Belgium (Flanders): FWO

Name of Funding agency

The Research Foundation - Flanders

Geographical coverage (national/regional)

Regional (Flanders)

Name of the programme/initiative

European framework programme – ERA-NET

Programme website

Programme owner


Program manager (executing funding organisation)


Contact person(s) (e-mail, tel.)

Toon Monbaliu

Adviser Research Affairs - +32 (0)2 550 15 70

Funding Commitment

700.000 EUR

Anticipated number of fundable research partners


Maximum funding per grant awarded to a partner

350.000 EUR (overhead included) per project/consortium as a whole.

Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

1-5 (also depending on the selected FWO funding channel (i.e. FO (low TRL) or SBO (higher TRL))

Funding rates (approx.)


Major eligibility criteria
(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restriction, cost types and caps)


Both the FWO Strategic Basic Research (SBO) and junior/senior research project (FO) funding channels are integrated in this call, each with specific regulations. It is, in the light of the projects eligibility, of utmost importance to respect their particular regulations. For example when it comes to the mandatory valorisation aspect for the SBO projects (see ‘additional conditions for FWO funding’ below).

Who can be eligible for FWO funding?

The eligibility of institutions and its researchers can be verified in the relevant regulations:

à For junior/senior research projects, see articles 10-12

à For Strategic Basic Research, see articles 4-8

Additional conditions for FWO funding:

1)     When the strategic basic research channel (SBO) would be the appropriate source of funding (strategic research with strong valorisation component), we ask researchers to provide us with a mandatory ‘valorisation plan’ before the pre-proposal submission deadline. There is no fixed format and one A4 page should suffice. What the FWO wants to know is i) how the valorisation within Flanders - and potentially internationally – will take place and ii) which Flemish actors (specific) are involved in this. This information can be submitted to the general email address. Non-compliance may lead to ineligibility.


2)     SBO projects aiming at the development of a spin-off company are not eligible here.


3)     Researchers have to inform the central research coordination units, at their host institutions, about their participation.


4)     One and the same researcher can only participate in 2 different research projects/consortia when applying for FWO funding, within the same call. Double funding is not allowed.


5)     Projects may last up to 36 months, which implies the funding has to be budgeted and spent accordingly.


ERA-NET participation does not interfere with the ‘regular’ project submission framework, and is consequently not taken into account for calculating the max. available number of new applications and running projects combined.

Eligibility of costs

The regular FWO cost categories from the (junior/senior) research project’ or SBO project funding channels are eligible:

The maximum requested budget per project amounts to 350.000 EUR (incl. overhead). Beware, the funding rules differ per FWO funding channel (FO and SBO):

- FO: a 6% structural overhead should be calculated on the direct costs. E.g., a practical example: when the sum of all costs (personnel, consumables, travel, etc.) amounts to 300.000 EUR, then the overhead will be 18.000 EUR (6% of 300.000 EUR) and the total requested cost 318.000 EUR. This total requested cost may never exceed 350.000 EUR (for further detailed financial information, see chapters 6, 7 and 8 in the project regulations).

- SBO: The SBO cost model applies. A maximum 17% overhead rate is applicable.


Submission of the proposal at national/regional level (schedule, cut-off dates, deadlines, etc.)

No submission at the national/regional level is required. However, if SBO, a valorisation plan has to be submitted before the pre-proposal submission deadline.

Submission of financial and scientific reports at the national/regional level

- Scientific reporting according to the M-ERA.NET 3 requirements.

- Financial reporting according to the standard junior/senior (FO) or SBO project regulations, dependent on the chosen channel.

Further guidance

It is always strongly advised to contact the FWO before submission, in order to verify the eligibility of the researchers and avoid ineligible projects/research consortia.