Science meets life

VIB’s basic research is inspired by the grand societal challenges and focuses on two primary needs of mankind: healthy living and sustainable food production. Our scientists, grouped in thematic Research Centers, study the molecular mechanisms of human health and disease, and of plant growth and development. A better understanding of these mechanisms will lead to improved diagnostics and therapies and, ultimately, disease prevention and better crops and food products.

Our team of tech transfer professionals ensures that research results are translated into added value for our economy and tangible benefits for society.

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VIB researchers play in the top league of their discipline and our scientific research is continuously benchmarked with the world’s leading experts in various sub-fields from other life sciences institutes. Research at VIB is science conducted at the frontier of the global scientific endeavor.
There is no doubt that scientific breakthroughs depend not only on interdisciplinary collaboration, curiosity-driven research and creativity, but also to a large extent on technological advancement. We realize how important it is for our scientists to have access to technological expertise and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
We strongly believe in an interactive approach to keep the public abreast of what we do at VIB. Public engagement helps to maximize the flow of knowledge and learning between our institute and society. It can help to build trust and mutual understanding.
People in and around VIB are well aware of our mission: basic research as a starting point for tangible solutions that benefit society. But translating a novel finding or technology into an innovative drug or agricultural application doesn’t happen overnight.

Scientists who embark on a career at VIB do not just have access to state-of-the-art facilities and the most innovative technologies. They can also rely on the necessary training and support in every step of their career.


Doing breakthrough research requires the necessary funds and resources. VIB receives a grant from the Flemish government which ensures its core funding over a period of five years.