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 the FWO's Research projects is to advance fundamental scientific research. This happens on initiative of the researcher in all scientific disciplines.


  • Period: 4 years, renewable with maximum two years subject to a new application (research project fundamental research renewal)
  • Staff and consumables:  €45,000 to €130,000 per year
  • Additional equipment / matching funding:  maximum €150,000
  • Deadline FWO: 1 April 2019 (5pm) (for the internal deadline of your institution, contact your research coordination office)
  • Announcement of results: 18 December 2019
  • Start of project: 1 January 2020

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and personnel grants.
  • 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 university may participate for 10 percent of the budget
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of a supervisor-spokesperson, possible in collaboration with other (co-)supervisors (Article 10 - 12).
  • A researcher can act as (co-)supervisor for maximum two projects per application round. You can only apply if your requested and ongoing fundamental research projects does not exceed two. These regulations also include the Lead Agency Procedure (LAP) projects with Austria, Luxemburg, Slovenia, and Switzerland as well as renewals (see Transitional measures).
  • For junior projects a 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. 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.
  • 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 expertpanels evaluate your application.
  • The expertpanels 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


General information:

Specific supporting documents

Former programme FWO research project

The programme 'research project' was replaced by Junior and Senior research project. You can find the information and regulations for this funding channel here: