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 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 Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), the Lead Agency process is limited to the Research Project 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 3 of the project funding regulations of the FWO.

In both countries the maximum project duration is 4 years.

At approximately 20 per cent, the success rate of the FWO is considerably lower than the SNSF rate.

Applications have to be submitted in English.

Submission 2018: The SNSF and the FWO have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. In 2018, Lead Agency applications with Flanders could only be submitted to the SNSF. 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 FWO.

The FWO 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, the Flemish partners need to submit a detailed budget to the FWO. The relevant form can be downloaded on the FWO website under "Regulations and Downloads".

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.

July 2018