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

Fund Catharina Weekers, Fund Raymond Wuyts, Fund Gezusters Loosveldt & Fund Patrick Bouillon

Research on hematologic cancers in adults.

Selection announced

Fund for Scientific Research in Rheumatology

Research in rheumatology

Selection announced

Research on rare genetic neuromuscular diseases

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

Selection announced


Fondation Saint-Luc

Comprendre la pandémie de SRAS-CoV-2 et y faire face grâce à la biologie des systèmes et à la médecine de réseau

Develop a holistic approach based on systems biology to discover new pathogenic mechanisms of Covid-19 and identify more effective treatments.

Ghent University

Naar diagnose-specifieke spraaktherapieën bij kinderen met schisis in Vlaanderen / Vers des thérapies orthophoniques spécifiques pour les enfants en Flandre ayant une fente palatine

Determine which speech therapy guidelines work best for which type of cleft palate (cleft palate) in children and evaluate the therapies in focus groups for evidence-based care.

Fondation CNRS

CNRS research projects after the pandemic, France.

Exploiting human genetic variability to develop new generation therapies for respiratory infections.


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

Fund Yvonne and Jacques François-de Meurs

Support to research projects carrying creativity and innovation in the field of diabetes and cancer.

Fund Maurange

Springboard grant for young researchers in primary care and grant for research at the de Duve Institute

Fund Gezusters Loosveldt

The Fund Gezusters Loosveldt support research on hematologic cancers in adults.

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