Junior and Senior Research projects


Research projects are initiated by the researchers. Two types can be awarded: junior and senior research projects. The objective of FWO's Research projects is to advance fundamental scientific research. This happens on initiative of the researcher in all scientific disciplines.


  • Duration: in principle 4 years, minimum 2 years
  • Staff and consumables:  €45,000 to €130,000 per year, project partners may request a budget in the amount of € 0 or € 20.000 per year.
  • Equipment:  maximum €150,000 per project
  • The home institution receives overhead costs of 6% of the total budget.
  • 2% on the staff costs can be included in the personnel budgets for the personnel administration in the application.
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: 22 December 2021
  • Start of project: 1 January 2022

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need funding for consumables, equipment and personnel.
  • 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), but a non-Flemish research institution may participate for 10 percent of the budget
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of a supervisor-spokesperson, possibly in collaboration with other (co-)supervisors (Article 10 - 12).
  • A researcher can act as (co-)supervisor for maximum two projects per application round. This regulation also includes the new WEAVE projects.
  • You can only apply if your requested and ongoing fundamental research projects do not exceed two. This regulation also includes the Lead Agency Procedure (LAP) projects and the new WEAVE projects applied for. For (co-)supervisors from a partner institution within a cross-institutional project without their own budget the project does not count towards this total. Projects started before 1 January 2019 do not count either.
  • For junior projects the supervisor-spokesperson and (co-)supervisor must have obtained his/her first PhD degree maximum 12 years before the submission deadline of the project application.
  • For senior projects the supervisor-spokesperson or the (co-)supervisor has obtained his/her first PhD degree more than 12 years before the submission deadline of the project application.
  • Emeriti with 10% paid appointment can only act as co-supervisor.
  • 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


  • You submit your proposal online.
  • The supervisor-spokesperson will have to collect the consent form for all non-principal host institutions that are involved in the project application, except for the non-Flemish partner institutions. 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. Download the template for this declaration.
  • Each (co-)supervisor(-spokesperson) has to upload a CV. Please do use the templateprovided in the form.
  • 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 (members FWO expert panels) evaluation reports: 9 - 23 September 2021. The promoter-spokesperson of the application receives at the beginning of the rebuttal phase an invitation on the (primary) e-mail address as filled out in the FWO e-portal, being the e-mail address by which the application is submitted to the promoter-spokesperson’s main host institution. It is important to check whether the FWO invitation did not land in a spam folder of the promotor-spokesperson and if the latter did not receive a message by 9 September the FWO should be informed as soon as possible.
  • The FWO expert panels evaluate your application.
  • The expert panels report to the board of trustees.
  • The board of trustees takes the final decision.
  • Afterwards you will receive feedback on your application.

The correct Expertpanel

The FWO has the projects evaluated by 30 discipline-specific expert panels and one interdisciplinary panel. The applicant is solely responsible for the choice of the expert panel that will evaluate his/her application. You will find the scopes that have been defined here.

Regulations and downloads

Documents and additional information for applicants

Presentation infosession


General information:

  • Evaluation and selection procedures are commented during the information sessions.
  • Example application form offers a number of screenshots of the online application forms and the project template outline

Specific supporting documents