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Brilliant Marine Research Idea

VLIZ launches yearly a call for ‘Brilliant Marine Research Ideas’ intended to inspire and enable PhD students affiliated to a Flemish University or Flemish University College to execute a brilliant idea during their PhD within the frame of their research.

The grants are awarded to researchers affiliated to a Flemish University or Flemish University College with, at the time of application, less than 6 years of research experience at pre-doc level (i.e. since starting PhD research). The overall budget available for the grants is EUR 10.000 (anno 2019). However, each grant will have a maximum fund of EUR 5.000.

VLIZ philanthropy seeks to fund a marine research idea that can contribute to solving a hypothesis-based marine research question. Topics of interest are (amongst others) the themes identified in the philanthropy research agenda including pollution, ocean and human health, marine biodiversity, climate change, ocean related disasters and marine explorations. With this grant for a ‘brilliant marine research idea’, we hope to inspire and enable PhD students to explore and pan out a brilliant idea, an out of the box idea, an on the top research topic, but always framed within their ongoing marine research.

The grant can be used to assist PhD students in their lab and/or field work, data acquisition and analysis, visits to other institutes to use specialized facilities, acquisition of equipment or software needed for a certain analysis and so on. The fund cannot be used to reimburse the use of existing lab infrastructure within your university, for personnel costs, to pay for travel costs which amount to more than 50% of the grant or to attend conferences.

Find here the detailed ‘Call for proposals’ for the ‘Brilliant Marine Research Idea’ grant 2019 as well as the ‘BMRI application form 2019’. 

Apply for the grant by sending following documents to

  • Application form (fixed format, download the application form here)
  • CV (free format)
  • Form of consent from the student’s supervisor affiliated tot a Flemish University or Flemish University College (free format)

Deadline of submission: Saturday 15 December 2018.


Winners ‘Brilliant Marine Research Idea’ grants 2018

  • Marieke Paepen - Delineating the area where submarine groundwater discharge occurs in the Belgian coastal area
    UGent - Hydrogeology and applied geology lab
  • Sebastiaan van de Velde - Counteracting anthropogenic CO2 emissions by microbial stimulation of silicate weathering
    VUB - Analytical, Environmental and Geochemistry


Winners ‘Brilliant Marine Research Idea’ grants 2017


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