Lead Agency process with Belgium (Flanders)

Under the Lead Agency process, a joint application by researchers in Switzerland and the Flemish part of Belgium can be submitted to the Swiss or Flemish research funding organisations. The submission process is governed by the provisions in force at the relevant organisation.

At the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), the Lead Agency process is limited to the Junior and Senior Research projects programme.

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

  • KU Leuven
  • University of Gent
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • University of Antwerp
  • Hasselt University

Other institutions that participate in the scheme are mentioned in Article 7 of the project funding regulations of the FWO.

In both countries the maximum project duration is 4 years.

At approximately 25 per cent, the success rate of the FWO is considerably lower than the SNSF rate.

Applications have to be submitted in English.

Submission 2019: The SNSF and the FWO have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. In 2019, the FWO will act as a Lead Agency, regardless of whether the larger portion of the project budget is requested in Switzerland or in Flanders.

Deadline for submission at the FWO: 1 April 2019, 17.00

Flemish main applicants that were awarded a regular FWO research project (including the Lead Agency projects with Slovenia, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland) in the previous (2018) application round, are not eligible to submit an SNSF-FWO project in 2019.

The FWO 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.

The FWO also requires a data management plan (DMP) at the time of submission. If the FWO acts as Lead Agency, the data container DMP on mySNF allows you to select the option "The DMP is already required by the partner agency"; simply upload the DMP you submitted to the FWO under "Other annexes". The DMP covers all research data which are generated or used during the project.

The Swiss researchers also need to submit the application to the SNSF via the mySNF platform for administrative reasons by 1 April 2019, 17.00. Please enter the project partners abroad as other applicants. Enter the budget of the Swiss subproject in the data container "Requested funding". For the budget abroad, fill in the budget form and upload it to the data container "Lead Agency and other agreements". You have to submit the same research plan you submitted to the funding organisation abroad. The CVs and documents listing the research output of the Swiss partners have to be submitted according to SNSF guidelines; the corresponding documents of the partners abroad are not required.


July 2018