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

Belgian Heart Fund - Prize Dr. Léon Dumont

Prize Dr. Léon Dumont for research in cardiology

Soon to be closed!

Grant for research in geriatric medicine

Grant for research in geriatric medicine by the Funds Marie-Thérèse De Lava & Robert Schneider

Selection announced

Fund Benevermedex - Assure your future

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

Selection announced



The role of the ubiquitin-protein ligase Nedd4-2 on the electrogenic Na+/HCO3 -cotransporter, NBCe1-B and Pendrin in the thyroid

Supported project of Alain Boom, Renaud Beauwens & Antonina Khoruzenko (IRIBHM-ULB) : The balance between insertion and reuptake of a defined membrane protein, determining it…


Preclinical efficacy assessment of CDK4/6 inhibitory drugs in aggressive thyroid cancers and evaluation of phosphorylated CDK4 as sensitivity biomarker.

Grant for the research project : 'Preclinical efficacy assessment of CDK4/6 inhibitory drugs in aggressive thyroid cancers and evaluation of phosphorylated CDK4 as sensitivity bi…

Anticancer Fund / Antikankerfonds

MyCancer Navigator from the Anti-Cancer foundation

Service in collaboration with doctors and scientists where cancer patients can ask all their questions about their (potential) treatment.


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

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Research in cardio-oncology

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

Funds and philanthropic tools

Children's Tumor Foundation Europe (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support projects from Children's Tumor Foundation Europe to end Neurofibromatosis: causing benign tumors to grow on nerves, learning difficulties and bone problem…

Germaine Thibaut (Fund)

Support for the welfare of vulnerable residents in Halle. Prevention and control of life-threatening diseases, especially cancer. Humanitarian, medical emergencies around the wor…

Fund Moïse and Paul Blaimont

The Fund promotes research in bone surgery and orthopedics

Press Releases

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.

AIDS has not yet been eradicated. The King Baudouin Foundation and BREACH are therefore providing 400,000 euros to support research into HIV and AIDS

30 11 2022

The Fund for AIDS Research and BREACH, the Belgian Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research, are supporting a fundamental research project for an amount of 400,000 euros.

James Robins and others accept the first Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics, worth 1 million USD

13 10 2022

The inaugural $1 million Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics was presented to James Robins of Harvard University and four of his close collaborators.


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