The F.R.S.-FNRS and its associated funds are all administrated by a Board of Directors or a Management Committee made up of representatives of university institutions from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation as well as personalities from the economic, social and political world.
The Board of Directors has the jurisdiction to:
- manage and award funding granted by the different Authorities (Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Federal State)
- represent international scientific institutions and the associated contributions,
- award Prizes, distinctions or special grants allocated following special donations or bequests,
- carry out the administrative tasks required for the execution of these competences.
The Bureau studies all the questions which have to be submitted to the Board of Directors, and makes proposals to it. It does the same for any other question which the Board has asked it to examine.
Under the supervision of the F.R.S.-FNRS, the “Associated Funds” are specialised scientific institutions which are in direct contact with the evolution of research. Their organisation and running have been conceived in such a way that together they form a coherent whole. This coherence is guaranteed by the existence of a unique administration which the action of the different Funds relies upon. The procedures for submitting and selecting requests are identical.
While the F.R.S.-FNRS, FRIA and FRESH essentially finance individual research (mandates, grants or credits), the four other associated Funds (IISN, FRSM, FRFC and FRFS) mainly subsidise research programmes presented by laboratories. The financial support allocated to the promotor enables him/her to take on the requisite scientific and technical staff, to acquire the necessary equipment and to cover the operating costs.
Founded in 1947 in order to respond to one of the major preoccupations of the second half of the XXth century: studying the issue in more depth.
Founded in 1957 to meet the specific needs of scientific research on health.
Founded in 1965 to promote team research in all domains which don't fall under the two other associated Funds.
Entrusted to the F.R.S.-FNRS in 1994 by the government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Created in 2012 by the government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and entrusted to the F.R.S.-FNRS.
Created in 2013 by the government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and entrusted to the F.R.S.-FNRS, within the context of policies shared with the Walloon Region.