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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

There is no Call foreseen in 2016 for Back to Belgium return grants.
Thank you for your understanding.


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Beneficiaries 2014
DANDOY Régis Understanding regional elections: Beyond the second-order theory
(UCL, Prof. C. De Visscher)
DELELE Mulugeta Multiscale CFD modeling of novel postharvest treatments
(KULeuven, Prof. B. Nicolaï)
HENS Kristien Neurological diversity and epigenetic influences in utero. An ethical investigation of maternal responsibility towards the future child
(UA, Prof. W. Lemmens)
NICOLIS Stamatios Dynamics of Self-organization and collective decisions in living systems
(ULB, Prof. J.-L. Deneubourg)
SLUSE Dominique Mapping the luminous and dark matter content of galaxies with gravitational lensing telescopes
(ULg, Prof. J. Surdej)
VAN HAESENDONCK Kristian Comparative perspectives on Caribbean, Lusophone African and European (con)texts
(UA, Prof. K. Gyssels)
Beneficiaries 2013
CHARLIER Bernard Early differentiation of terrestrial planets
(ULg, Prof. J. Vander Auwera)
Final Report
CLESSE Sébastien Backreactions from cosmological inhomogeneities during inflation and structure formation
(UNamur, Prof. André Füzfa)
Final Report
DE BUYL Sophie Cyanobacteria Circadian Rhythms
ULB, Prof. Geneviève Dupont)
Final Report
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)
Final Report
MORADI Sara Multi-scale turbulent transport in fusion plasmas, theoretical developments and data analysis
(ULB, Prof. Bernard Knaepen)
Final Report
GARCIA-PATRON Raúl Quantum information processing with photons
(ULB, Prof. Nicolas Cerf)
Final Report
VANDELOOK Filip Germination ecology, an important factor in the response of plant species to climate change
(Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Dr. Steven Dessein)
Final Report
Beneficiaries 2012
BORUC Joanna Unravelling the function of Arabidopsis alpha group Aurora kinases in orienting formative cell divisions
(Ugent-VIB - Prof. D. INZE)
Final Report
COX Tom New eyes on the world: signal processing for interpreting biogeochemical time series
(UA, Prof. P. MEIRE)
Final Report
CROITORU Mihail Novel confinement-induced phenomena in superconducting nanograins
(UA, Prof. F.M. PEETERS)
Final Report
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)
Final Report
DECLEVES Anne-Emilie Endothelial and Vascular Dysfunctions in experimental Aristolochic Acid Nephropathy: role of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase
Final Report
FIVET Vanessa Investigation of atomic processes in lowly-ionized iron-peak and neutron-capture elements. Applications to the modeling of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas
Final Report
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
Final Report
PETERS Frédéric The contribution of executive control processes to lexico-semantic impairment in Alzheimer's disease and Semantic Dementia
(Ulg, Prof. S. MAJERUS)
Final Report
SCHOEMANN Véronique Marine trace metal biogeochemistry and its control on the biogeochemical carbon pump
(ULB, Prof. J.-L. TISON)
Final Report
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)
Final Report
DE BRABANDERE Loreto Nitrate Transformation Processes in the Schelde under Reduced Sewage Inputs (NITRAPS)
(VUB - Prof. Willy Baeyens)
Final Report
DEROUAUX Adeline Interactions and dynamic of the main E. coli divisome proteins in membranes
(ULg - Prof. Bernard Joris)
Final Report
GOFFAUX Valérie Orientation tuning of face identity coding in the brain, a pattern-analysis fMRI approach
(KUL - Prof. Hans op de Beek)
Final Report
GUILLIAMS Martin Study of the functional role of the distinct lung and liver antigen presenting cell subsets in vivo
(UGent - Prof. Bart Lambrecht)
Final Report
JANKY Rekin's Discovery and prioritization of gene regulatory modules driving oncogenesis
(KUL - Prof. Stein Aerts)
Final Report
LAMBERT Olivier Fossil sperm whales and their prey: evolution of physeteroid feeding strategies
(KBIN-IRSNB - Prof. Etienne Steurbaut)
Final Report
NELISSEN Koen The role of visual and motor systems in action understanding
(KUL - Prof. Wim Vanduffel)
Final Report
VERHAEGHE Jeroen Novel motion correction techniques for PET imaging of awake animals
(UA - Prof. Steven Staelens)
Final Report

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)
Final Report
DE VOS Dirk Multiscale mathematical modeling of root growth in Arabidopsis thaliana
(UA - Prof. Dr. Kris Vissenberg)
Final Report
FANIEL Sébastien Electronic and spin properties of one-dimensional semiconductor systems
(UCL - Dr. Sorin Melinte)
Final Report
JOCQUE Merlijn Metacommunity dynamics of Ostracoda (Crustacea) in South and Central American bromeliads (Bromeliacea)
(KBIN-IRSNB - Prof. Boudewijn Goddeeris & Koen Martens)
Final Report
KNIPPENBERG Stefan Conjugated molecules as optical probes for biomembranes and DNA: Theoretical insights
(UMONS - Prof. Roberto Lazzaroni)
Final Report
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)
Final Report
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)
Final Report
VAN DOORSSELAERE Tom Forward modeling : revolutionising coronal seismology
(K.U.Leuven - Prof. Rony Keppens)
Final Report

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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