Skip to content
Login E-loket

Research policy

In the policy period 2024-2028, the FWO wants to conduct its policy according to the following four strategies:

  1. A programme off ering up to date
    We are further aligning our support off er with the current needs of Flemish researchers.
  2. In the engine room of the FWO
    We improve our own operations where we can and where appropriate.
  3. Horizontal themes
    We continue and strengthen a number of urgent themes that run horizontally throughout all programmes and the entire operation of the FWO.
  4. A connected FWO, with researchers and society
    We align our connectedness with researchers and society with what is happening today.

FWO policy themes

Open access

Open Access is the practice of making scholarly research results freely available online to the public, both within and outside academia, with the ultimate goal being to maximise the impact of said research.

Data Management Plan (DMP)

Data management constitutes an integral part of sound scientific research

Research integrity

The issue of research integrity has become increasingly topical in recent years. A number of high-profile cases of researchers who do not always respect the scientific and moral standards of research have surfaced in various countries.

Research ethics

The FWO aims to do everything in its power to ensure that research funded with its resources is carried out in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

HR Strategy

The FWO supports researchers in all stages of their careers. For the selection of young researchers, the FWO has implemented an active equal opportunity policy.

Sustainable travel policy

The FWO focusses on the internationalisation of scientific research by offering researchers in Flanders in all career stages opportunities to collaborate internationally and to gain experience abroad. 


Research projects or individual researchers supported by the FWO receive funding, which for the most part comes from the Flemish government. In order to foster support for scientific research, the FWO encourages broad communication about the research it funds. In addition, the FWO tries to map the impact of the supported research as accurately as possible on the basis of efficient reporting by researchers to the FWO.

Research results

The Flemish government department of Economy, Science and Innovation has created the Flanders Research Information Space; this is a metadatabase in which research that is at least partially funded with Flemish public funds is aggregated in a comprehensive manner.

Knowledge security

We understand both the undesired transfer of knowledge and technology, interference, and misuse of research results as potential breaches of knowledge security. 

Institutional restrictions on scientific cooperation in FWO funding instruments