Research Projects “Red Nose Day: young people with mental health problems”


In the context of “Red Nose Day” the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) provides up to €950,000 of funding in support of two-year research projects on “young people with mental health problems."

The campaign – raising money for a serious cause by putting up a funny nose – comes from the UK, where Red Nose Day is an annual tradition. After the Netherlands adopted a similar campaign in 2011, De Gekste Dag (The Craziest Day), it’s Flanders turn to host its own "Rode Neuzen Dag". The funding is managed by the Rode Neuzen Fonds (Red Nose Day Fund), hosted by the Koning Boudewijnstichting.

With thid call, the Rode Neuzen Fonds and FWO aim to encourage fundamental research on mental health and wellbeing among young people, targeting therapies as well as prevention. Also research in disciplines as e.g. education, sports, culture,… is welcomed if it related to the mental wellbeing of young people.


  • Project duration: 2 years
  • Staff and consumables:  minimum €45,000 - maximum €130,000
  • Additional equipment / matching funding:  maximum €150,000
  • Theme: young people with mental health problems
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: 28 November 2018
  • Start of project: January 1, 2019

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and personnel grants.
  • The research will be carried out at a university in the Flemish Community or at officially registered higher education institutions that can award a PhD degree, or at one of the following institutions:
    • Vlerick Business School (VLERICK)
    • Antwerp Management School (UAMS)
    • Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG)
    • Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB)
    • Institute for European Studies (IES)
    • Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS)
    • Antwerp Maritime Academy (Nautical Sciences)
  • Where appropriate, the research project can be done in collaboration with Flemish or federal scientific institutions.
  • Your research will focus on the theme of young people with mental health problems.
  • Your research project will be carried out under the direction of a supervisor, possibly in collaboration with one or more co-supervisors.
  • All material acquired under a bench fee or equipment grant of the FWO shall become the property of the university.
  • The host institution is the employer of staff remunerated under research projects.
  • Supervisors and co-supervisors are not allowed any remuneration or accumulation with a remuneration under a research project.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause
  • Take a look at the different research projects you can apply for in 2016


  • You propose a list of 10 external referees; eligibility criteria apply to these referees; see the regulations on internal and external peer review.
  • Your application is submitted to a number of these referees for evaluation.
  • An FWO jury evaluates the applications. 
  • The Jury reports to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Board of Trustees decides on the appointment.
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.
  • More information

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