Located in the heart of Europe, the ULB plays an important role within the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area, coordinating or partnering numerous projects funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013) and participating in the new H2020 programme (2014-2020).

To date, the ULB has hosted or is currently hosting 30 recipients of exclusive ERC (European Research Council) grants - 16 Starting Grants, 6 Consolidator Grants and 8 Advanced Grants -, together with 17 individual Marie Curie researchers.

On 27 June 2013, the ULB's Research Council officially acknowledged the strategic importance of participating in European research programmes: European Research Council programmes, Marie Skodowska-Curie programmes (individual and network programmes) and the cooperative programmes COST and tenders.

This official acknowledgement means that the ULB's European Unit (Research Department) will be boosting its support for researchers in coordination with the other ULB administrative units. It also means that the academic authorities will be actively promoting these programmes, that all academic new-hires will be encouraged to submit an application for an ERC grant, and that specific incentive measures will be initiated.