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What we do

The purpose of the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.–FNRS) is to develop fundamental scientific research within the framework of initiatives presented by researchers. It encourages the production and development of knowledge by both supporting individual researchers, and also by financing research programmes conducted in the laboratories and facilities mostly located in the universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

Founded on the sole principal of scientific excellence, the financial support of the F.R.S.-FNRS comes in several forms:

  • temporary or permanent remuneration of individual researchers, 
  • funding of research teams, 
  • participation in international networks and programmes, 
  • allocation of grants and credits which promote scientific exchange, 
  • awarding scientific prizes.

The F.R.S.-FNRS is also responsible for informing researchers about and encouraging them to participate in the European research and innovations programmes with which the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is involved.

The strategic plan of the F.R.S.-FNRS


Following on from Phare I, Phare II and Phare 20-25, the FNRS has adopted its new five-year strategic plan, Phare 100, which sets its sights on 2028, the year of its 100th anniversary, and commits it to mobilizing the energies and developing the synergies needed to decisively accelerate scientific development in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. This is essential to help meet the unprecedented challenges facing our societies.

With Phare 100, the FNRS is committed to increasing its investment in research along 4 axes, aimed at meeting the needs of researchers and society, and encouraging creative, innovative, daring and competitive research. More info... (PDF version)


The 90th anniversary of the F.R.S.-FNRS represents an important message for current and future generations: one of determination, high standards and excellence.
Véronique Halloin, Secretary General of the F.R.S.-FNRS

Interview of @VHalloin in @LaLibre

Our job at the #FNRS is the selection and funding of fundamental research, which means managing more than 2 000 scientists, at various stages in their careers and from all the scientific disciplines.

Extract 1 - Extract 2 (La Libre Belgique, 13 November 2018, only in FR)

Our funders

Contact us

Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS

Rue d’Egmont 5

B - 1000 Bruxelles

Tél : +32 2 504 92 11

BE55 0016 0000 0044

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