Basic Infrastructure Projects

Through this call Ghent University supports once every three years the purchase of Basic Infrastructure Projects with a maximum value of 150.000 euro (VAT incl.). The applicant(s) must demonstrate that the infrastructure is essential for their research (‘basic’) and that a large part of the applicants (and their research groups) will use/rely upon the availability of the infrastructure (‘widely used’)
Especially for the alpha-faculties, the call also provides the opportunity to purchase or implement large databases, such as commercial databases, data collections obtained through surveys or panel studies;

*Nederlandse versie*

Starting date and funding

  • funding: max. €150.000 (VAT incl.)

More expensive infrastructure (> €150.000) with the surplus possibly being financed by the applicant promotors is not permitted. However, infrastructure with a list price of more than €150.000 (VAT incl.) but which, as a result of a discount already negotiated, costs a maximum of €150.000 (VAT incl.) is permitted.

The purchase of multiple equipment (with a total value of €150.000 VAT incl.) can only be requested if this equipment forms an inseparable whole and it is demonstrated that it is not possible to carry out the proposed research programme if one piece of equipment is not available. The purchase of multiple equipment cannot be requested if the components can function independently of each other.

  • start funding: 15 december 2022

Budget spending is possible for 24 months.


  • The call for the purchase of research equipment focuses on basic research equipment with a maximum value of €150.000 (VAT incl.);
  • Proposals for the purchase of equipment should be related to the activities of the research group in question. The importance of the research equipment should be demonstrated by referring to the group's research activities and scientific output, and to the relevant funding that the researchers have acquired in the recent past
  • the relevance of the requested basic research infrastructure within the context and strategy of the research group at Ghent University. This includes the following conditions:
  1. the basic character of the requested research infrastructure: is the equipment essential for a research group to realize output?
  2. the added value of the basic research infrastructure for Ghent University: efficiency, wide availability of the equipment for other researchers, etc..
  3. the use of the basic research infrastructure for research/education/academic services: the purchased equipment has to be used mainly for research purposes and, to a lesser extent, in the context of teaching assignments or academic services.
  • at least one price offer must be included. When applicable please also include parallel applications.
  • Applicants are encouraged to add several price quotes if possible. If several competitive price quotes are added to the request and/or if an (academic) discount has already been negotiated, this may be taken into account in the final budget allocation. For applications without negotiated price quotes (discounts), the Research Council may decide to reduce the budget allocation factoring in possible future reductions.

Who can apply?

The proposals must be submitted by a promoter associated with Ghent University . One or more co-promoters (max. 3) are allowed but not obligated. 

Promoter (only one allowed)

  • The proposals must be submitted by a promoter who is, at the moment of the deadline of this call, associated with Ghent University either as:
    • a member of the tenured academic staff (Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel - ZAP);
    • a visiting professor with (at least) a research assignment
    • a senior assistant, senior lector, assistant professor, associate professor, full professor or senior full professor within the integration framework at UGent who holds a PhD degree
  • This promoter acts as the sole authorized person for the granted research budget (Grants Code) and as spokesperson. The promoter carries the responsibility for the proper implementation of and reporting on the project.
  • Promoters are asked to mention the ORCID-ID and make it publically available.

Co-promoter (max. 3) (not mandatory)

  • Co-promoters have no access to the budget (Grantcode) for this BOF funding.
  • At the moment of the deadline, each copromoter must:
    • have an appointment at Ghent University (including “FWO postdoctorale onderzoekers” en “IWT onderzoeksmandaten”), the University Hospital, VIB Ghent, IMEC Ghent, IMinds Ghent and/or Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School or at one of the University Colleges (“hogescholen”) from the Ghent University Association and
    • have a PhD degree
  • The status of the co-promoter (including the type and duration of the appointment) and the home institution have to be specified in the application forms.
  • Co-promoters are asked to mention the ORCID-ID and make it publically available.

How to apply?

  • Applications must be submitted via the application module in GISMO: 
  • please read the call document available at the bottom of this webpage carefully and use this as a guidance when submitting your application
  • Applications can be submitted either in Dutch or English.


  • deadline: 28 june 2022, 17:00


  • Results online: November 2022


Research Department
Research Co-ordination Office - Special Research Fund


Call and application forms

Scientific report

Two years after the new equipment came into operation, the promoter must submit a scientific report on the use of the new equipment for research purposes. The scientific reportmust be sent electronically to