KU Leuven is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (EUR 365 million in 2012), and is a charter member of LERU. KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. Leuven participates in over 540 highly competitive European research projects (FP7, 2007-2013), ranking sixth in the league of HES institutions participating in FP7.
KU Leuven takes up the 8th place of European institutions hosting ERC grants (as first legal signatories of the grant agreement). To date, the 69 ERC Grantees (including affiliates with VIB and IMEC) in our midst confirm that KU Leuven is a breeding ground (49 Starting Grants) and attractive destination for the world’s best researchers. The success in the FP7 Marie Curie Actions is a manifestation of the three pillars of KU Leuven: research, education and service to society. In our 136 Actions, of which 53 Initial Training Networks, hundreds of young researchers have been trained through research and have acquired the necessary skills to transfer their knowledge into the world outside academia.
KU Leuven employs 7,018 researchers on its academic staff (2013). 39% of its graduate students and 36% of its postdoctoral researchers are international scholars (2011-2012). To strengthen international collaboration, KU Leuven has its own international research fellowship programme and supports international scholars in international funding applications. KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) is the technology transfer office (TTO) of the KU Leuven. Since 1972 a multidisciplinary team of experts guides researchers in their interaction with industry and society, and the valorisation of their research results (101 spin offs, …).The KU Leuven is a leading university in the field of Science & Technology, with among others a Research Centre Sustainable Earth, which stimulates multidisciplinary research, and a KU Leuven Energy-Institute, which conducts research, in collaboration with the Belgian industry, on global and multidisciplinary energy issues and problems, spanning four core areas of energy research: energy technology, economics, legal aspects and security and the environment. Within the European KIC-InnoEnergy the area of intelligent energy-efficient buildings and cities is the focus of the CC Benelux (Eindhoven-Leuven), stimulating education, research, innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization of sustainable energy technologies in this field.