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Objective

In the context of JEZ!, the FWO provides up to € 896,226 (excluding overhead) to support two-year research projects on “development of young people on a physical, artistic or psychosocial level". Project proposals are preferably aimed at generating new knowledge that can contribute to the development of tools to enable teachers, sports clubs, cultural associations or youth workers to optimally support the development of young people. Within JEZ! research projects, young people or their representatives should be involved as stakeholders, both during the project genesis and during the implementation of the project.

JEZ! is the new youth collective of VTM, Qmusic, HLN and Belfius. The youth collective JEZ! strives to place young people back in the heart of society, to connect them and to give them a voice and a face. The JEZ! fund was set up at the King Baudouin Foundation to manage the proceeds of the fundraising in the context of JEZ!.

With this call, JEZ!, together with the FWO, wants to support fundamental scientific research on the physical, artistic or psychosocial development of young people

Important dates

  • 15 January 2024: call opens
  • March 2024: internal deadlines at host institution (contact the responsible department of the host institution in a timely manner for the transfer of the application between supervisor-spokesperson and host institution)
  • 2 April 2024 at 5.00 pm: call closes (final submission date via FWO e-portal by main host institution)
  • 9-20 September 2024: rebuttal phase (in writing)
    • 20 September 2024 at 23h59: end of rebuttal phase (final submission date via FWO e-portal by promoter-spokesperson)
  • October 2024: jury meeting
  • 19 December 2024: announcement of results
  • 1 January 2025: start project
  • January 2025: feedback is sent to supervisor-spokesperson

Features

  • Period: 2 years
  • Staff and consumables: at least €50,000 per year for the entire project (including all partners) and at most €145,000 per year per participating institution, with the exception of the non-Flemish partners, who may receive up to 10% of the total budget for the project.
  • Equipment: maximum €150,000 per project
  • Theme: development of young people on a physical, artistic or psychosocial level
  • NOTE: the humanitarian research projects, such as these in the scope of JEZ!, differ in some substantial aspects from the fundamental research projects of FWO; e.g.:
    • These projects will NOT distinguish between a junior or a senior project type;
    • These projects will NOT be taken into account for calculating the maximum of 2 projects for which one can be (co)-supervisor at a given time;
    • A specific jury of scientific experts composed by FWO will evaluate your application; it is not necessary to select a panel yourself from the regular FWO expert panels.
  • Success rate: 14,5% (2023)

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need funding for consumables, equipment and/or 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); 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).
  • Emeriti with 10% paid appointment can only act as co-supervisor.
  • All material acquired with a grant for consumables/equipment of the FWO shall become the property of the university. If you want to use core facilities during the execution of your project, do make sure that the fees for that use are budgeted correctly in the consumables expenditure category.
  • 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.

Procedure

  • You submit your proposal online
  • For the collaboration between institutions, consent is given in one of three ways:
    • Partners who can also be main host institution: their consent is sent directly to FWO.
    • Flemish partners who cannot be main host institution: the supervisor-spokesperson collects the signed forms of consent from all these partners. 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 declarations from these institutions have to be uploaded as an attachment to the application form. Download the template for this declaration.
    • Non-Flemish partners: a collaboration agreement has to be made at latest 9 months after the start of the project and is stored by the Flemish main host institution.
  • 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 will be given the opportunity to react on the comments of the external referees and internal (members FWO expert panels) evaluation reports between September 9 and 20 2024. The supervisor-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 – this is the e-mail address by which the application is submitted to the supervisor-spokesperson’s main host institution. An invitation will be sent to this email address. Please also check your spam folder to make sure you do not miss this important message.

    If you have not received a message from FWO by 9 September 2024, the FWO should be informed as soon as possible.

    Team members involved in an application are strongly advised to make arrangements regarding the composition and submission of the rebuttal in case the promoter-spokesperson is not able to complete this task because of force-majeure. In any case, ‘force-majeure’ has to be proven by medical attestation or other relevant official documents.
  • A dedicated jury of scientific experts evaluates your application.
  • The jury reports to the board of trustees.
  • The board of trustees takes the final decision.
  • Afterwards you will receive feedback on your application.

Documents and additional information for applicants

Contact

Contact gm@fwo.be for requesting additional info and for specific questions

For technical (IT) problems regarding e-portal and application modules send an email to the IT helpdesk: FWOhelpdesk@fwo.be

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

The application form for this support programme has been amended in 2022 to give more attention to increasingly diverse 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 etc.), the section ‘other output and impact’ in the CV template is extended, a ‘research statement’ is introduced combining the sections ‘short CV’ and ‘career path’, thus 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, as well as 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 the abovementioned amendments is to give researchers the opportunity to demonstrate a range of scientifically relevant activities, skills, experiences and achievements. FWO is thus following an international trend away from a one-sided focus on ‘traditional’ output criteria (such as publications, bibliometrics, patents etc.) towards a broader vision of what science can be and accomplish, respecting 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/sex and diversity’ have been taken into account in the research approach and another about the involvement of societal 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 and understanding of these aspects.