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 fundamental 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

As well as the evangelical Protestant Faculty in Leuven, the Faculty for Protestant Theology in Brussels, the Maritime Academy, the Vlerick Business School and the Antwerp Management School, and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, possibly in collaboration with a Flemish or Federal scientific institution and/or Flemish higher education institution.

In both countries the maximum project duration is 4 years.

At approximately 22.5 per cent, the success rate of the FWO is considerably lower than the SNSF rate. The FWO success rate will be applied in the evaluation.

Applications have to be submitted in English.

The data management plan (DMP) covers all research data generated or used during the project. 

Submission 2020: The SNSF and the FWO have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. In 2020, Lead Agency applications with Flanders can only be submitted to the SNSF.  

Deadline for submission at the SNSF: 1 April 2020, 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 (2019) application round, are not eligible to submit an SNSF-FWO project in 2020.

The FWO stipulates that Belgian researchers whose application was approved in 2020 must start their project in January 2021. 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.