FWO Odysseus programme 2024



The Odysseus programme provides outstanding researchers who have built up a career outside Belgium, a start-up funding in order to develop or to set up a research line during a five-year period a research group within a Flemish university, potentially in collaboration with (an)other Flemish research organisation(s), and become progressively more involved in the Flemish research landscape.

What makes this programme unique is the combination of a position at a Flemish university and sufficient project funding to establish their own research team. This symbiosis forms the ideal starting point to attract high level, international research to Flanders.


2 types of project funding based on the profile of the researcher:
  • Odysseus Type I
    • for researchers who are internationally recognized as pioneers in their field;
    • research funding: from 400,000 euro to 700,000 euro per year (2,000,000 euro to 3,500,000 euro for the 5-year period).
  • Odysseus Type II
    • for postdoctoral researchers who have the potential to develop a leading international position;
    • research funding: from 100,000 euro to 200,000 euro per year (500,000 euro to 1,000,000 euro for the 5-year period).
Conditions to be an eligible candidate:
  • you shall have a main appointment of minimum 80% at a foreign institution on the date of the FWO deadline.
  • you shall have been affiliated with a foreign institution, with an appointment of minimum 80%, for at least three years in the past five years preceding the FWO submission deadline. During this period abroad, you shall have had an appointment of maximum 10% in Belgium.
  • you are only allowed to submit one application per Odysseus call.
  • you must update your online FWO E-loket profile including an overview of obtained degrees, past and current occupations and a detailed list of publications.


STEP 1: Nomination by university (internal selection)
What? Internal selection procedure at UHasselt, possibly in collaboration with another or other Flemish research organisations.
When? Internal deadline 30 May 2024 in order to get all candidates to be endorsed by the faculties that will be hosting them.
An information brochure and preapplication form for external candidates can be found here.

STEP 2: Online submission to FWO (via web link provided by Research Coordination Office)
Final submission will be done by host institution itself.
When? Before 30 September 2024, 17:00 (Belgian time). Please be aware that the host institution's internal deadline (September 23) needs to be respected.


UHasselt Odysseus grant information page

More information?

FWO Odysseus programma page

Deadline intern

30.05.2024, 30.09.2024

Contact Hasselt University?

E-mail ellen.vancutsem@uhasselt.be

Tel. +3211268995

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