Cooperation with France -TOURNESOL


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 for the funding of potential exchange projects. 

TOURNESOL is a scientific exchange program supported by FWO and the Embassy of France in Brussels and supports travel grants for junior researchers in the framework of selected scientific projects. The goal of such TOURNESOL grants is to further sustain and expand the collaborations between Flanders and France.


  • Duration of projects: 2 years
  • All scientific disciplines are eligible
  • The funding covers travel and accommodation expenses of junior researchers with a maximum of 2.000 euro per project per year (on Flemish side as well as on French side).
  • This call will be launched every two years. Next call: 2021.
  • Deadline: 29th of April 2019 (5pm Belgian time)
  • Announcement of results: beginning December 2019
  • Start of project: 1 January 2020

Consortia that were awarded funding in the previous call (submission: 2017 - start projects: 2018) are not elegible for funding in this call.

Profile and conditions

  • As Principal Investigator of the Flemish research team, you hold a PhD.
  • In addition, you hold, throughout the entire period of your project, an appointment of at least 50% at:
    • a university in the Flemish Community (including the academic programmes within the corresponding association), or to
    • a federal or Flemish scientific institute as scientific staff of the Dutch-speaking community of, or to
    • a university hospital in the Flemish Community as scientific staff, or to
    • a hospital with an academic character recognized as research center in the Flemish Community as scientific staff.
  • At Flemish side only predoctoral researchers or postdoctoral researchers (with less than 10 years postdoctoral experience) can make use of the funding to cover travel towards and accommodation expenses in France.


  • You must submit your project proposal simultaneously to FWO and Campus France.
  • In a first phase, the submitted proposals will be evaluated separately by Flemish and French experts. At FWO the evaluation will be done by the CDP.
  • In a second phase, the final funding decision will be taken during a joint committee between FWO and Campus France. Proposal must have been evaluated positively on both the French and Flemish sides in order to be fundable.

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