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The FNRS builds links with Germany (DFG) and Flanders (FWO) through the Weave initiative.

From 2022 onwards, new opportunities for cooperation with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany) and the FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) will be offered to French-speaking Belgian researchers within the European initiative Weave "Research Funding Without Borders". This initiative, of which the FNRS is a founding member, brings together several European research funding agencies that have decided to open their project funding instruments to each other.

Researchers from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, who could already apply to the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), will therefore be able to apply to the FWO and the DFG with a consortium of up to three Weave partners from 2022. Similarly, it will be possible to form bi- or trilateral proposals with DFG, FNR, FWO and SNSF in the next F.R.S.-FNRS PDR call in 2022.

Information F.R.S.-FNRS: https://www.frs-fnrs.be/fr/financements/credits-et-projets#pdr-weave

Information Weave: www.weave-research.net


Information session for Belgian researchers: January 14, 2022 at 10am.

What is Weave and why are various European funders joining this initiative? How can Weave facilitate scientific collaboration between researchers from the French Community and Flanders? What other bi- and trilateral opportunities are available to Belgian researchers under Weave? What are the conditions, procedures and deadlines?

The FNRS and the FWO are pleased to invite you to a virtual information session on January 14, 2022 starting at 10:00 am. During this session, the cooperation opportunities for Belgian researchers within Weave will be presented. This presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. You can register via this link. For more information, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Through the FRFS-WELBIO, Wallonia grants significant means over several years to WELBIO Investigators to enable them to develop ambitious research programs and thus achieve new scientific breakthroughs.

These programs represent a pillar of the WELBIO Investigators' laboratory and are flexible to allow them to adapt the orientation of their work if necessary.

WELBIO Investigators must demonstrate scientific excellence, knowledge of the medical and technological needs in their field, and a willingness to seek opportunities for application of their discoveries.

  • Call opening: October 12, 2021
  • Closing of the call: November 25, 2021
  • Project evaluation stages: December 2021 - March 2022
  • FRFS Board of Directors: April 2022
  • Start of projects: June 1, 2022
Call Instruments:

The FRFS-WELBIO call allows to apply for funding via 2 instruments:

  • Starting: allows to apply for a funding of 200 k€ per year maximum
  • Advanced: allows to apply for a maximum of 350 k€ per year

The FRFS-WELBIO research programs are for 4 years. They are renewable every 4 years on the positive opinion of the Scientific Commission.

Each 4 years program is agreed in 2 periods of 2 years of financing. The renewal after the first two years is administrative.


All regulatory details and useful documents are now available:

  • Mini-guide call 2021 FR / EN
  • Regulations 2021 FR / EN

Quinquennial Prizes 2020 of the F.R.S.-FNRS

On October 4, 2021, in the presence of H.M. the King, a ceremony was held at Bozar to award the 2020 Quinquennial Prizes.

  • The Prize in Clinical Biomedical Sciences (Joseph Maisin Scientific Prize) was awarded to Patrizio Lancellotti, Professor at the University of Liège and Director of the Cardiology Department of the University Hospital of Liège, for his major contribution in the field of valvular heart diseases.
  • The Prize in Basic Biomedical Sciences (Joseph Maisin Scientific Prize) was awarded to Jean-François Collet, Professor at the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain and co-Director of the de Duve Institute, who has uncovered new fundamental cellular mechanisms.
  • The Prize in Humanities and Social Sciences (Ernest-John Solvay Scientific Prize) was awarded to Vassilis Saroglou, Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain, for his bold and innovative work in the field of the psychology of religions.
  • The Prize in Applied Exact Sciences (Dr. A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize) was awarded to Jean-Christophe Charlier, Professor at the Polytechnic of the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain, for his founding work on graphene.
  • The Prize in Fundamental Exact Sciences (Dr. A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize) was awarded to Véronique Dehant, Head of Department at the Royal Observatory of Belgium and Professor Extraordinary at the UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain, whose discoveries have favored numerous space missions.

Download the booklet (only in FR).


Scientific Award AstraZeneca Foundation – Gene editing as a therapeutic approach - Extension of deadline

The FNRS and the FWO will award the AstraZeneca Foundation Science Awards in 2021. These Prizes will reward established researchers in three fields of Life Sciences and Health.

For the Gene editing as a therapeutic approach Prize, an extension of the deadline is planned for September 6, 2021.

Amount : 25.000 €/Prize. Half of the amount is awarded personally to the laureate, the other half is awarded to his laboratory.

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3rd call between the Fonds de Recherche du Québec and the F.R.S.-FNRS launched!

The F.R.S.-FNRS and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) are launching their third bilateral call for research projects. This joint research program aims to create a leverage effect for scientific excellence and to bring researchers from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Quebec to develop innovative joint research projects. The projects must not only bring together researchers from different research environments, disciplines and expertise to work together using a range of cutting-edge approaches and technologies, but must also be structured in such a way as to provide original added value that the researchers, funded by each of the funding agencies, could not achieve alone.

This is a two-stage call with a closing date for pre-proposals on September 28, 2021 (4:00 p.m., Montreal time) with the Fonds de la Santé (FRQS), the fund managing the call. The principal investigator from Quebec must submit his or her proposal in the FRQ's e-Portfolio.

Teams must be composed of a minimum of 3 people, 1 principal investigator from Quebec, 1 co-investigator from Quebec and 1 principal promoter from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

The F.R.S.-FNRS and the FRQ plan to fund a maximum of 6 joint research projects submitted to this call (grant amount: F.R.S.-FNRS: up to a maximum of 75 000 € / year over 3 years; FRQ: up to a maximum of 100 000 $ CAD / year over 3 years).

All the information and practical details concerning this call can be found on the F.R.S.-FNRS website on the page dedicated to the F.R.S.-FNRS - FRQ (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - Québec) collaborative research.

Opening of the FRIA and FRESH 2021 calls

The calls FRIA and FRESH 2021 are opened on e-space. Find more informations below. 


  • Mini-guide call 2021 FR / EN
  • Regulations FR / EN
  • Guide of juries FRIA FR / EN


  • Mini-guide call 2021 FR / EN
  • Regulations FR / EN
  • Guide des juries FRESH FR

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