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

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. The call will be launched in May, and the deadline for submission will be in July 2019.

The F.R.S.-FNRS stipulates that Belgian researchers whose application was approved in 2018 must start their project in January 2019. 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.

If the SNSF acts as Lead Agency, Belgian applicants are requested to also submit the application at the F.R.S.-FNRS. To secure Sémaphore access for submitting applications, they need to write an e- mail to credits-projets@frs-fnrs.be mentioning the first names, last names, e-mail addresses and institutions of all the applicants.

If you are planning to submit your Lead Agency proposal in a language other than English (only possible in certain disciplines of the humanities and social sciences), you will need to discuss this with all of the involved agencies in advance.

As the F.R.S.-FNRS does not request a data management plan (DMP), you need to complete the DMP data container on mySNF. The DMP covers all research data which are generated or used during the project.

July 2018