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

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Start and duration

  • Period: 4 years
  • Funding: maximum €420.000. The funding can be used for personnel, operational and/ or equipment costs
  • Results online: preselection 29 April 2020 - end selection 18 June 2020
  • Start project: 1 October 2020
  • Deadline: 10 February 2020

 

Specifications

  • 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;
  • Through an interdisciplinary research project, financial support can be granted for personnel, operating and/or equipment costs. The project has a duration of 48 months. This amounts to a budget of maximum €420.000;
  • This call will be launched every two years;

  • 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 discipline codes. This will be used to verify if the promoters belong to research domains that are sufficiently distinct from one another.

Who can apply?

A consortium of 2 promoters with a different research field can apply for an interdisciplinary research project. One or more copromoters are allowed but not obligated.

Conditions for (co-)promotership

How to apply

  • project proposals must be submitted on the forms provided and sent by mail to
  • deadline 10 February 2020, 23:59
  • project proposals can be submitted in either Dutch or English

 

Apply for an interdisciplinary research project

 

Additional information for applicants

 

Evaluation

The applications will be evaluated by a special evaluation committee for interdisciplinary research, which will give advice to the Research Council.

This evaluation will take place in 2 steps.

  1. Preselection based on the level of interdisciplinarity > results online on 29 April 2020
  2. Final selection based on the scientific value of the project proposal and the quality of the consortium > results online 18 June 2020

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.

Results

Preselection: results online 29 April 2020

Final selection: results online 18 June 2020

Scientific report

Within one year after the end of the project a scientific report, has to be sent electronically to B. Both promoters are included in the e-mail, either as sender or in copy:

Start scientific report

Contact

Research Department
Research Co-ordination Office - Special Research Fund
Griet De Geyter

E T 09 264 36 32

Call and apllication forms

The entire call and application forms can also be downloaded