Projects where one of the disciplines is only instrumental for the other, where one discipline for example supplies tools for a subject of an other discipline, are not eligible.

Based on the above-mentioned criteria, the interdisciplinary expert panel will make an initial evaluation of an application’s eligibility, after which it can be redirected to discipline-specific panels if necessary.

Here you can find some background information concerning which type of applications can be evaluated by the interdisciplinary panel.

MEMBERS

Name

Institution

Chair

 

Skirtach André

Universiteit Gent

Vice-chair

 

Biggs Michael

University of Hertfordshire (GB)

Members

 

Francart Tom

KU Leuven

Giera Martin

Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum

Hooyberghs Jef

VITO

Morrison Ann

Aalborg University (DK)

Slump Cornelis

Universiteit Twente (NL)

Stroobants Sigrid

UAntwerpen

Svozil Karl

Vienna University of Technology (AT)

Taly Valerie

Université Paris Descartes (FR)

The application procedure - The correct Expertpanel

VACANCIES

This Expertpanel consists of a Fellowship and a Project panel, each of which has 12 members. The Fellowship panel meets in May - June to evaluate postdoc applications and in late Augustus - early October to evaluate PhD applications; the evaluation process consists of a preselection and an interview phase. The Project panel, which meets in November, evaluates applications for project funding on the basis of an extensive application file (this panel does not conduct interviews). When you apply, please indicate if you have a preference for either panel.

In each panel we are looking for experts with particular areas of expertise (see vacancies below). Yet all panel members MUST have a generalist profile and be comfortable evaluating research proposals that fall within the entire scope of their panel!

A majority of panel members is not affiliated to a Flemish research institution, nor has been affiliated as such in the past three years. Affiliation includes professional appointment, guest professorship and voluntary collaborator.

In the Fellowship panel current vacancies are:

  • HUMANITIES (PHILOSOPHY) [including ethics, social sciences, philosophy and ethics, linguistics, sociology]
  • HUMANITIES (ARCHAEOLOGY) [including history and archeology, materials analysis]
  • ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS [including socio-economics economics, sociology, politics, communication sciences, law]
  • NEUROSCIENCE & BEHAVIOUR [including social psychology, social work, neuroscience]
  • ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY [including environmental sciences, air/water pollution, ecology, social anthropology]
  • MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & GENETICS [including medicine and technology, tissue engineering, orthopedics, dermatology, cellular biology, mammalian and plant cells]
  • BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY [including medical chemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, plant cell biology
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE [including chemical engineering, nano-technology, nanoparticles, drug delivery, bio-chemistry, musculo-skeletal research]
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE [including chemistry, pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, materials, coatings]
  • ENGINEERING (including micro- and bio-engineering, photonics, biophysics, physics, condensed matter, manufacturing, robotics, bio-medical systems, earth- and space, construction/building
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE  [including all areas of medicine as well as broad areas with end-applications in medicine, immunology, cancer research, cardiovascular, gastroenterology, nutrition, ideally human and animals, pharmacology]
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE [including mathematics, statistics, signal processing, big data, statistics, data mining]

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In the Project panel current vacancies are:

  • HUMANITIES (PHILOSOPHY) [including ethics, social sciences, philosophy and ethics, linguistics, sociology]
  • HUMANITIES (ARCHAEOLOGY) [including history and archeology, materials analysis]
  • ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS [including socio-economics economics, sociology, politics, communication sciences, law]
  • NEUROSCIENCE & BEHAVIOUR [including social psychology, social work, neuroscience]
  • ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY [including environmental sciences, air/water pollution, ecology, social anthropology]
  • MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & GENETICS [including medicine and technology, tissue engineering, orthopedics, dermatology, cellular biology, mammalian and plant cells]
  • BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY [including medical chemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, plant cell biology
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE [including chemical engineering, nano-technology, nanoparticles, drug delivery, bio-chemistry, musculo-skeletal research]
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE [including chemistry, pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, materials, coatings]
  • ENGINEERING (including micro- and bio-engineering, photonics, biophysics, physics, condensed matter, manufacturing, robotics, bio-medical systems, earth- and space, construction/building
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE  [including all areas of medicine as well as broad areas with end-applications in medicine, immunology, cancer research, cardiovascular, gastroenterology, nutrition, ideally human and animals, pharmacology]
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE [including mathematics, statistics, signal processing, big data, statistics, data mining]

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International collaboration

- International collaboration committee (CIWC) - Panel for international collaboration (CIS)

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Other commissions

There are also a number of advisory groups with well-defined mandates which advise on a specific line of research or within a specific collaboration. These groups meet once or twice a year as required.

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Code of Conduct

FWO Code of Conduct- Expertpanels Established Line of Conduct 1. The panel chair and the panel members must always strictly adhere to the li…

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Regulations FWO - Internal and External Peer Review

Art. 1. For the evaluation of research applications and applications for research infrastructure, the FWO relies on both internal and extern…

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Guideline for panel members

The guidelines issued to the external referees can be read in the guide for panel members

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List members Expertpanels and Governing boards

Here you can find the list of panel members.

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