from January 30, 2023 to March 20, 2023
Published on January 30, 2023 Updated on January 30, 2023

Brains for Brussels - Mobility programme for postdoc researchers to come to Brussels!

Brains for Brussels
Brains for Brussels

Brains for Brussels (BFB) is a mobility program for postdoctoral researchers who work outside of Belgium when the application is submitted. The BFB program wants to stimulate “high risk high reward” (HRHR) research in the Brussels-Capital Region by attracting and anchoring bold researchers who want to conduct out-of-the-box research.

Program details and eligibility criteria:
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In brief:

  • You must hold a PhD and have an international scientific track record
  • You must have been working as an academic researcher outside of Belgium for at least two years (“academic profile”; appointed at a non-Belgian academic institute at the date of submission and at least 2 years abroad at the foreseen start date (earliest October 1st, 2023) or have worked as an RDI researcher (i.e., industrial research, experimental development or innovation) within a company for at least 2 of the last 3 years (“industrial profile”)
  • The project must fit within the Brussels Regional Innovation Plan 2021-2027 in French or Dutch
  • You commit to apply for ERC grants to secure follow-up financing (which can lead to a professorship appointment)
  • The BFB project last for 3 years, can be renewed for max 2 years
  • VUB submission deadline: March 20th, 2023 (contact
  • Decision by the Brussels government: September 2023