3 companies with a passion for research testify about their cooperation with the FWO.

Through the patronage of the Foundation AstraZeneca, the FWO, together with the FNRS, annually awards a scientific prize to an original clinical study that contributes to advances in the field of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). For the evaluation of the prize worth €25,000 AstraZeneca relies on the expertise of the FWO.

 “The FWO and the FRNS-FNRS are scientific institutes with a long-standing tradition which we can confidently entrust with the selection of the winners of these scientific prizes. Their independent choice based on excellence and peer review allows us to reward the most relevant researcher."

Professor Marc Decraemer, president of the AstraZeneca Foundation

IBM Belgium and the FWO have organised the Scientific Prize IBM Belgium for informatics since 1975. This Prize is awarded in recognition of the best PhD thesis that presents an original contribution to informatics or its applications Both the FWO and IBM Belgium thus confirm the importance of informatics in our society and in the business environment. This research leads to new methods for efficiency and effectiveness, but also to the creation of new services and business models in our region.

“IBM Belgium is active and provides consultancy in the overlapping area of technology and business, so it is of vital importance for us to support well-founded research in informatics. With this prize the company contributes to strengthening the know-how and creativity in our region. In this way, we encourage top research with real applications in industry and society.”

Hans Van Mingroot, business development and academic relations for Belgium and Luxembourg IBM Belgium

Through the patronage of Alcatel-Lucent Bell, the FWO/FNRS has since 1982 awarded the "Scientific Prize Alcatel-Lucent Bell’ in recognition of an original PhD thesis on information and communication technology, concepts or applications.

“Alcatel-Lucent is convinced that students, with their innovative approach, can make a valuable contribution to the ICT sector. Our Bell Labs have long been pioneers in innovation, and with this annual Scientific Prize Alcatel-Lucent Bell wants to bring the university community and the industry closer together. The joint striving for technological advance raises innovation in Belgium to a higher level.”

Marnix Botte, VP Bell Labs Benelux