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Return grants for researchers working abroad

In a nutshell...

The Back to Belgium Grants of the federal Science Policy are intended to foster the return to Belgium of talented researchers doing R&D in a foreign research centre. Each year, the jury meets in May and proposes to the Minister in charge a list of candidates considered apt to receive a 24 months funding. The selection criteria are mainly based on the scientific level of the candidate, the quality and the feasibility of the research proposal, the post-doc expertise acquired abroad and its possible use and its contribution to the host unit as well as the career perspectives in Belgium.
In order to palliate any defection, a reserve list is also foreseen. The jury is constituted of Belgian and foreign experts. Its composition takes into account the diversity of the proposals.

To this day, the Back to Belgium Grants have benefited to more than 100 researchers: see table

Call for proposals

The call for proposals for the selection 2014 is closed.
The candidates and promotors will be informed personally about the details of the procedure.
Please contact us for more information.

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Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries 2013
CHARLIER Bernard Early differentiation of terrestrial planets
(ULg, Prof. J. Vander Auwera)
CLESSE Sébastien Backreactions from cosmological inhomogeneities during inflation and structure formation
(UNamur, Prof. André Füzfa)
DE BUYL Sophie Cyanobacteria Circadian Rhythms
ULB, Prof. Geneviève Dupont)
MAUROY Alexandre An operator-theoretic framework for studying the collective behaviors of interacting agents. Application to the analysis of rhythms in neural networks
(ULg, Prof. R. Sepulchre)
MORADI Sara Multi-scale turbulent transport in fusion plasmas, theoretical developments and data analysis
(ULB, Prof. Bernard Knaepen)
GARCIA-PATRON Raúl Quantum information processing with photons
(ULB, Prof. Nicolas Cerf)
VANDELOOK Filip Germination ecology, an important factor in the response of plant species to climate change
(Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Dr. Steven Dessein)
Beneficiaries 2012
BORUC Joanna Unravelling the function of Arabidopsis alpha group Aurora kinases in orienting formative cell divisions
(Ugent-VIB - Prof. D. INZE)
COX Tom New eyes on the world: signal processing for interpreting biogeochemical time series
(UA, Prof. P. MEIRE)
CROITORU Mihail Novel confinement-induced phenomena in superconducting nanograins
(UA, Prof. F.M. PEETERS)
DE MUYLDER Geraldine Cross-talk between Leishmania and its mammalian host-cell: insights from chemical genetics and antimony-resistant field isolates
(Institute of Tropical Medicine, Prof. J.-C. DUJARDIN)
DECLEVES Anne-Emilie Endothelial and Vascular Dysfunctions in experimental Aristolochic Acid Nephropathy: role of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase
(ULB, Prof. J. NORTIER)
FIVET Vanessa Investigation of atomic processes in lowly-ionized iron-peak and neutron-capture elements. Applications to the modeling of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas
(UMONS, Prof. E. BIÉMONT)
JACQUES Corentin Investigating the temporal dynamics of face processing in the human brain by combining simultaneous measures of scalp and intracranial electrophysiology with functional neuroimaging
(UCL, Prof. B. ROSSION)
PETERS Frédéric The contribution of executive control processes to lexico-semantic impairment in Alzheimer's disease and Semantic Dementia
(Ulg, Prof. S. MAJERUS)
SCHOEMANN Véronique Marine trace metal biogeochemistry and its control on the biogeochemical carbon pump
(ULB, Prof. J.-L. TISON)
Beneficiaries 2011
BERGER Emmanuel The Criminal Jury in France and England in the 18th and 19th Centuries. A comparative Study of Popular Justice
(UCL - Prof. Xavier Rousseaux)
DE BRABANDERE Loreto Nitrate Transformation Processes in the Schelde under Reduced Sewage Inputs (NITRAPS)
(VUB - Prof. Willy Baeyens)
DEROUAUX Adeline Interactions and dynamic of the main E. coli divisome proteins in membranes
(ULg - Prof. Bernard Joris)
GOFFAUX Valérie Orientation tuning of face identity coding in the brain, a pattern-analysis fMRI approach
(KUL - Prof. Hans op de Beek)
GUILLIAMS Martin Study of the functional role of the distinct lung and liver antigen presenting cell subsets in vivo
(UGent - Prof. Bart Lambrecht)
JANKY Rekin's Discovery and prioritization of gene regulatory modules driving oncogenesis
(KUL - Prof. Stein Aerts)
LAMBERT Olivier Fossil sperm whales and their prey: evolution of physeteroid feeding strategies
(KBIN-IRSNB - Prof. Etienne Steurbaut)
NELISSEN Koen The role of visual and motor systems in action understanding
(KUL - Prof. Wim Vanduffel)
VERHAEGHE Jeroen Novel motion correction techniques for PET imaging of awake animals
(UA - Prof. Steven Staelens)

Beneficiaries 2010
COPPIETERS Ken NKT cell-mediated modulation of Th1/Th17 balances and its consequences on osteoclastogenesis in autoimmune arthritis
(UZ Gent - Prof. Dirk Elewaut)
DE VOS Dirk Multiscale mathematical modeling of root growth in Arabidopsis thaliana
(UA - Prof. Dr. Kris Vissenberg)
FANIEL Sébastien Electronic and spin properties of one-dimensional semiconductor systems
(UCL - Dr. Sorin Melinte)
JOCQUE Merlijn Metacommunity dynamics of Ostracoda (Crustacea) in South and Central American bromeliads (Bromeliacea)
(KBIN-IRSNB - Prof. Boudewijn Goddeeris & Koen Martens)
KNIPPENBERG Stefan Conjugated molecules as optical probes for biomembranes and DNA: Theoretical insights
(UMONS - Prof. Roberto Lazzaroni)
MERLA Laura Transnational care-giving in the Belgian context: an analysis of the interplay between intrafamilial dynamics and the exchange of care between adult migrants and their parents
(UCL - Prof. Isabel Yépez del Castillo)
ROLAND Jérémie Computational aspects of quantum information processing : study of adiabatic quantum computation, quantum algorithms based on quantum walks, and distributed computation with quantum resources
(ULB - Prof. Nicolas Cerf)
VAN DOORSSELAERE Tom Forward modeling : revolutionising coronal seismology
(K.U.Leuven - Prof. Rony Keppens)

During 4 years, from 2010 to 2013, this project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n°246540, under the FP7-PEOPLE-COFUND-2008

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