interdisciplinary research projects

The budgets for interdisciplinary research projects have a standard duration of 48 months. The objective is to enable a consortium, consisting of two professors, to establish a joint interdisciplinary research project. Promoters, with a different field of research, work together on the same research topic, which is studied from different perspectives

Start and duration

The projects start on 1 October 2018 the earliest and have a duration of 4 years.

Who can apply?

The call is open to the following categories of promoters connected to Ghent University:

  1. a member of the tenured academic staff (Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel)
  2. a visiting professor with (at least) a research assignment
  3. a senior assistant, senior lector, assistant professor, associate professor, full professor or senior full professor within the integration framework at Ghent University who holds a PhD degree

Who cannot apply?

  1. Holders of Methusalem-funding.
  2. GOA projects ending after 31 December 2019: Promoters of a GOA with an end date after 31 December 2019 cannot apply for an interdisciplinary research project.
  3. Interdisciplinary research projects: promoters of a BOF interdisciplinary research project awarded in 2016 (starting date 1 October 2016) cannot apply for a new interdisciplinary research project.

Additional regulations

    • A promoter can be involved in only one application for an interdisciplinary research project.

    • Only proposals with a clearly and unarguably interdisciplinary and concerted nature will be taken into consideration for funding.  The concerted nature of the project is reflected by the fact that the research must be carried out in an integrated way and cannot be divided into two monodisciplinary lines of research which are each supervised by one of the promoters. This needs to be clearly indicated in the project proposal.. Furthermore, the promoters have to define their fields of research on the basis of 3 FWO discipline codes. This will be used to verify if the promoters belong to research domains that are sufficiently distinct from one another.

How to apply?

  • The project proposals must be submitted on the form on the bottom of this page. Please send a PDF version of the application form by mail to
  • The project proposals can be submitted either in Dutch or English.
  • The applications will be evaluated by a special evaluation committee for interdisciplinary research,.
  • The evaluation will take place in 2 steps. In the first phase, the level of interdisciplinarity of the proposals is evaluated. In a second phase the scientific value of the project proposal and the quality of the consortium are evaluated.

Criteria of evaluation

Preselection: selection based on the level of interdisciplinarity. The following criteria are used:

  1. The disciplines and the kinds of expertise that are brought together in the proposal are dissimilar from one another. For both disciplines, a broad definition rather than a narrow one must be given. To verify whether the research disciplines of the promoters are sufficiently dissimilar, in first instance, the FWO discipline codes are compared. Secondly, the committee examines whether the codes correspond with the content of the project proposal.
  2. The input of expertise, knowledge and methodology from both disciplines must be equally essential in order to carry out the proposed research. The research project can only be carried out in an integrated, concerted way and cannot be split up into 2 separated research lines. One discipline cannot be an auxiliary science for the other.
  3. The results of the interdisciplinary research lead to new scientific insights in both disciplines or contribute to the development of a new field of study.

Final selection: selection based on the scientific value of the project proposal and the quality of the consortium 

  1. scientific criteria for the project proposal:
    1. Innovative nature of the project
    2. Well described research objectives and methodology
    3. Coherence of the project
  2. criteria concerning the quality of the research group(s)
    1. Evidence of the "state of the art" knowledge in both fields of research
    2. Expertise and competence of the promoters in their respective fields of research
    3. Coherence of the proposed consortium
    4. International scientific recognition of the promoters
    5. Output based on former research, with special attention for publications with international visibility and PhD’s.


  • Promoters can apply for a budget of maximum €400.000.
  • The funding can be used for personnel, operational and/ or equipment costs.


 8 februari 2018


Preselection: results online 27 April 2018

Final selection: results online 15 June 2018



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