Generet Award for Rare Diseases

03/05/2021 Generet Award for Rare Diseases

On the initiative of the Fund Generet, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, the call of the prestigious Generet Award for Rare Diseases will be opened in 2021 for the fourth time to support a research project in the field of rare diseases.

  • Amount: 1.000.000 € over 4 years. A first instalment of 500.000 € will be credited for 2 years. The second instalment of 500.000 € will be subjected to the positive evaluation of a mid-term scientific, financial and communication report
  • Rare diseases are considered to be life threatening or chronic conditions which affect no more than 1 person out of 2.000
  • Rare cancers and rare adverse drug events research projects are not eligible

The Research project

  • The research project must be conducted in Belgium in the field of rare diseases
  • The research project should aim at a better understanding of the processes underpinning rare diseases and translating fundamental discoveries into better prevention, diagnosis or treatment for patients. Research can encompass all stages from bench to bedside
  • Translational approach, multidisciplinarity and international collaboration are considered as valuable assets for a successful research project
  • In case of international collaboration, the researcher working in the Belgian Institution must remain the coordinator of the project

Eligible expenses

  • Eligible expenses encompass personnel costs, running costs and equipment
  • Up to 30% of the Award's amount can be outsourced for supporting international expenses (personnel and running costs)

Eligible candidates

  • Candidates must be internationally established investigators, with outstanding scientific achievements and multiple seminal contributions to our understanding of health and disease
  • The Award is open to scientists with or without a track record in the field or rare diseases, but the research project must be in the field of rare diseases
  • Candidates must hold a PhD or have at least 4 years of equivalent research experience in a relevant field
  • Candidates must be affiliated to a Belgian University, a Belgian University Hospital or an eligible Research Institute
  • Candidates must be affiliated to their institution until December 31st, 2025
  • Candidates must not reach the retirement limit during the project timeframe

How to apply

Applications, written in English, must be submitted via the online application system available on www.generetaward.be on May 3rd, 2021 at the latest.