Research Projects Red Nose Day


In the context of Red Noses Day, the FWO provides up to € 975,000 (including overhead) to support two-year research projects on “resilience for young people on a mental, social and physical level with focus on projects within a school environment”". Project proposals are preferably aimed at generating new knowledge that can contribute to the development of tools to enable schools, teachers or teacher training institutes to improve the psychological well-being of young people.

The Red Noses Fund was set up at the King Baudouin Foundation to manage the proceeds of the Red Noses Day benefit. Red Nose Day is a collaboration between VTM, Q-Music and Belfius, inspired by Red Nose Day, a concept created in the UK by Comic Relief Ltd and which has been active in fundraising for charitable purposes for 30 years.

With this appeal, the Red Nose Fund, together with the FWO, wants to support fundamental scientific research on the mental health and well-being of young people, both in terms of assistance and prevention in a school context.


  • 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
  • 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: 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 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 choose a panel yourself from the regular FWO expert panels.
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: December 2021 (after the live show)
  • Start of project: January 1, 2022
  • Succes rate 2020: 43%

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 (members FWO expert panels) evaluation reports: 9 - 23 September 2021. The promoter-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 promoter-spokesperson’s main host institution. It is important to check whether the FWO invitation did not land in a spam folder of the promotor-spokesperson and if the latter did not receive a message by 9 September the FWO should be informed as soon as possible.
  • 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