FWO: which reporting requirements are applicable to research output of FWO projects?

What does FWO require?

FWO requires all information on research results to be submitted to the FRIS research portal if these results originate from a project that is at least partially funded with FWO resources. At Ghent University, fulfilling this requirement is supported through GISMO and Biblio. From these institutional systems, the required data will then flow through to FRIS.

The FWO requires the submission of information on three types of research results: 1) peer-reviewed journal articles, 2) datasets and 3) research infrastructure. The FWO asks its researchers to update the information in the institution's own systems and repositories on a regular basis. When a fellow leaves the receiving institution, responsibility for linking the mandate to new publications, of which the former fellow is an author, is transferred to the promoter.

More information on the FWO requirement

What to do?

Each fellow and (co-)promotor involved in an FWO project is responsible for entering the correct and complete metadata of the research results in the information systems of their institution(s). Researchers should not only enter the required information, but also make the links (or validate the links) between their research results and related research projects.

  • All projects funded by the FWO at Ghent University are registered centrally in GISMO. This includes fellowships. You therefore do not have to do anything yourself for this to happen.
  • The promotor/fellow receives an email from the Research Department (Funding Unit Flemish-federal) that the project and the grant have been created, with a direct link to the project form in GISMO. This project form must be checked and any missing metadata must be completed. Required metadata are: Dutch title and abstract, English title and abstract, discipline code level 4, min. one Dutch and one English keyword. > more on the project form
  • The same email also contains a reference to the personal profile. A complete personal profile is obligatory, i.e. an ORCID-id linked to Ghent University and a discipline code level 4. > more on the personal profile
  • If these files are not complete, the project will not be shown in the research explorer, or will be forwarded to FRIS! > more on how GISMO feeds into FRIS
  • From now on, the project is also available for Biblio and can be linked to publications and/or datasets. And this is what FWO is now expecting from its researchers: do not forget to connect your outputs to your project! > More about linking research output to a project in Biblio
  • GISMO forwards the publication information, including the project link, to FRIS. FRIS identifies the publications that have undergone peer review.
  • For the reporting of published, peer-reviewed journal articles, FWO offers an online reporting form and retrieves the publication information from FRIS. On the FWO portal, you need to initiate the import of publications from FRIS to the project report. Make sure you do this in a timely manner, so that there is enough time to verify the report and take action to complete the report by providing the necessary information to Biblio and/or GISMO if there is any incorrect or missing information (often this requires contact with the helpdesk teams of Biblio or GISMO).
  • More about linking datasets to publications in Biblio


At the end of 2022, the FWO introduced new reporting requirements for research results resulting from research funded at least partly by FWO funds.

From 2024 onwards, FWO will compile the research output section of the FWO report based on information in FRIS. In a first phase (for projects with an interim or final reporting deadline in June 2024, i.e. projects that started in 2019 and 2021), only published, peer-reviewed journal articles will be extracted from FRIS by the FWO portal. Other research output types and research infrastructure will still be reported in the old way, namely by manually adding the information for the publications, datasets and infrastructure. It is therefore important to link your publications in Biblio to your FWO project now. For further information on how to ensure that the reporting of publications based on information in FRIS runs smoothly, check the research tip FWO: Why is my publication report not complete?

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