Research project Kom op tegen Kanker


In the context of the ‘Kom op tegen Kanker’ campaign, the FWO has a yearly budget of €754,717 available (overhead excluded), to support  patient-oriented research projects with a specific scope. For the 2022 call, the scope is: “Research aimed at improving the diagnosis and the first steps in the treatment of cancer, e.g. optimizing medical imaging, biopsies etc.”


  • Duration: 2 year
  • 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.
  • Theme: “Research aimed at improving the diagnosis and the first steps in the treatment of cancer, e.g. optimizing medical imaging, biopsies etc.”
  • NOTE: the humanitarian research projects such as these in the scope of Kom op tegen Kanker, differ in some substantial aspects from the fundamental research projects of FWO:
    • These projects will NOT distinguish between a junior or a senior project type;
    • These projects will NOT be taken into account for calculating the maximum of 2 projects for which one can be (co)-supervisor at a given time.
    • A specific panel of scientific experts composed by FWO will evaluate your application; it is not necessary to select a panel yourself from the regular FWO expert panels.
    • Next to the online application in the e-portal a specific form (Word-template) has to be submitted which will be evaluated by Kom op tegen Kanker's patients committee. This committee will give a non-binding advice to the FWO expert panel.
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: 22 December 2022
  • Start of project: January 1, 2023
  • Success rate 2021: 14%

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 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).
  • 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.
  • For the research projects in the context of Kom op tegen Kanker, patients (or patient representatives) will have an advisory role in the evaluation of the applications. For this stage of the evaluation applicants are required to explain the (envisaged) relevance and short-term impact of their project in a way that is understandable to non-experts. An extra form will be added to the application (see below, ‘Downloads’); this form will be read by the patients committee of Kom op tegen Kanker to evaluate the submitted projects. This patients committee will only address the afore mentioned aspects of the project, i.e. the relevance and short-term impact for patients, and they will formulate a non-binding advice for the FWO’s scientific expert panel.
  • 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. Download the template for this declaration.
  • Each (co-)supervisor(-spokesperson) has to upload a CV. Please do use the template provided 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: 8 - 19 September 2022. The supervisor-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 supervisor-spokesperson’s main host institution. It is important to check whether the FWO invitation did not end up in a spam folder of the supervisor-spokesperson. If you did not receive a message by 8 September the FWO should be informed as soon as possible.
  • A dedicated expert panel evaluates your application.
  • The panel reports to the board of trustees.
  • The board of trustees takes the final decision.
  • Afterwards you will receive feedback on your application.

Regulations and downloads


  • Contact for requesting additional info and for specific questions
  • For technical (IT) problems regarding e-portal and application modules send an email to the IT helpdesk:

Specific supporting documents

Amendments to the application form for the purpose of extending the research(er) profile and aspects related to responsible research and innovation

The application form for this support programme has been amended to give more attention to increasingly diverse researcher profiles and research results.

In the new form, the subsections relating to peer reviewed articles are merged into a single section (i.e. without distinguishing between Web of Science, VABB-SHW etc.), the section ‘other output and impact’ in the CV template is extended, a ‘research statement’ is introduced combining the sections ‘short CV’ and ‘career path’, thus enabling the researcher to insert a narrative, and there is the option to present and clarify the five most relevant publications and/or achievements over the last five years, as well as to include the research funding obtained over the last five years.

The evaluation procedure has also been amended accordingly: in the score grids, the score descriptors have been supplemented with the new elements in the application form. 

The purpose of these amendments is to give researchers the opportunity to demonstrate a range of scientifically relevant activities, skills, experiences and achievements. FWO is thus following an international trend away from a one-sided focus on ‘traditional’ output criteria (such as publications, bibliometrics, patents etc.) towards a broader vision of what science can be and accomplish, respecting the specificity of each discipline. The new application forms are aimed to help the researcher demonstrate that versatility.  

The application form now also features two questions relating to ‘responsible research and innovation’: one about the extent to which ‘gender and diversity’ have been taken into account in the research approach and another about the involvement of societal stakeholders in the research. Applicants can justify their answers to both questions or, where appropriate, indicate why these aspects are not relevant to their application. The questions are intended to raise awareness and understanding of these aspects.

Please note, when entering publications, that the previous sections A.1.1 and A.1.2 in the publication lists have been merged into a single section: ‘peer reviewed articles in journals’. A2 deals with ‘non-peer reviewed articles in journals’. With the transition from the old to the new system, publications previously entered in A.1.1 and A.1.2 have already been combined in chronological order into the new section A1. However, applicants remain personally responsible for the accuracy of the information included in the personal details, application forms etc. Applicants are therefore advised to carefully check their combined publication records in A1.