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

Research on food addiction & eating disorders - Fund Jeanne & Alice Van de Voorde

The diagnosis, treatment and/or long term follow up of food addiction and eating disorders in children and young adults

Ongoing

Research on the pathologies of the retina and the optic nerve

Research on the pathologies of the retina and the optic nerve

Soon to be closed!

Call 2022 - iris-Research Fund

Clinical and translational multicentric research in the hospitals of the iris network Brussels

Selection announced

Grantees

Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc

STEREOPAC - Etude randomisée multicentrique de phase II comparative visant à évaluer l’impact d’une radiothérapie stéréotaxique en complément d’une chimiothérapie néoadjuvante dans le cancer du pancréas localisé et potentiellement résécable

UGent

SPIDER: Spondyloarthritis Precursors In first DEgree Relatives. Identifying gut microbiome alterations and early signs of subclinical gut inflammation in family members of spondyloarthritis patients.

Supported project: SPIDER: Spondyloarthritis Precursors In first DEgree Relatives. Identifying gut microbiome alterations and early signs of subclinical gut inflammation in famil…

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

Jeanne and Alice Van de Voorde (Fund)

Supporting research at ULB and/or VUB on the health of children and young adults

Press Releases

One million euros for neurological research into rare diseases

26 07 2021

KBF grants more than 6.6 million euros to health research

26 07 2021

Nearly €1.4 million for Belgian research into cystic fibrosis

01 07 2021

Stories

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