At ULB, about 200 PhD thesis every year.
Fundamental research is the source of all major advances as well as practical applications and innovation, and is central to the work of ULB professors and scientists.
Fundamental research receives funding from European programmes (ERC, Marie Curie, etc.), the Belgian Federal Government (Interuniversity Attraction Poles, IAP and Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks), the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles through its Collective Research Initiative (ARC), and the FRS-FNRS (Fonds de la recherche scientifique) or specific programmes (Welbio) launched through patronage or one of a variety of Foundations.
If one fact could attest to the quality of this fundamental research, it would be that 35% of all publications within Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles come from ULB.
In addition to the four Nobel Prizes and the 16 ERC grants, a number of ULB scientists have gained recognition from the international panels of the Francqui Prize, the highest award in the sciences in Belgium (8 of 21 prizes awarded to all Belgian universities over the past 20 years), as well as five-yearly FNRS prizes (9 of 20 in the past 20 years across all French speaking universities).