With the aim of encouraging research into the healthy human being, both from the physical and spiritual point of view and particularly in fields largely still unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, BIAL Foundation now opens a Grants programme for Scientific Research with the following characteristics:
BIAL Foundation reserves the right to refuse the application of former Grant Holders who have repeatedly violated their legal and contractual obligations with BIAL Foundation.
The Regulation of Grants for Scientific Research of the BIAL Foundation is available below:
The Bial Foundation Grants Management System (BF-GMS) denotes the restricted access components of the Bial Foundation Grants Management System and offers functionality to researchers and reviewers involved in the BF system of Grants for Scientific Research.
Here you can register to the website, complete your profile, create and submit a new application when a new Financial Support programme is available, as well as manage supported projects since 2014 – e.g. submit scientific and financial progress/final reports.
To use all the functionalities of the system you should first register through the link below. After registering to the website you will find PDF guide that will help you navigating through the System.
We remind you that you can only register once in the BF-GMS registration system. If you have lost and forgotten your login credentials please use the automated recovery tool.
If you still have any doubts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +351 229 866 150.
Yes. You can edit and change this field inside the application form.
Yes. However, the PI indicated in 1st place will be the person the BIAL Foundation will always be in touch with and the one that will sign the Research Funding Agreement together with the Host Entity, in case the application is approved. The second person may be a co-PI. Attachment 4 of the online application only applies to the PI.
No. There is no restriction on the number of different proposals you may submit or take part in, but the likelihood of having multiple proposals approved as PI or co-PI is small.
Yes. Nevertheless, in case the submitted project is approved for funding it can only start after the ongoing project of the PI or co-PI responsibility is concluded with success. Furthermore, according to the Regulation of Grants, a new project may only be supported in case the ongoing project is concluded by October 2021.
The BIAL Foundation assesses and supports scientific research projects. These projects may be developed for the purpose of a master or PhD. However, the Foundation does not pay for any tuition fees and will only take into consideration the research project timeline.
No. You must have a Host Entity that supports the development of the project within its facilities. In case the project is approved, the Host Entity will sign the Research Funding Agreement and receive the funding.
In the editable fields, you can only insert text. Nevertheless, if you find necessary to add figures, images or graphs, for the Scientific Board appraisal, you can upload them in the section “ATTACHMENTS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT APPLICATION – 7. Other attached documents (optional)”. Each file cannot exceed 5MB. You should draw the attention of the Scientific Board to the attached files in the section “Research Plan and Methods”.
Yes. In this section you should list all the projects funded by the BIAL Foundation that a research team member has taken part in, regardless of its project role.
You must specify the number of publications and actions you expect to achieve with this research project during its duration. Be positive, but also realistic in terms of your expectations. If the proposal is approved, you have to ensure that the team is able of carrying out the project as described in the proposal and achieve in full the expected outputs.
The funding can be used to support:
No. All the expected expenses must be incurred during the project duration.
No. Overheads/indirect costs and payments for the use of spaces or equipment of the Host Entity or the Research Centre where the project will be conducted are not eligible and will not be accepted, with the exception of payments for the use of neuroimaging devices – CT, MEG, MRI, PET, SPECT.
No. In principle, the total amount should be smoothly and equitably divided during the project duration. At least 3 instalments should be considered and the final payment (made after approval of the final report and other requirements are met) must be no less than 10% of the total amount.
The BIAL Foundation reserves the right to adjust the total requested funding according to the reviewing process.
No. It is not specified the information needed, however the CV should be in English and have 4 pages maximum. A CV including all the information you find relevant for the Scientific Board appraisal must be uploaded for each team member.
No. However, the declaration should clearly convey the commitment of the Host Entity to support the development of the project within their facilities by providing the technical and logistical support required to perform the research project in case it succeeds to be awarded. This declaration must mention the title of the project and be signed by the Dean/Head/Director of the University/Institution (Host Entity) or by the Director of the Department/Laboratory/Research centre of the Host Entity. When the PI or co-PI is simultaneously the Director of the Department/Laboratory/Research centre the declaration, whenever possible, should be signed by another representative of the Host Entity.
Yes. Whenever the Research Project involves the use of animal and/or human subjects it is required proof of its submission to the competent ethics committee(s) when applying to the BIAL Foundation. You can upload: a letter from the ethics committee acknowledging receipt of submission for review; an automatic email received; a print screen of the platform; or other document, depending on the system used by the Committee. Afterwards, in case the Research Project is approved for funding, proof of the ethics approval must be uploaded before the BIAL Foundation issues the Research Funding Agreement.
No. The BIAL Foundation cannot accept applications unless they are submitted via the Bial Foundation Grants Management System (BF-GMS) by the requested deadline - 31st of August 2020, 23:59 (GMT+1). Applications are not accepted in any other format or sent by another mechanism. Due to the large number of applications expected, there may be technical issues during the hours close to the deadline. We therefore recommend that you submit your project proposal well in advance of the deadline.
All applicants will receive an e-mail letting them know the decision within four months after the deadline for submission of applications.
No. The BIAL Foundation works hard to ensure that all proposals are thoroughly considered and that everyone is treated equally and fairly. However, we will not consider appeals against the decision to not fund a proposal.
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a Grants programme for scientific research with the aim of encouraging the research into healthy human being’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL Foundation Grants have been increasing. Up to now 691 projects have been supported, involving about 1500 researchers from 25 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts ranging from €5,000 to €50,000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific Board according to the needs of each project.
The research funded by the BIAL Foundation from 1994 to April 2020 has resulted in the publication of 1555 papers, 1186 of which in indexed journals (in Scopus or Web of Science) and 991 in impact factor journals. Almost half of the papers were published in journals that ranked in the first quartile (Q1) in their subject area. By April 2020, 1025 papers were cited on average 20 times.
Among the researchers supported by the BIAL Foundation, is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Spain and Japan, among many others.
In total, in the 13 editions, 691 research projects were supported, involving 1494 researchers from 25 countries. The supported projects are equivalent to 27% of total applications, and are divided in the fields of Psychophysiology (50%), Parapsychology (32%) and both (18%).
Reflecting the increasing awareness of the BIAL Foundation, supporting research in psychophysiology and parapsychology within the international scientific community, the most significant numbers of applications, apart from Portugal, come from the UK, USA, and Italy.
A study conducted by Marinho, Guedes and Sousa, presented at the 12th Symposium of the BIAL Foundation, held in Porto from April 4 to 7, 2018, gives an overview of the changes in the number of publications from 1994 to March 2018 and can be accessed at the following link. In addition, the Foundation provides an open online database that can be accessed by the scientific community and by the general public here.
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