1. To better cure patients
The de Duve Institute was designed as a biomedical research institute gathering the main disciplines of fundamental biology. Its goal is to advance knowledge for the benefit of medicine.
Its investigators’ motto is: “To overcome disease one must first understand it”.
2. To give talented investigators the means to pursue their research
The de Duve Institute recruits high-level investigators from Belgium or abroad, in order to build new teams which will contribute to the progress of Science and Medicine.
The very first teams of the Institute, created in 1974, may be proud of several major discoveries which significantly improved the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Today younger groups have taken over from the founding teams. They need ressources to provide their labs with equipment and recruit young and talented personnel.
3. To support outstanding research at the de Duve Institute
Donations and bequests play a strategic role in funding research of the Institute.
In addition to financing one-year post-doctoral fellowships, sponsorship support new research programs around young gifted scientists until their results enable them to call for conventional funding.
The Institute also endeavours to support ongoing research projects in case of delays between two external fundings.
4. Because research is expensive
With 270 investigators and technicians, the de Duve Institute must find 7 to 8% of its annual budget in sponsorship and products from its own financial assets. This represents approximately €1,250,000.