The Francqui Foundation was founded in 1932 by Emile Francqui and Herbert Hoover with the goal "to further the development of higher education and scientific research in Belgium". The foundation is a private foundation under the legal form of a Belgian "Institution of Public Utility". The Francqui Foundation wants to encourage the prestige of disinterested fundamental research.
In 1933, the Francqui Prize was awarded for the first time. This prize is intended for those Belgians who have made an important contribution to science and thereby to Belgium. Henri Pirenne, Christian de Duve, and Ilya Prigogine are among those who have received this prize.
A Belgian or non-Belgian scientist can be invited by the Francqui Foundation for a stay at a Belgian university. The scientist should participate in the scientific life and provide a specialized teaching. The proposal for the invitation is made by two or more Belgian universities.
- Science and technology in Belgium
- University Foundation
- Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
- Belgian Academy Council of Applied Sciences
- The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium
- National Fund for Scientific Research
- Academia Belgica
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