Research Grant

From 2019 it will no longer be possible to apply for a Research Grant, so no call for Research Grants will be opened in 2018.  For FWO postdoctoral researchers, it will be replaced by a flexible bench fee, which will make it possible to apply for extra research resources together with the application for the research fellowship.

In January 2019, a limited call will open for FWO-postdocs who started their fellowship on 1 October 2017 or 1 October 2018.


The research grant supports young and/or established researchers with an individual research expense grant.


  • Period: variable
  • Research and/or equipment expenses: minimum €2,500 - maximum €40,000
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: 28 November 2018
  • Start of fellowship: 1 January 2019
  • Success rate 2017: 20,45 %

Profile and conditions

  • You are a researcher having acquired a certain amount of continuity in your career up to and including the level of Professor in the rank of Senior Lecturer
  • You are affiliated to a university in the Flemish Community. Or to the Evangelical Protestant Faculty in Leuven, the Faculty for Protestant Theology in Brussels, or to a Flemish or federal institute for scientific research.
  • You are an independent postdoctoral researcher from the Flemish Community under the direction and responsibility of a Flemish university.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause


  • The head of the research unit writes a recommendation letter.
  • Your application is submitted to the FWO Expertpanels.
  • The Expertpanels report to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Board of Trustees decides on your appointment.
  • More information

Regulations and downloads

The following forms can be found on the e-loket:

  • Activity report