Life sciences research hub

VIB performs world-leading basic research on some of the most poignant biological questions of our time. It is VIB’s strong conviction that fundamental scientific research – often guided by serendipity – can result in major, sometimes unforeseen, breakthroughs. However, VIB also acts as a hub in the biotech ecosystem through encouraging spin-offs and pursuing business opportunities. These, in turn, can generate novel prospects for basic research in a positive feedback loop.

VIB campuses and research centers

Based on a close partnership with five Flemish universities - Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Hasselt University - VIB unites the expertise of all its collaborators in a single institute. VIB consists of eight thematic research centers with a total of 81 research groups that are embedded in the campuses of the partner universities.

Research areas

Scientists at VIB conduct pioneering research across a wide spectrum of disciplines ranging from cancer, inflammation and neuroscience to plant biology. One of the institute's strengths is the combined expertise of its scientists, who are world leaders in their field.

Life sciences are evolving at an ever-increasing pace: the boundaries of our knowledge are constantly shifting and new technologies emerge on a daily basis. VIB scientists are at the forefront of all these developments and can rely on excellent support staff and state-of-the-art lab facilities and equipment.

Finding answers to the most crucial questions in tomorrow's life sciences requires a multidisciplinary approach, as well as different levels of magnification and aggregation. These range from organism to organ, and cellular and sub-cellular levels, molecular and even atomic levels.

Using the filter below, you can perform a more fine-grained selection of research areas you are interested in.

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International grants office

As central hub to boost your grant applications, VIB’s international Grants Office helps researchers to find and apply for funding.



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Technologies and services

Technological advances set the pace for research.

The basic research at VIB continuously pushes the boundaries of scientific knowledge. In doing so, the need for disruptive technologies has become apparent. Therefore, VIB devotes a lot of attention to the development of core facilities that bundle the institutional technological expertise and make this available to scientists inside and outside of VIB, as well as to industrial partners. Furthermore, VIB has established a dedicated Tech Watch team to make sure that cutting-edge technologies are spotted and integrated into the cores and research centers at an early stage, strengthening the innovative status of VIB research.

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Life in the VIB labs

Labs are more than simply places to perform experiments. Labs are places where colleagues exchange experiences and help each other, where friendships are made. VIB encourages a sensible work-life balance, as well as an enjoyable life within its labs and headquarters. 

Our research

Scientists at VIB conduct groundbreaking biomolecular research in life sciences, leading to sustained scientific progress and contributing to a better world. They study the molecular mechanisms that shape human health and disease, and plant growth and development. The research results can lead to improved detection, prevention and treatment of diseases, as well as enhanced crops and food products.
Since it was founded in 1995, VIB has led the way in showing how excellence in strategic basic research combined with a proactive technology transfer strategy can create tangible results that improve society as a whole.

EU Life: Europe's top life sciences research alliance

VIB is one of the founding members of EU-LIFE, an alliance of leading European life sciences research institutes, which contributes to the improvement of research by influencing European science policies and by developing, implementing and disseminating best practices in the organization and management of research institutes.