FWO and the Russian Science Foundation will launch calls for joint Russian-Flemish research projects

On May 14, 2018, the General Director of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF), Alexander Khlunov, and the Secretary General of the Research Foundation - Flanders, Hans Willems, signed the Memorandum of understanding on cooperation between two funding agencies, which will facilitate the joint RSF-FWO funding for the best Russian-Flemish collaborative projects in all areas of basic research, including social sciences and humanities.

The parties plan to release the first call in March next year with funding decisions to be taken by the end of 2019. The eligible 3-years project proposals led by a Russian PI and a Belgian PI will be evaluated via an independent peer-review procedure by both RSF and FWO.