Junior and Senior Research projects


Research projects are initiated by the researchers. Two types can be awarded: junior and senior research projects. The objective of FWO's Research projects is to advance fundamental scientific research. This happens on initiative of the researcher in all scientific disciplines.


  • Duration: in principle 4 years, minimum 2 years
  • 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.
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: 7 December 2022
  • Start of project: 1 January 2023

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need funding for consumables, equipment and personnel.
  • 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).
  • A researcher can act as (co-)supervisor for maximum two projects per application round. This regulation also includes the new WEAVE projects.
  • You can only apply if your requested and ongoing fundamental research projects do not exceed two. This regulation also includes the Lead Agency Procedure (LAP) projects and the new WEAVE projects applied for. 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.
  • For junior projects the supervisor-spokesperson and (co-)supervisor must have obtained his/her first PhD degree maximum 12 years before the submission deadline of the project application.
  • For senior projects the supervisor-spokesperson or the (co-)supervisor has obtained his/her first PhD degree more than 12 years before the submission deadline of the project application.
  • Members of the ZAP staff of a Flemish university retiring in the year of the submission of the project application or during the project period, can submit two applications (being the maximum as regulated for all applicants). From the moment of retirement on they have to be replaced as promotor(-spokesperson) by a member of the ZAP staff who as a copromotor at the same main host institution co-submitted the project application and they can from that moment participate in the project as an emeritus mandated by the university, also on a non salaried basis.
  • 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, except for the non-Flemish partner institutions. 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: 8 - 19 September 2022. 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. If you did not receive a message by 8 September the FWO should be informed as soon as possible.
  • The FWO expert panels evaluate your application.
  • Not more than 50 percent of the panel budget can be awarded to projects with exclusively (co)promoters affiliated to the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). This rule does not apply to applications submitted by (co)promoters affiliated to VIB in collaboration with one ore more (co)promoter(s) without VIB affiliation.
  • The expert panels report to the board of trustees.
  • The board of trustees takes the final decision.

The correct Expertpanel

The FWO has the projects evaluated by 30 discipline-specific expert panels and one interdisciplinary panel. The applicant is solely responsible for the choice of the expert panel that will evaluate his/her application. You will find the scopes that have been defined here.

Regulations and downloads

Documents and additional information for applicants


General information:

Specific supporting documents

Amendments to the application form for the purpose of broadening the research(er) profile and responsible research and innovation

The application form for this support programme has been amended to give more attention to various researcher profiles and research results.

In the new form, the subsections relating to peer reviewed articles are merged into a single section (i.e. without distinguishing between Web of Science, VABB-SHW and the like), the section ‘other output and impact’ in the CV template is placed in a broader context, a ‘research statement’ is introduced in which ‘short CV’ and ‘career path’ coincide, enabling the researcher to insert a narrative, and there is the option to present and clarify the five most relevant publications and/or achievements over the last five years, and to include the research funding obtained over the last five years.

The evaluation procedure has also been amended accordingly: in the score grids, the score descriptors have been supplemented with the new elements in the application form.  

The purpose of these amendments is to give researchers the opportunity to demonstrate a range of scientifically relevant activities, skills, experiences and achievements. The FWO is thus following an international trend away from a one-sided focus on ‘classical’ output criteria (such as publications, bibliometrics, patents and the like) towards a broader view of what science can be and accomplish, with respect for the specificity of each discipline. The new application forms are aimed to help the researcher demonstrate that versatility.  

The application form now also features two questions relating to ‘responsible research and innovation’: one about the extent to which ‘gender and diversity’ has been taken into account in the research approach and another about the involvement of social stakeholders in the research. Applicants can justify their answers to both questions or, where appropriate, indicate why these aspects are not relevant to their application. The questions are intended to raise awareness about these aspects in terms of what is understood as responsible research and innovation.

Please note, when entering publications, the previous sections A.1.1. and A.1.2. in the publication lists have been merged into a single section: ‘peer reviewed articles in journals’. A2 deals with ‘non-peer reviewed articles in journals’. With the transition from the old to the new system, publications previously entered in A.1.1. and A.1.2. have already been combined in chronological order in the new section A1. However, applicants remain themselves responsible for the accuracy of the information included in the personal details, application forms and the like. Applicants are therefore advised to carefully check their combined publications in A1.