How to Apply

 Application process
Applications must be submitted electronically in English using the online application system no later than June 30th, 2021 (this is a strict deadline). A PDF version of the application form is available here. This document only aims at providing an overview of the different sections. It should not be used to submit an application

A « save and continue » module allows the applicants to quit the system and to come back working on their application at a later stage. Once the applicants quit the system, an automatic e-mail is sent to their e-mail address with a link to return to their application form.

The submitted application file consists of:
  • The administrative part
  • The research proposal
  • The supporting documentation (PhD certificate, HI support letter, any documentation needed on eligibility or other issues)
All applications will be checked to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met before being processed to the evaluation stage. 

 Eligibility Criteria

  • Principal Investigator
The Principal Investigator (PI) may be of any nationality but must hold a PhD degree that has been awarded no more than 12 years before the deadline of the call (i.e. the PhD must have been awarded between June 30th, 2009 and June 30th, 2021).

This 12-years period can be extended by the duration of certain properly documented career breaks that have occurred after the PhD has been awarded. The following career breaks supported by official statements will be considered for the prorogation of the eligibility period:

  • For maternity, the documented period of effective maternity leave (up to a maximum of 18 months) for each child born after the PhD award.
  • For paternity, the documented period of paternity leave for each child born after the PhD award.
  • For national service, the documented period of occupation after the PhD award.
  • For long-term illness, the documented amount of leave actually taken by the principal investigator for each incident that occurred after the PhD award. Long-term illness is considered as a period of ≥ 90 days for the PI or a close family member (child, spouse, parent or sibling).
In case the PI has obtained several PhD degrees, the effective elapsed time to be taken into consideration for the eligibility period will be that of the first PhD. 

The PI is also required to have a full-time position and a secured salary for at least five years beyond the beginning of the BLBA, this is at least until June 30th, 2027. 

  • Host Institution
The Research must be conducted in a public research Institution in Belgium, referred to as a Host Institution (HI). This can be the HI where the PI Applicant already works, or another HI located in Belgium. The recognized HIs are the universities, the university hospitals and the following research institutes:

  • Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
  • LABIRIS
  • Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB)
  • Flemish Institute for Technological research (VITO)
  • de Duve Institute 
  • Bordet Institute
  • GIGA Institute
  • Sciensano
  • Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK CEN)
 
  • Biomedical research field       
The research to be supported by the "Baillet Latour Biomedical Awards" (BLBA) must pertain to the topic of the year of the Award. The following five topics will rotate on an annual basis:

  • 2022: Infection and Immunity
  • 2023: Neurosciences
  • 2024: Cancer
  • 2025: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems
  • 2026: Metabolism and Gastrointestinal System
The 2022 topic is “Infection and Immunity”. However, applications pertaining to aspects of “Infection and Immunity” that may also fit within the topic of any of the four other calls have to be submitted during those calls. For example, research projects focusing on cancer immunotherapy, immunological aspects of multiple sclerosis or bronchial asthma, should be submitted when the topics are “Cancer”, “Neurosciences”, or “Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems”, respectively.

 Schedule of the call
  • Opening of the call: April 19th 2021
  • Deadline of the call: June 30th, 2021
  • First Jury meeting: January 2022 (to be confirmed)
  • Second Jury meeting: February 2022 (to be confirmed)
  • Award ceremony: April 2022
  • Start of the Award: July 1st, 2022

The call is closed.

Schedule Of The Call

  • Opening: April 19th 2021
  • Deadline: June 30th 2021
  • Start: July 1st 2022

The call is closed.