With the Odysseus programme, the FWO encourages excellent researchers, working outside of Flanders, to develop a line of research here.
The Odysseus programme offers start up funding for established researchers who have already build up a research career abroad. This start up funding enables them to further develop a research group or develop a line of research at a Flemish university. The offered funding can be used as work, gear and personnel grants, spread out over a period of five years.
Within the Odysseus program, two different types exist:
- Odysseus Group I - Internationally leading research:
The offered research grants amount to in between 400,000 and 1,500,000 Euro a year, capped at in between 2,000,000 and 7,500,000 Euro over a period of five years.
- Odysseus Group II - Researchers with the potential to develop an international leading status:
The offered research grants amount to in between 100,000 and 200,000 Euro a year, capped at in between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Euro over a period of five years.
Only Flemish universities can nominate candidates with the FWO.
- Odysseus Group I is intended for researchers who are considered internationally as leading and have already been appointed at a foreign university. It is expected that these researchers lead their own research group a their institution, consisting of a permanent staff, multiple postdocs and PhD students.
At the time of nomination, the Flemish university needs to confirm that they have a ZAP-position available for the duration of five years.
- Odysseus Group II is intended for researchers who have a minimum of three years of postdoctoral experience abroad. It is expected that these research lead a small team within a research group at their institution, consisting of one or more PhD students and potentially one or more postdocs.
At the time of nomination, the Flemish university needs to confirm that they have a postdoctoral mandate available for the duration of five years.
In addition, candidates must have been attached for at least three years to a foreign institution during the past five years. In addition, (s)he has obtained a head appointment at the foreign institution no later than one year before the application date of the Odysseus programme.