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Research projects

The junior and senior basic research, strategic basic research and applied biomedical research projects give teams of leading researchers and their partners the opportunity to set up medium- to large-scale research actions over four years. In addition, financing is made available in the context of the actions ‘Kom op tegen Kanker' and 'JEZ!' and there are thematic calls on circular economy and Innovation in the agriculture and food sector.

Thanks to the Odysseus programme, the FWO can attract top talent from abroad who can set up a research group or line of research at a Flemish university with start-up funding for five years.


Odysseusprogramme - call open

The Odysseus programme supports outstanding researchers who have built up a career outside Flanders. The programme provides start-up funding in order to develop a research group within a Flemish university or to set up a research line and become progressively more involved in the Flemish research establishment.

SBO (Strategic Basic Research) projects - call open

The Strategic Basic Research (SBO) programme focuses on innovative research which, if scientifically successful, will create prospects for economic or societal applications.

Junior en Senior research project - call closed

The objective of the FWO's Research projects is to advance fundamental scientific research. This happens on initiative of the researcher in all scientific disciplines.

Research project JEZ! - call closed

In the context of JEZ!, the FWO supports two-year research projects on “development of young people on a physical, artistic or psychosocial level".

Research project Kom op tegen Kanker - call closed

In the context of the actie 'Kom op tegen Kanker' campaign, the FWO has a yearly budget available, to support  patient-oriented research projects with a specific scope.

Thematic call for research projects in the field of the circular economy - call closed

The research projects within the thematic call on circular economy cover innovative strategic basic research. This applies to research in all areas of science.

Thematic call for Research Projects in the field of "Innovation in the Agriculture and Food Sector" - call closed

A research project within the thematic call "Innovation in the Agriculture and Food Sector" involves innovative strategic basic research that, in case of scientific success, provides prospects for future economic or societal applications.

TBM projects (Applied Biomedical Research with a Primary Social finality) - call closed

In the long term, the TBM programme aims at contributing to the implementation of (new) therapies, diagnostic techniques and preventive methods, which, without government funding, would not make it to the patient due to a lack of industrial interest.

EOS Research project - call closed

The EOS-programme wants to promote joint research between researchers in the Flemish and French-speaking community by funding joint fundamental research projects in any scientific discipline.