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Call for projects 2022

Clinical and translational multi centric research in the hospitals of the iris-network

The Fund iris-Research was created to stimulate clinical and translational research in the hospitals of the iris-network as well as the collaboration between these hospitals. The Fund is managed by the King Baudouin Foundation with the help of a scientific jury and a management committee. Every year, a call for research projects is launched. Applications for fellowships or training grants are also eligible.

Find the online application form on the site of the King Baudouin Foundation

Eligible applicants for a research project

  • The promotor of the research project must be working at one of the hospitals of the iris-network, which means: Brugmann University Hospital, Saint-Pierre University Hospital, Iris Hospital South, Queen Fabiola Children’s University Hospital, Jules Bordet Institute.
  • The research projects must be multicentric, i.e. including at least 2 of the 5 hospitals of the iris-network. This collaboration is mandatory and has to be well documented. Monocentric projects or projects with an unclear collaboration aspect are not eligible. Extra partnerships with hospitals outside the network are welcome.
  • The promotor of the project (or one of the co-promotors involved) must be a confirmed academic researcher.
  • The promotor must add the co-signature of the medical direction of his/her hospital. The medical director of the hospital submitting the project acts as a guarantor of the scientific and practical (aim, material and methods) accomplishment of the work.
  • Projects must cover a research period of maximum 2 years.
  • The funding should enable the researcher/research team to launch a new research line or to continue an existing research project. The funding will not assume the whole budget. It is meant to stimulate research, which means that the major part of the requested budget has to be used for research purposes and not to finance structural personnel or functioning costs.
  • Clinical as well as translational research projects are eligible

The research projects that do not respect the criteria regarding the applicant, will not be evaluated by the jury.

Eligible applicants for a fellowship project

  • The person asking for a fellowship must be working at one of the hospitals of the iris-network. He/She must add the co-signature of the medical direction of his/her hospital, as a guarantor of the scientific and practical (aim, material and methods) accomplishment of the training.
  • The acquired competences should have a demonstrated interest for the hospitals (at least 2 of them) of the iris-network.
  • Projects must run over maximum 2 years.

The demand of fellowship that does not respect the criteria regarding the applicant, will not be evaluated by the jury.

Selection criteria

  • Scientific quality of the project
  • Scientific quality of the researcher/research team
  • Potential impact of the results on diagnosis, treatment, follow-up …
  • Feasibility of the project
  • Interest of the results for the hospitals of the iris-network.
  • Clear budget description (divided into 2 years max.)

The research and fellowship projects will be rated by the Jury according to those criteria.


A total amount of approximately 150.000 € will be allocated to support several projects for maximum 2 years, chosen among the best projects selected by the Jury.


The applications must be introduced online by the 20/01/2022 at the latest.
Candidates will receive confirmation that their application was received.
The applications will be evaluated by the Jury. The final selection will be made by the management committee of the Fund in June 2021.
All parties will be informed of the decision in July 2021.

Contact King Baudouin Foundation

  • For technical assistance during applying:
    Contact center – Tel +32-(0)2 500 45 55 – proj@kbs-frb.be
  • For information regarding the call: Scientific secretariat of the Fund iris-Research, Annemie T’Seyen Tel +32 (0)2 549 03 03 -tseyen.a@kbs-frb.be

King Baudouin Foundation
Working together for a better society

The King Baudouin Foundation's Mission is to contribute to a better society. The Foundation is an actor for change and innovation, serving the public interest and increasing social cohesion in Belgium and Europe. We seek to maximize our impact by strengthening the capacity of organizations and individuals. We also stimulate effective philanthropy by individuals and corporations. The King Baudouin Foundation is a public benefit foundation. The Foundation was set up in 1976 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of King Baudouin's reign.  


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