Health Research

Support research that sets out to find answers to unmet needs and social challenges in healthcare.

Progress in medicine doesn't just appear out of thin air: every stride forward is preceded by long and expensive years of research. Hard work that opens the door to new interventions that stand to benefit both patients and those around them. Thanks to the resources made available by philanthropists, the King Baudouin Foundation is able to support health research at both the Belgian and European level, on top of government investments and in partnership with both public and private actors.

Our actions

  • We support health research and award grants to researchers active in a range of fields: rare illnesses, cancer, neurology, cardiology, rheumatology and much more.
  • We encourage research into rare illnesses, thanks in part to the significant resources made available by the Generet Fund. Every year, this Fund awards a prize of one million euros to a pioneering researcher.
  • We encourage niche research that is not financed by other partes, with a particular focus on innovation and added value.

Health research is part of the programme Health

Calls for projects

Research into MSA

Supporting research into Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) and related diseases


Fund Benevermedex - Assure your future

Support to research in the field of private insurances for the benefit of victims of accidents


Fund for Scientific Research in Rheumatology

Research in rheumatology

Selection announced


Bras Dessus Bras Dessous

Bras dessus Bras dessous

Soutien à un projet qui vise à rompre la solitude des personnes âgées en les mettant en relation avec des voisins plus jeunes.

Demoucelle Parkinson Charity

Veelbelovende projecten rond autofagie in strijd tegen ziekte van Parkinson / Projets prometteurs sur l’autophagie dans la lutte contre la maladie de Parkinson

Supporting 2 projects aimed at improving the autophagy process, to prevent dysfunction of the autophagy mechanism from contributing to Parkinson's disease.

Antwerp University Hospital

The value of 7-day rhythm surveillance as a novel tool for risk prediction in acute myocarditis

Study by C. Van De Heyning: Acute myocarditis (AM) is an inflammatory heart disease. Symptoms vary from mild symptoms to heart failure and life-threatening arrhythmias. Sudden ca…


Award ceremony 5th Prize Generet into rare diseases

16/02/2023 17:30 until 16/02/2023 21:00

Award Ceremony of the 5th Generet Prize for Rare Diseases

Award ceremony - laureates 2022 Funds for health research

05/10/2023 10:30 until 05/10/2023 12:30

Award ceremony - Laureates 2022 of the Funds for health research

Funds and philanthropic tools

Prema Plus (Fund)

Support for research on problems related to prematurity

Fund Raadsheer Carlos Danneels

Support to quality of life of children suffering from a long-term disease and emergy medical aid.


The Fund GENeHOPE aims at accelerating research on genetic diseases by encouraging collaboration between expert centers in Belgium and abroad

Press Releases

Mental Health Research Mapping

KBF releases 4 million euro for mental health research

16 02 2024

The KBF is setting up the Fund for Mental Health Research to map mental health research in Belgium.

Over 6 million euros allocated to health research

06 10 2023

In 2022, 60 Funds dedicated to scientific medical research allocated a total of 6.6 million euros to 72 research projects.

One million euros for research into motor neuron disease ALS

16 02 2023

Prof. Dr Ludo Van Den Bosch is awarded the Generet Prize for Rare Diseases (€ 1,000,000) for his research into motor neuron disease ALS.


From asthma research to better treatment for cystic fibrosis complications?

Health 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

Health 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

Health 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