How to Apply

 Application process
Applications must be submitted in English via the FNRS web-based application platform “e-space” ( before Thursday 29th February 2024 at 14.00 (Brussels time).

“e-space” is an integrated information system enabling:
  • Researchers to submit their applications and ensure their scientific and administrative follow-up.
  • Experts and members of Scientific Committees and Juries to perform their evaluation.
It allows the storage, processing and circulation of relevant information within the organisation and among various stakeholders.

Before applying, researchers must first create an account or use the one they already have in case they already are registered.

Once on the e-space homepage, go to “request for funding” and click on “create a new application”. Then scroll down and select the “Simone and Pierre Clerdent Foundation Scientific Award” in the list of application opportunities (bottom of the page).

A « save and continue » module allows the applicants to quit the system and to come back working on their application at a later stage.

The complete application file is composed of:
  • The administrative part
  • The scientific part
  • The supporting documentation

The submission of an application is acknowledged via an automatic notification.

All applications will be double-checked to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met before being processed to the evaluation stage.
 Eligibility Criteria

  • Principal Investigators
The Award is open to established investigators of any nationality with a permanent and full-time contract in a University or a University Hospital of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

Candidates must have a scientific seniority of min. PhD + 6 years and not reach the retirement age during the project. Scientific seniority is calculated from the PhD public defence onwards, not considering career breaks.

  • Host Institutions
The research project must be conducted in one of the following Universities or Universities Hospital of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation:
- Université Catholique de Louvain
- Université de Liège
- Université de Bruxelles
- Université de Mons
- Université de Namur
- CHU de Liège
- Hôpital Erasme
- CU Saint Luc

  • National/international cooperation      
The project may include the collaboration with research teams based outside the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (WBF). In such case, the Principal Investigator working in the WBF must remain the coordinator of the project and no more than 49% of the costs may be outsourced to co-promoters working outside the WBF.

  • Portability of the Award:
The holders can retain the benefit of the Award if they transfer their research activities to another eligible institution. The Award cannot follow the laureates if they transfer their research activity to a private company or outside the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

Schedule Of The Call

  • Opening: 18 December 2023
  • Deadline: 29 February 2024
  • Jury meeting: 27 May 2024
  • Award ceremony: October 2024
  • Start of project: 1 November 2024

The call is closed