A selection of researchers and projects based on scientific excellence
The image of excellence associated with the F.R.S.-FNRS results from the rigorous calls and evaluations methods that are used to select the best projects and researchers for funding.
Since 2010 and following the reform of its evaluation procedures, the F.R.S.-FNRS has acquired an internationally renowned expertise in peer review and the organisation of evaluations procedures in compliance with the relevant international standards.
Every year, the F.R.S.-FNRS organises several calls for proposals covering all scientific fields (Life and Health Sciences, Exact and Natural Sciences, Human and Social Sciences). Most calls are designed with a “bottom up” approach, as part of initiatives being put forward by the researchers themselves, based on their research proposal, without any specific orientation. Other calls from the Specialised Associated Funds are more likely to be organised with a “top-down” approach, with broad research topics in mind, and addressing either societal needs or explicit prospects of potential ground-breaking innovations.
The selection procedures are based on an international peer review evaluation process, remotely at first and then within the 18 Scientific Commissions. Each Scientific Commission is composed of 15 members, 9 of whom, including the president, are experts coming from out of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation WBF.
FRIA (Fund for Research Training in Industry and Agriculture) and FRESH (Human Sciences Research Fund) grantees are selected following candidates' interviews held by juries. Regarding the FRIA calls, each jury consists in one member from a non-university institution (research centre or industry) as well as 6 to 8 members from WBF universities.
Through its Analysis, Evaluation and Foresight department, the F.R.S.-FNRS continuously updates the experts’ database to improve the overall scientific level of the selected experts as well as increase the proportion of specialised experts (vs non- or semi-specialised) given the assigned applications that they review. The main evaluation criteria are the excellence of the researchers and the scientific excellence of the research project.
Moreover, the department aims to achieve a reasonable level of turnover among the first-stage experts. The F.R.S.-FNRS also ensures to take into account the gender balance when it comes to internal procedures for the selection of experts.
Call for experts
The F.R.S.-FNRS is permanently looking for motivated scientific experts to participate in its various evaluation procedures. The Fund gathers several thousands of remote evaluations per year and also manages dozens of juries and scientific commissions. A large number of these evaluations are remunerated.
Are you or have you been a researcher? Do you have a scientific expertise and wish to be involved in the evaluation of funding applications on behalf of the F.R.S.-FNRS? You can apply as an expert through the E-Space online platform (https://e-space.frs-fnrs.be). After creating an account, please follow the instructions on-screen to enter all your information.
It is very important that you carefully and comprehensively fill in the form since the F.R.S.-FNRS will potentially contact you to review funding applications based on the encoded information. Note that since 2019, all the remote evaluations carried out for the F.R.S.-FNRS are processed through the E-Space platform (https://e-space.frs-fnrs.be).