Medical research

Support for scientific medical research that addresses major needs in society.

Medical progress does not fall from the sky; it comes after long and costly years of research. It is work that opens the door to new therapeutic treatments for the benefit of patients and those near and dear to them. Thanks to the means made available by philanthropists, the King Baudouin Foundation supports research in healthcare at Belgian and European levels, complementing public investment and working alongside partners in the public and private sectors.

Our activities

  • supporting medical research projects and providing grants to top level researchers in various fields of health, including rare diseases, cancer, neurology, cardiology and rheumatology
  • notable research on rare diseases, thanks to significant resources allocated by the Generet Fund, which awards a Prize of one million euros to a leading researcher each year
  • developing ‘niche approaches’ that are not financed by others but focus on innovation.

Medical research is part of the programme Health

Calls for projects

Research on hematologic cancers in adults

Call on research into the aetiology of hematologic cancers in adults or into the development of new therapeutic strategies.

Selection announced

Call for clinical research in cardiology- Belgian Heart Fund/F. Léonard/Walckiers-Van Dessel

This call concerns non-commercial projects for clinical research in the field of cardiovascular pathology.

Ongoing

Research on food addiction & eating disorders - Fund Jeanne & Alice Van de Voorde

The diagnosis, treatment and/or long term follow up of food addiction and eating disorders in children and young adults

Selection announced

Grantees

UGent

SPIDER: Spondyloarthritis Precursors In first DEgree Relatives. Identifying gut microbiome alterations and early signs of subclinical gut inflammation in family members of spondyloarthritis patients.

Supported project: SPIDER: Spondyloarthritis Precursors In first DEgree Relatives. Identifying gut microbiome alterations and early signs of subclinical gut inflammation in famil…

KU Leuven

Single Cell Technologies Applied To Healthy Articular Cartilage Profiling

Support to the research project: 'Single Cell Technologies Applied To Healthy Articular Cartilage Profiling'

UGent

Identifying a unique molecular cell profile on synovial biopsies in erosive hand osteoarthritis patients: a proof of concept (IMRPESSION study)

Support to the research project: 'Identifying a unique molecular cell profile on synovial biopsies in erosive hand osteoarthritis patients: a proof of concept (IMRPESSION study)'…

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Research in cardio-oncology

Supporting translational and clinical research in the field of cardio-oncology.

Funds and philanthropic tools

Brigitte Huijts-Heidug (Fund)

Support for research on breast cancer

Fund Girn

The Fund provides grants to doctoral students from the European Union for medical and scientific research projects on Multiple Sclerosis.

Scientific research on Rheumatology (Fund)

Improving the quality of life of patients with rheumatic diseases by supporting scientific research.

Press Releases

One million dollars for statistical research

20 06 2022

KBF awards the first biennial Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics to James Robins and others for their research on causal inference in medicine and public health.

One million euros for research into a rare form of dementia

01 02 2022

Prof. Rosa Rademakers receives the Generet Prize for Rare Diseases, worth one million euros, for her research into less commonly occurring forms of dementia.

KBF grants more than 6.6 million euros to health research

26 07 2021

Stories

From asthma research to better treatment for cystic fibrosis complications?

Medical research

"When we see a patient whose cystic fibrosis is deteriorating, it is often hard to identify the cause. There is a need for better diagnosis of allergic reactions to fungi."
Dr Eva Van Braeckel
Pulmonologist (UGent and UZ Gent)

Pancreatic cancer: gradually untangling a complex knot

Medical research

“In families where there are more cases of pancreatic cancer, we are also seeing an association with colon and breast cancer.”
Prof. Kathleen Claes
UGent, Lab for Cancer Predisposition and Precision Oncology

New perspective on DNA variations leads to explanation for rare disease

Medical research

“We have shown that it is also worthwhile to look at the variants just before and just after genes.”
Prof. Eric Legius
Head of Centre for Human Genetics UZ Leuven