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

Maurange (Fund)

Springboard grant to help talented postdoctoral researchers in applied research in primary care to launch their research career


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

Support for research in cardiology that encompasses disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and their interplay.


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.



Katalin Karikó

'Wetenschap voor de Toekomst'-Solvayprijs 2022 / Le Prix Solvay pour la science du futur 2022

The Prize was awarded for her research on the biochemical modification of synthetically produced messenger RNA (mRNA) which has enabled the rapid development of vaccines

UC Leuven

MyDIABPal. Co-creating and testing an illustrated self-management support package (DSMSP) for person-centred diabetes care in interdisciplinary primary care services

Project of Erika Vanhauwaert (Hogeschool UC Leuven) : The overall objective of the MYDIABPal project is to empower T2DM diabetes and prediabetes patients towards therapy adherenc…

Fondation Médicale Reine Elisabeth - Geneeskundige Stichting Koningin Elisabeth

Wetenschappelijke prijzen 2022 - Prijs Ernest SOLVAY  / Prix scientifiques 2022 - Prix Ernest SOLVAY

Ernest Solvay prize toWalgrave Hannah for her publication "Restoring miR-132 expression rescues adult hippocampal neurogenesis and memory deficits in Alzheimer’s disease

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Research in cardio-oncology

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

Funds and philanthropic tools

Research on biochemical research on cancer (Fund for)

Support for scientific research on biochemical action mechanisms in cancer

ORSI Fund (Friends of ORSI Fund)

Philanthropists support projects that aim to improve the quality of care, thanks to training in innovative and less invasive surgical techniques, such as robotic surgery.

Press Releases

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

One million euros for neurological research into rare diseases

26 07 2021


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