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.

Submission: The SNSF and the FWO have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. The next submission is possible in 2021.

If you submit an application under the Lead Agency process to a foreign partner organization which serves as Lead Agency or as part of an ERA-NET call, you have to complete the DMP on mySNF once the project is approved, regardless of whether a DMP is requested by the foreign partner organization/by the consortium. The DMP covers all research data which are generated or used during the project and has to comply with the SNSF Open Research Data Policy.

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.