Application Process

 Application requirements
  • Be submitted electronically using exclusively the application form available on the Platform  
  • Be filled online. A « save and continue » module allows the applicant to quit the system and to come back to work on his/her application form later on. Once the applicant quits the system, an e-mail is automatically sent to his/her mailbox with a link to return to his/her application form.
  • Be submitted using English only.
  • Be submitted on May 2nd 2022 at the latest.

Eligible researchers

  • Must be internationally established investigators, with outstanding scientific achievements and multiple seminal contributions to our understanding of health and disease. The Award is open to any scientist with or without a track record in the field of rare diseases, but the research project has to be in the field of rare diseases.
  • Must hold a PhD or have at least 4 years of equivalent research experience in a relevant field.
  • Must be affiliated to a Belgian University, a Belgian University Hospital or an eligible Research Institute.
  • Must provide the evidence of their affiliation to their institution until December 31st, 2026.
  • Must not reach the retirement age limit during the project.

 Valuable assets

  • Translational approach: referring to a research methodology integrating a basic science approach as well as clinical considerations. It encompasses all stages from bench to bedside. Beyond a better understanding of the disease, Translation of the research results into benefit for the patients is a key objective of the Fund Generet. As such, a clear description of the translational strategy will be considered as a strong asset.
  • Multidisciplinarity: referring to the use and application of different scientific disciplines as a substantial element of the research methodology.
  • Multicentric cooperation: referring to the close collaboration with centres of excellence located in Belgium or abroad. In case of international collaboration, the researcher working in the Belgian Institution must remain the coordinator of the project.
  • Communication Plan: referring to the communication about the research within the scientific community but also towards patients and a broader public (conferences, articles, video with success stories, etc.)

 Eligible application file

  • Application form filled and signed
  • Updated CV of the Principal Investigator (and potential collaborators)
  • Complete list of publications of the Principal Investigator (and potential collaborators)

Once the application file is submitted, the applicant receives a notification of receipt and an administrative eligibility check is performed. The applicant is informed whether his/her file is complete and eligible on the administrative level or if documents are missing.