Scientific Research Network


This grant supports researchers with the coordination of Scientific Research Networks. (These are international networks of researchers that encourage national and international cooperation as from a postdoctoral level onwards.)

These virtual research groups are set up through efficient coordination and intensive collaboration at (inter)national level. They prevent dual usage and provide researchers (from a postdoctoral level onwards) with more development opportunities. A scientific research network places the research of individual and complementary research departments in a wider framework.


  • Duration of projects: 5 years, renewable.
  • Annual bench fee: maximum 12,500 EUR.
  • Unused funds will be returned to the FWO.
  • The funding is to be used exclusively for:
    • the organization of guest lectures, symposia and scientific collaboration visits from a postdoctoral level onwards;
    • travel and accommodation expenses of foreigners;
    • fees for established researchers from outside the Flemish Community;
    • travel and accommodation expenses of researchers from a postdoctoral level onwards affiliated to the Flemish research departments of the Scientific Research Network, in charge of carrying out information-gathering activities in foreign research departments;
    • secretarial costs for organizing guest colleges, a limited number of symposia, workshops and research coordination meetings;
  • Other expenses subject to prior consent by the FWO.
  • Participation of junior research groups and a gender balance are encouraged.
  • Deadline for submission: 1st of October 2020 (5 pm Belgian time)

Profile and conditions

  • A Scientific Research Network consists at least of:
    • three research units from at least two eligible host institutions within the Flemish Community (see regulations Article 2);
    • minimum two research groups from the French Community and/or from abroad
  • One of the Flemish research units acts as the core group. This unit must enjoy an international reputation for its high-quality outstanding scientific research.
  • A research unit is only allowed to act as core group for a single ongoing Scientific Research Network. 
  • A research unit can apply once as a core group in each application round.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause.


  • Applications must be submitted by e-mail to before the 1st of October (5:00 PM) of the year preceding the start year, using the appropriate application form (see below under ‘Regulations and downloads’). The head of the core group shall send a copy of the application to the rector/head of the host institution.
  • The Cross-Domain Panel (GOP) will evaluate the new applications for Scientific Research Networks and will advise the board of trustees.
  • The board of trustees decides on the allocation of the funding.

Regulations and downloads