Research Project “Belgian Red Cross-Flanders”


In the context of the campaigns of the “Rode Kruis Vlaanderen” (Belgian Red Cross-Flanders) the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) provides up to €475,000 of funding in support of two-year research projects on the social and medical aspects of (blood) donorship in the broadest sense.

Belgian Red Cross-Flanders is an independent humanitarian organisation that forms part of the International Red Cross Federation. One of the basic principles is the provision of high quality first aid based on scientific evidence. The R&D activities of Belgian Red Cross-Flanders focus on the following three research areas: (i) First aid education, (ii) Disaster preparedness and response, and (iii) (Blood) donorship. These three areas have one underlying theme, notably 'pre-hospital care', which remains poorly investigated from a scientific perspective.  To enable Belgian Red Cross-Flanders to offer professional and effective first aid, investments in the scientific underpinning of techniques and practices for these areas, are being made on a daily basis.

With this call, the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, together with the FWO, wants to support fundamental research that may contribute to a better knowledge of (blood) donorship in the broadest sense. Projects under this call may employ a primarily sociological, economic, psychological or theological/philosophical approach, but may also address in detail the medical aspects of blood donation and donorship in the broadest sense.


  • Call opening date: 18 January 2016
  • Project duration: 2 years
  • Staff and consumables:  minimum €45,000 - maximum €130,000
  • Additional equipment / matching funding:  maximum €150,000
  • Theme: Blood donation and donorship in the broadest sense
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: November 2016
  • Start of project: 01 January 2017

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and personnel grants.
  • The research will be carried out at a university in the Flemish Community or at officially registered higher education institutions that can award a PhD degree, or at one of the following institutions:
    • Vlerick Business School (VLERICK)
    • Antwerp Management School (UAMS)
    • Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG)
    • Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB)
    • Institute for European Studies (IES)
    • Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS)
    • Antwerp Maritime Academy (Nautical Sciences)
  • Where appropriate, the research project can be done in collaboration with Flemish or federal scientific institutions.
  • Your research will focus on the theme of Blood donation and donorship in the broadest sense.
  • Your research project will be carried out under the direction of a supervisor, possibly in collaboration with one or more co-supervisors.
  • All material acquired under a bench fee or equipment grant of the FWO shall become the property of the university.
  • The host institution is the employer of staff remunerated under research projects.
  • Supervisors and co-supervisors are not allowed any remuneration or accumulation with a remuneration under a research project.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause
  • Take a look at the different research projects you can apply for in 2016


  • You propose a list of 10 external referees; eligibility criteria apply to these referees; see the regulations on internal and external peer review.
  • Your application is submitted to a number of these referees for evaluation.
  • An FWO jury evaluates the applications. 
  • The Jury reports to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Board of Trustees decides on the appointment.
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.
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