Cooperation with Switzerland


The FWO is keen on promoting international collaboration as a driving force for excellence. That is why the FWO signs agreements with a number of countries. To allow joint research projects to be set up between Flanders and Switzerland, the FWO has signed a Lead Agency Procedure (LAP) agreement with the Swiss SNSF (Swiss National Science Fund). The Lead Agency is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the assessment procedure and for the funding decision.

As it is the case for regular FWO research projects fundamental research it is possible to submit a junior or senior research project.


  • The cooperation with SNSF is based on a Lead Agency Procedure in which FWO is the Lead Agency for this application round (2019). Applications must be submitted at FWO through E-loket by the Flemish partner. In addition, the Swiss partner needs to submit the necessary documents at SNSF. (See guidelines voor applicants)
  • It must be an integrated research proposal with one central problem, methodology and elaboration.
  • FWO staff and consumables:  €45,000 to €130,000.
  • FWO equipment/matching funding: maximum €150,000.
  • FWO Deadline: 01 April 2019 (5pm).
  • Success rate 2019: evaluated together with the regular FWO research projects fundamental research.

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and personnel grants to conduct a joint research project combining complementary expertise and relevant scientific input from both sides.
  • Your research will be carried out at an eligible Flemish main host institution, possibly in collaboration with other Flemish and/or federal research institutions (Article 7).
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of a supervisor-spokesperson, possible in collaboration with other (co-)supervisors (Article 10 - 12).
  • Besides the Swiss partner, co-supervisors from one or more non-Flemish and non-Swiss universities can be included with a maximum funding of 10% (for all non-Flemish and non-Swiss universities together) of the total FWO research budget.
  • Junior projects: supervisor-spokesperson and all (co-)supervisors, including the Swiss partners and if applicable other foreign co-supervisors, must have obtained their first PhD degree maximum 12 years before 01 April 2019.
  • Senior projects: supervisor-spokesperson or one of the (co-)supervisors, including the Swiss partners and if applicable other foreign co-supervisors, has obtained his/her first PhD degree more than 12 years before 01 April 2019.
  • Within this application round (2019) FWO-SNSF applications are considered as regular FWO research projects. This means that:
  • 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 real cost is used when the name(s) of the researcher(s) is (are) already known. When the name(s) of the researcher(s) is (are) not yet known, indicative amounts may be used.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause.
  • Transitional measures.


  • The partners follow the assessment procedure of the organization acting as Lead Agency. For this call (2019) FWO is the Lead Agency. The application procedure for the FWO as Lead Agency, can be summarized as follows:
    • The Flemish partner submits the application in English via the FWO E-loket taking into account the abovementioned deadline.
    • In addition, the Swiss partner submits the necessary documents at SNSF. (See guidelines voor applicants)
  • The supervisor-spokesperson will have to collect the consent form for all non-principal host institutions that are involved in the project application. With this declaration those institutions commit themselves to act as host institutions for the project and more specifically with respect to the research work that will be performed by their researchers in the project. The main host institutions deliver their declaration directly to FWO. The declarations for non-principal host institutions have to be uploaded as an attachment to the application form. You will find the template for this declaration here.
  • Each (co-)supervisor(-spokesperson) has to upload a CV. Please do use the template provided in the form and here.
  • Each supervisor(-spokesperson) and co-supervisor of both the Flemish and Swiss research team, and if applicable other foreign research teams, must have online profile including an updated list of publications on the FWO E-portal.
  • The applications are assessed for eligibility: the FWO and SNSF check whether the application meets the formal requirements.
  • Your application is submitted to a number of external referees for evaluation.
  • Rebuttal: You can react on the comments of the external referees and internal evaluation reports: 2 - 16 September 2019. The deadline for submission is this year exceptionally extended until September 23rd.
  • The FWO expert panels evaluate your application. The applicant is solely responsible for the choice of the expert panel.
  • Final decision taken by the board of trustees of FWO and the FWF Board.
  • Communication results end of December, start projects on the 1st of January 2020.
  • Afterwards you will receive feedback on your application.

Regulations and downloads

Documents and additional information for applicants


General information:

Specific supporting documents