Research Projects Red Nose Day


In the context of “Red Nose Day” the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) provides up to €1,000,000 of funding in support of two-year research projects on “young people with mental health problems", with a particular focus on the role of school or education in tackling this issue.

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.


  • Yearly call
  • Period: 2 year
  • Staff and bench fee:  minimum €45,000 - maximum €130,000
  • Additional equipment / matching funding:  maximum €150,000
  • Theme: young people with mental health problems, with a particular focus on the role of school or education in tackling this issue.
  • NOTE: the humanitarian research projects, such as these in the scope of Red Nose Day, differ in some substantial aspects from the regular research projects of FWO; e.g.:
  • CALL OPEN. Online form available on the 1st of March.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019 (5pm)
  • Announcement of results: December 2019
  • Start of project: January 1, 2020

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and personnel grants.
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of an applicable Flemish host institution, but a non-Flemish partner may participate for 10 percent of the budget
  • 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 (online form will be available from March 1st, 2019 onwards).
  • 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 panel reports to the board of trustees.
  • The board of trustees takes the final decision.
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.

Regulations and downloads

Documents and additional information for applicants


General information:

Specific supporting documents