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FRArt : Results of the calls for proposals

FRArt 2023 : The list of proposals accepted is available here.

The list of grants presented to you is subject to the approval of the Government Commissioner. This reservation will be lifted on May 4, 2023 and the mailings will be sent out that same day.

Opening of the call for submissions for the 2023 Nokia Bell Labs Prize

The Bell Labs Prize gives researchers around the globe the chance to collaborate with world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs researchers and to shine a spotlight on their innovations, showing their potential to manifestly change the way we live, work and communicate.

The three winners will receive awards of $100,000 (grand prize), $50,000 (second prize) and $25,000 (third prize)..

Prizes will reward novel proposals in any field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that have the potential to redefine the limits of today’s technologies and profoundly shape the future.

The deadline to enter the contest is April 21, 2023. For more information, visit the Bell Labs Prize website (lien vers https://www.bell-labs.com/collaboration-opportunities/prize/bell-labs-prize-2023/?utm_source=blp2023_email_ext&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=blp2022&utm_term=blprize&utm_content=textlink).

Talent in Demand : The Potential of Doctorate Holders… (by invitation only)

Are PhDs adequately prepared to enter the non-academic labour market? How can their knowledge and background be valorised? How can employers attract  and retain them?

The Observatory of Research and Scientific Careers-F.R.S.-FNRS and ECOOM-UGhent will address these questions on April 18 at the University Foundation. An opportunity for universities, the business world, political representatives, and researchers to get to know each other better and engage in dialogue on the topic of scientific careers and the job transition of doctorate holders.

The program is available here: https://observatoire.frs-fnrs.be/_media/the-potential-of-doctorate-holders.final-programme.pdf

The conclusions of this event will be published in due time.

In the meantime, the reports of the Observatory on the job transition of doctorate holders and the added value are available here : https://observatoire.frs-fnrs.be/publications.html


Scientific Awards AstraZeneca Foundation 2023: call for applications

  • Pathophysiology and treatment of auto-immune disease

  • Healthy aging: from physiological to psychological and ethical aspects

  • Physical, mental and social health at work 


Scientific Awards AstraZeneca Foundation

  • These 3 Awards are granted on the initiative of the AstraZeneca Foundation.
  • Amount: 25.000 €/Award. Half of the amount is awarded personally to the laureate, the other half is allocated to the laureate's laboratory. ​
  • Reward established investigators on the basis of their previous work, with a perspective of future development in the same field.

Eligible topics

One Award will be attributed in each of the following topics:

  • New developments in the pathophysiology and treatment of auto-immune disease.
  • Healthy aging: from physiological to psychological and ethical aspects.
  • Physical, mental and social health at work.

Eligibility criteria

  • ​Candidates should be active in the above mentioned fields of research, with both ongoing work related to the focus of the Awards and future prospects.
  • The Awards can only be given to individual scientists from postdoctoral level onwards who are affiliated to a Belgian university or university hospital at the deadline of the call.
  • Prior to the submission deadline, candidates must have held a research position in Belgium for at least 5 years (in a consecutive or cumulated period).
  • Candidates must have obtained their (first) PhD degree maximum 15 years prior to the call submission deadline (extended in case of eligible career breaks).
  • Personnel of the AstraZeneca Foundation or affiliated to the AstraZeneca Foundation are not eligible for the Awards.
  • Candidates may not have received an Award for the work submitted with the same amount (or higher) in the last 3 years (at the deadline of the call).
  • Candidates can only apply to one AstraZeneca Award per call.

Call schedule

  • Opening of the call: 7 April 2023
  • Deadline of the call: 12 June 2023
  • Jury meeting: October 2023

How to apply?

Applications, written in English, must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on June 12, 2023 at the latest.

The requested documents are :

  • The application form pertaining to the Award you wish to apply to (see below)
  • A detailled scientific curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
Application forms

The list of the previous laureates is available here.
Questions about the Awards should be addressed via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The first FNRS WelCHANGE call is open

This new programme provides funding for projects in Human and Social Sciences with potential societal impacts  


FNRS WelCHANGE is a new funding programme for research projects

  • carried out by a main promoter in Human and Social Sciences,
  • with potential societal impacts. 

The objective of this FNRS initiative is to enable the development of projects in strategic societal themes, such as major transitions, as well as the emergence of interdisciplinary approaches. All fields of HSS are eligible.

These projects, which may be single or multi-university, must be led by a main promoter in HSS, in possible collaboration with co-promoters in SVS or SEN.

In practice, the FNRS WelCHANGE programme offers financial support over 4 years, including operating costs, personnel costs, and small equipment. 

  • The relevant documents are available via the following link.
  • For any question related to the scope of this new programme: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • For any technical question related to the submission of an application: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Baillet Latour Biomedical Award 2024 - Cancer

On the initiative of the Baillet Latour Fund, the prestigious Baillet Latour Biomedical Award will be awarded in 2024 to independent investigators of any nationality in the early phase of their career to conduct biomedical research in Belgium and to consolidate their independent research team and program.

Baillet Latour Biomedical Award 2024

Topic of the call: "Cancer". ​

Amount: 1.000.000 € over 5 years.​​

The research project

The research project must be conducted in Belgium and pertain to basic, translational or clinical biomedical research.

Eligible expenses

Eligible expenses encompass personnel costs (excluding the salary of the PI), running costs and equipment. Overhead costs are not eligible.

Eligible candidates

Applicants must hold a PhD degree awarded no more than 12 years prior to the deadline for applications i.e. June 30th 2011 (possibly extended in case of eligible career breaks). ​

Applicants must be affiliated to a Belgian University, a Belgian University Hospital or an eligible Belgian Research Institute (see regulations). ​

Applicants must be affiliated to their Institution until June 30th, 2029.​​

Call schedule

Opening of the call: April 3rd, 2023

Deadline of the call: June 30th, 2023

First Jury meeting: January 2024

Second Jury meeting: February 2024

Start of the Award: July 1st, 2024​​

How to apply?

Applications, written in English, must be submitted via the online application system available on www.blba.be by June 30th, 2023 at the latest.

A PDF version of the application form is available here. This document only aims at providing an overview of the different sections. It should not be used to submit an application.

The complete regulations of the Baillet Latour Biomedical Award 2024 are available here.

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