Pályázzon a CELSA Kutatási Alap felhívására!

Pályázzon a CELSA Kutatási Alap felhívására!

CELSA is an alliance of ten European universities. The ’CELSA Research Fund‘ supports collaborative research projects between researchers of at least two CELSA partners, of which one must be KU Leuven, with the purpose of leveraging their efforts towards future Horizon Europe applications (or to its successor or any other competitive European fund). The deadline is 15 December 2022.

The 'CELSA partners' are: 


The CELSA partners will all contribute in principle €60,000 per call. KU Leuven will contribute with in total €1,5 million per call. At least 15 projects are possibly funded per annum, depending on the set-up and the available annual budget of the partners.

The CELSA Fund will fund joint research projects with a maximum of €130.000 for a duration of 2 years, in case researchers from two CELSA Partners are involved (a KU Leuven researcher for a maximum of €100k, and a researcher from one other CELSA Partner for a maximum of €30k). 

In case researchers from more than two CELSA Partners are involved in a single joint project, the budget is increased with their share (e.g. a project with researchers from 3 CELSA Partners will have a maximum budget of €160.000 for 2 years). In case more than one researcher from the same CELSA Partner is involved in a single joint project, the total project budget as mentioned is not increased.

What can be funded in a CELSA project?

  • It is up to the consortium of researchers to decide what should be funded (subject to the evaluation).
  • The internal rules of each involved CELSA Partner regarding funding research apply.
  • The CELSA partners cannot appoint staff at another CELSA partner. However, travel & subsistence costs of the team members in the project can be covered by either side of the ‘joint’ budget.
  • The CELSA partner who paid for project equipment remains the owner of that equipment. It is up to the individual CELSA partners to make arrangements to enable the use of the equipment or available infrastructure by all relevant team members.

Assistance in match-making for KU Leuven by EU-support offices:

Because the initiative also targets new collaborations, we organize help to find a matching scientist at another CELSA partner. The EU support officers will exchange expressions of interests seeking collaboration by their researchers, attempting to find interested counterparts. Through an exchange of information between the EU support offices regarding future calls for proposals (e.g. future work programs of Horizon Europe), the EU support teams will also assist the applicants in finding potential future topics in European programs.


Following conditions apply:

  • Any scientific discipline qualifies for funding by the CELSA Research Fund.
  • The application is submitted by at least one KU Leuven researcher who meets the conditions of the  Internal Funds General Regulations and at least one researcher from at least one other CELSA partner. Eligibility of  researchers of the CELSA partners must be verified within each CELSA partner, following the specific conditions.
  • The project funding can be used freely by the researchers involved, as long as the activities concern research, strengthen the collaboration within the CELSA network, and can lead to a high quality application for any of the European competitive funds as mentioned. Preferably research staff will be appointed on the project’s budget (for KU Leuven: ‘Wetenschappelijk medewerker’ barema 43 of 44 or ‘bursaal’) (‘science worker’, PhD student or postdoc).
  • Within 3 years of the start of the project, the applicant consortium (including additional partners) has to jointly apply for a call for proposals for a European competitive funding program, such as a collaborative research project in Horizon Europe (MSCA Doctoral Networks, EIC Pathfinder, Global Challenges).

Applicants are aware of legal aspects regarding the CELSA collaboration (ownership of results, dissemination of results, access rights, authorship, ethics and research integrity and some specific arrangements). Questions about this can be addressed to the EU support office


Time schedule for the 2022 call for proposals

  • Publication call: July 2022
  • Deadline for submission: December 15, 2022.
  • Evaluation of project proposals: December 2022 – May 2023
  • Announcement of the results: July 2023
  • Start of the projects: October 1st, 2023

The project proposal has to contain the following parts:

  • Cover page (max. 1p): title, name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the researchers involved, an indication of who will be the leading scientist of the project (coordinator, either from KU Leuven or a partner university), a non-confidential and public-friendly abstract or summary (max. 2000 characters), and up to 5 key words. Please use this template.
  • Attachment 1: the project description (max. 4p): problem statement & objectives, envisaged progress beyond the state of the art, methodology, anticipated results, managerial aspects and timing.
  • Attachment 2: Resources (max. 1p): clear indication of the budget applied for at each side (KU Leuven side and partner university side) and the proposed use of the project budget to acquire new resources, linked to the methodology. Please add a description of the available resources (incl. infrastructure and equipment).
  • Attachment 3: Added value of the collaboration (max. 1p): description of the consortium of researchers focusing on the added value of the collaboration to the envisaged research activities.
  • Attachment 4: Potential towards a future EU funding application (max. 1p): description of the potential towards a future joint application as well as the linkages to a call for proposals of a European research funding program, specifying the future call (e.g. Marie S. Curie network, Horizon Europe focus area or draft call topic, ERA-Net call, cPPP call, …); description of the relevance of the collaboration for that call, program, or European research & innovation policy or focus area (this may include aspects of innovation and potential future impact of the research or collaboration, if relevant in the future European call); proposed timelines and planning towards the future European application (including perhaps specifying types of additional partners outside CELSA required for the collaborative projects); identification of possible third parties and societal and/or industrial stakeholders or possible partners in future EU applications
  • Attachment 5: CV of the involved applicants (PI and co-PI’s, not the collaborating researchers) (max. 1p per participating researcher): short description of the expertise, 5 most important publications relevant to the proposal, indication of previous (most important) European or international collaborations.

Proposal submission

For all applications the online submission system of the KU Leuven Internal Funds must be used (the application form will be available as soon as possible). Consequently, the KU Leuven researcher in the consortium will have to submit the joint project proposal, which will be composed of the cover page and the 5 attachments. After submission all participating researchers will receive a pdf file of the entire application.

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