Research Projects Red Nose Day


In the context of “Red Nose Day” the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) provides up to € 950,000 (overhead included) of funding in support of two-year research projects on “resilience for young people on a mental, social and physical level with focus on projects within a school environment”.

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 this 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.


  • Yearly call
  • Period: 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
  • Theme: resilience for young people on a mental, social and physical level with focus on projects within a school environment.
  • 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.:
    • These projects will NOT distinguish between a junior or a senior projecttype;
    • 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 choose a panel yourself from the regular FWO expert panels.
  • Deadline: The submission deadline is moved from April 1 to April 14, 10:00. The reference date for the eligibility conditions, such as the maximum of 12 years of postdoctoral seniority for each (co-)applicant of a junior project, remains April 1. Those who wanted and could submit a junior project can still do so until April 14.
  • Announcement of results: 5 December 2020
  • Start of project: January 1, 2021

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).
  • 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. 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 evaluation reports: 2 - 16 September 2020.
  • 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

Specific supporting documents