Lead Agency process with Belgium (Wallonia)

Under the Lead Agency process, a joint application by researchers in Switzerland and the French-speaking part of Belgium can be submitted to one of the two national research funding organisations. The submission process is governed by the provisions in force at the relevant organisation.

At the Fonds de la recherche scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS), the Lead Agency process is limited to the funding scheme Projet de recherches (PDR).

You can submit projects in collaboration with researchers from the following universities:

  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • Université de Liège (ULiège)
  • Université de Mons (UMons)
  • Université de Namur (UNamur)
  • Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles (USL-B)

The latest version of the rules and regulations of the PDR instrument on the F.R.S-FNRS website.


In both countries the maximum project duration is 4 years.

With a success rate of approximately 20 per cent, the F.R.S.-FNRS rate is considerably lower than the SNSF rate.

Submission 2019: The SNSF and the F.R.S.-FNRS have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. In 2019, Lead Agency applications with Wallonia could only be submitted to the F.R.S.-FNRS. No further applications can be submitted this year. The next submission deadline is expected to be in April 2019, submissions will be made to the SNSF.

The F.R.S.-FNRS stipulates that Belgian researchers whose application was approved in 2019 must start their project in January 2020. Even though the Swiss partners are allowed to choose their own starting date within a year of the funding decision, the SNSF recommends that the different research groups coordinate the starting phase.

July 2018