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Special Research Fund

The Special Research Fund (Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds, BOF) is a research grant funding allocated by the Flemish government to the universities every year. The grant funding is distributed among the various Flemish universities on the basis of a competitive system. The BOF funds are allocated through project or fellowship funding for fundamental scientific research.

The following is an overview of the various BOF programmes. Click on the programme for more information about it.


BOF programme  Deadline*  Application form**
BOF Large Research Projects 10 July Application Form
Doctoral Fund 1 March

Application form without FWO application

Application form with FWO application

Doctoral Fund in Cooperation with UNamur 1 March Application form 
Doctoral Fund in Cooperation with ULg  on hold Application form
Doctoral Fund in Cooperation with UM

1 October

Application form
Incoming mobility 1 February
15 May
1 October
Application form 
Outgoing mobility 1 February
15 May
1 October 
Application form 
Sabbatical  1 February
15 May
1 October
Application form 
Bilateral Scientific Cooperation

14 April

1 October
Application form 
Programme with Fachhochschulen throughout the year Application form
BOF Civic PhDs

Pre-submission: 6 June

Final Submission: 16 September

Application form
Interuniversity BOF programme (iBOF)

Pre-submission: 5 December 2019

Final submission: 15 June 2020

 Application form

 * If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, it is moved to the next working day.


Other programmes
Structural Funding
Reserve projects
Incentive Funding
Policy Reserve
Reserve Fellowships
Temporary Mandates
Bonus for Extrernally Acquired Funding
Research Infrastructure Fund