Cooperation with Switzerland


The FWO is keen on promoting international collaboration as a driving force for excellence. That is why the FWO signs agreements with a number of countries. To allow joint research projects to be set up between Flanders and Switzerland, the FWO has signed a Lead Agency Procedure (LAP) agreement with the Swiss SNSF (Swiss National Science Fund). The Lead Agency is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the assessment procedure and for the funding decision.

In the framework of this Lead Agency Procedure agreement SNSF will be the Lead Agency for this application round with deadline in 2020. This means that SNSF will implement the entire evaluation and selection procedure in 2020.


  • The cooperation with SNSF is based on a Lead Agency Procedure in which SNSF is the Lead Agency for this application round (2020). The full application must be submitted by the Swiss partner at SNSF. The Flemish partner needs to submit a cost sheet and a pdf of the full Swiss application at FWO via For more info see ‘Procedure’.
  • It must be an integrated research proposal with one central problem, methodology and elaboration.
  • Period: in principle 4 years, minimum 2 years.
  • FWO 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.
  • FWO equipment: maximum € 150,000 per project.
  • FWO Deadline: April 14, 2020 (10:00 am) note! deadline at SNSF April 8 at 5pm! Since SNSF is responsible for the evaluation this year, the deadline must be respected at SNSF. At FWO, you can complete the administrative submission until 14 April at 10 am.
  • Announcement of results: December 2020.
  • Start of project: 01 January 2021.
  • Success rate 2020: same success rate as regular FWO projects.

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and/or personnel grants to conduct a joint research project combining complementary expertise and relevant scientific input from Flemish and Swiss partners.
  • 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) and under the supervision of a supervisor-spokesperson, possible in collaboration with other (co-)supervisors (Article 10 - 12).
  • Emeriti with 10% paid appointment can only act as co-supervisor.
  • Please note that in contrast to junior and senior projects fundamental research it is not possible to include on the FWO budget a non-Flemish research institution for max. 10% of the total FWO project budget.
  • FWO-SNSF applications are considered as regular FWO research projects. This means that:
    • Applications in the framework of this LAP procedure with Switzerland are taken into account when calculating the maximum number of two projects per application round for which you can act as a (co-)supervisor.
    • Granted FWO-SNSF projects starting as from 01/01/2019 are taken into account for the maximum of two projects applied for and ongoing on the start date of the newly allocated project. For (co-)supervisors from a partner institution within a cross-institutional project without their own budget the project does not count towards this total. Projects started before 1 January 2019 do not count either.
  • 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.


  • The partners follow the submission and assessment procedure of the organization acting as Lead Agency. For this call (2020) SNSF is the Lead Agency.
  • The application procedure for the SNSF as Lead Agency, can be summarized as follows:
    • The Swiss partner submits the application at SNSF before April 8 2020 (5pm) according to their modalities for project funding.
    • In addition, the Flemish partner needs to submit a cost sheet and a pdf of the full Swiss application at FWO via before 14 April 2020 (10am).
  • All Flemish and Swiss partners need to create an FWO E-loket
  • The applications are assessed for eligibility: the FWO and SNSF check whether the application meets the formal requirements.
  • International peer-review and evaluation by SNSF.
  • Final decision taken by the board of trustees of FWO and SNSF.

Regulations and downloads

  • General regulations
    These general regulations are applicable for every funding of FWO.
  • Regulations for Research projects
    These regulations contain all conditions to apply for an FWO Research Project.
  • cost sheet
  • Be aware: For any travel towards a higher-risk destination, the FWO (travel) grant can only be used in case of a positive advice of the concerned host institution. Please make sure to request this advice at the responsible advisory body of your host institution.