Bilateral Research Cooperation South Africa – Belgium

Applications are invited for Fully funded Bilateral research cooperation from South Africa partner(s) with FWO (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), Belgium. It must be an integrated research proposal with one central problem, methodology and elaboration.

Scholarships & Jobs presents Bilateral Research Cooperation South Africa – Belgium


The FWO is keen on promoting international collaboration as a driving force for excellence. That is why the FWO signs bilateral agreements with a number of countries for the funding of joint research projects. These projects go further than the traditional exchange projects, because personnel and consumables can also be financed.

One of the selected countries is South Africa. In December 2018 the FWO renewed the MoU with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) on the funding of new research projects in fundamental research in all scientific domains.

In contrast to the regular research projects, in fundamental research no distinction is made between junior and senior research projects. In addition, it is not possible to use 10% of the budget requested at FWO for non-Flemish universities.


Recipients of Bilateral Research Cooperation will receive the following benefits:

  • Fundamental research in all scientific domains
  • Duration of the project: 03 years
  • Personnel costs and consumables applied for at FWO: minimally € 45,000 and maximally € 75,000 per year per project
  • Additional equipment/matching funding applied for at FWO: maximally € 150,000 per project


To be eligible for projects, an applicant has to meet the following:

  • The collaboration with partners from South Africa will have an added value for the project.
  • As a team of researchers you need funding for consumables, equipment and staff.
  • Your research will be carried out at an eligible Flemish main host institution, possibly in collaboration with other Flemish and/or federal research institutions.
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of a supervisor-spokesperson, possible in collaboration with other (co-)supervisors.
  • In the framework of this call with NRF, you can only act once as a principal investigator (supervisor) or co-investigator (co-supervisor).
  • All material acquired thanks to an operation or equipment grant from the FWO, shall become property of the host institution.
  • The host institution is employer of the staff remunerated in research projects.
  • No remuneration or accumulation of a remuneration is allowed for (co-)supervisors in connection with a research project.
  • Applications in the framework of this cooperation are not part of the regular project competition


The following application procedure is required by the applicant:

  • Read the guidelines for applicant carefully
  • Your joint application is submitted simultaneously at FWO (by using the online application form in the FWO E-portal) and at NRF, according to their respective modalities
  • Each supervisor and co-supervisor of both the Flemish and South African research team must have an online profile including an updated list of publications on the FWO E-portal
  • The applications are assessed for eligibility: the FWO and NRF check whether the application meets the formal requirements of the respective agency
  • You propose 10 external referees in your application (for more info on the eligibility of referees see online application form and guide for applicants). Please be aware that the proposed international referees cannot be appointed to a Belgian university, research institute or other organization. Moreover, the proposed international referees cannot be appointed to similar institutions and organizations in South Africa. Please note that there also cannot be a Conflict of Interest (CoI) with the South African partner(s)
  • Your application is presented to a number of these referees for evaluation
  • An ad hoc joint interdisciplinary panel consisting of Flemish and South African experts evaluates all applications
  • The FWO and NRF ratify the funding decision
  • Afterwards you will receive feedback on this decision

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Scholarships & Jobs presents Bilateral Research Cooperation South Africa – Belgium

Bilateral Research Cooperation South Africa provided funding of new research projects in fundamental research scientific domains at Flemish Institute, Belgium.
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Institute Name: FWO
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Country: Belgium
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