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

Transdisciplinary research on patient value in cancer research

Call for a transdisciplinary research team to develop the concept of patient value and stimulate actors in cancer research to put it central in their research efforts

Research on epilepsy & autism

Fund Victoria: Innovative research on shared underlying pathophysiological mechanisms in epilepsy and autism


Research on rare genetic neuromuscular diseases

Funds Cremers-Opdebeeck & Walter Pyleman : support to research on rare genetic neuromuscular diseases



Fonds Erasme de l’ULB

The role of short-chain fatty acids ' supplementation on anorexia nervosa in an adolescent and young adult population

Project of Marie Delhaye supported by the Fund Jeanne & Alice Van de Voorde : 'The incidence of eating disorders in adolescence has been increasing since 2020. Many very frag…

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Neural correlates of inhibitory control in adolescents with clinically disordered eating

Project of Kris Baetens supported by the Fund Jeanne & Alice Van de Voorde : Self-report measures employed in the assessment of EDs are prone to problems of non-disclosure an…

KU Leuven

Study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying cardiomyopathy caused by transcription factor PR domain containing 16 (Prdm16) deficiency in cardiomyocytes and non-cardiomyocyte cell types

Project of Aernout Luttun (KU Leuven) : "Cardiomyopathies (CMs) are diseases of the heart with a heterogeneous origin. Despite this diversity, all CMs are treated with general sy…

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Research in cardio-oncology

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

Funds and philanthropic tools

Fund AZ Groeninge

Support for research projects that improve patients' chances of survival and quality of life and for the further training of doctors and researchers in training.

Anhaive Cancer (Fund)

The Fund Anhaive Cancer supports research on cancer. 

Doctor Gustave Delport (Fund)

Supporting clinical or fundamental research on the biological aspects of psychiatric disorders.

Press Releases

Research into diseases of the retina and optic nerve wins budget

30 09 2022

Prof. Elfride De Baere, receives funding for her work into diseases of the retina and optic nerve from the Mouton Pro Retina and Liénaert Funds.

Belgian philanthropic and public funders of cancer research join forces

23 09 2022

Several Belgian funding institutions of cancer research will cooperate in a network, the Belgian Cancer Research Consortium.

One million dollars for statistical research

20 06 2022

KBF awards the first biennial Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics to James Robins and others for their research on causal inference in medicine and public health.


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