Methusalem funding

The Methusalem initiative is long-term programme funding from the Flemish government. Its purpose is to provide stable and substantial core funding to excellent, renowned researchers at Flemish universities. They can use this budget in a flexible way to consolidate their international top level and to strengthen their international benchmark position with complete independence.

Methusalem funding is initially allocated for 7 years and is continued each time after a positive evaluation until retirement.

Duration and starting date

  • Period: 7 years (renewable until retirement)
  • Funding:
    • Minimum budget of € 300.000/year.
    • Maximum budget € 500.000/year for alpha disciplines and € 900.000/year for bèta and gamma disciplines
    • Funding can be acquired for personnel, operational costs, equipment, and/or sub-contracting.
  • Results online: preselection March-April 2020 - end selection October-November 2020
  • Start project: 1 January 2021
  • Deadline: 2 March 2020

Specifications

  • This call is not intended for the renewal of currecnt Methusalem funding but concerns the selection of new Methusalem beneficiaries;
  • Ghent University wishes to push forward cutting edge research through the Methusalem programme;
  • The funding increases gradually during during the first years to reach 100% from the 4th year on;
  • In case of selection, the research group of of the Methusalem professor needs to establish a management board and an advisory board;
  • Methusalem professors cannot apply for the following calls of the Special Research Fund: Concerted Research Actions (GOA), 2 to 4 year BOF projects, interdisciplinary research projects (IOP).

Who can apply?

Full professors and (part-time) senior full professors with an appointment of at least 80%, who preferably do not retire between 1/1/2021 and 31/12/2027 (= first term of the Methusalem funding).

Take a look at the requirements for candidates

Evaluation

The selection of the Methusalem applications is a 2-step process.

  1. Preselection

    • The evaluation is based on the written application and carried out by the Research Council
    • Depending on the number of applications the preselection takes place in March or April 2020
  2. Final selection

  • The evaluation is carried out by a panel of external, internationally renowned researchers. Their advice is presented to the Research Council; 
  • External peer reviewers will be invited to write evaluation reports. The candidates will have the opportunity to write a rebuttal;
  • The candidates and (part of) their research groups will be invited for an interview with the evaluation panel, during which they will present the project proposal;
  • the final selection takes place in October/November 2020.

Criteria for evaluation

The criteria that are used for the evaluation are:

  • the scientific excellence and international recognition of the candidate
  • the scientific value, the approach, innovativity and feasibility of the project
  • does the requested budget allow the research group to grow and reach an international bench-mark position

How to apply?

The proposals have to be electronically submitted via BOFapplication@ugent.be

Apply for a Methusalem project

Results

  • Preselection: results online 29 April 2020 at the latest
  • Final selection: results online December 2020 at the latest

Renewal

Methusalem funding is granted for a period of 7 years. After a period of 7 years and if there is a positive interim evaluation, the Methusalem funding can be renewed for a period of 7 years (or shorter in case of retirement of the Methusalem researcher).  

Candidates who are eligible for renewal of their Methusalem funding, will be contacted by DOZA in time.

Contact

Research Department
Research Co-ordination Office - Special Research Fund

Doreen Rogier

E BOF@ugent.be
T 09 264 30 27

More information?

The entire call and application form can also be downloaded