How to search in FRIS?

Search in the search bar

• Click the search field and enter one or more words. The portal will show results where all these search terms occur together, but not necessarily next to each other. If you only want to see results where both terms are literally next to each other, write them between quotation marks.
For example: "multimedia systems".
• To see results of a query with multiple terms that do not have to occur together, but separately, you must use the OR operator
For example: liver OR transplantation gives results where one or more terms occur. Results where ALL terms occur together are ranked higher in the sorting mode "relevance"
• Use preferably Dutch terms on the Dutch version of our website, and English terms on the English language website. This will affect the accuracy of your result set.
• Wildcard search. The portal will default and implicitly assume an asterisk at the end of the search term in your search. As a result, the portal will not only search for the term, but also for words that start with the term. A search on software will therefore display all information containing the words software, software product, software system etc.

Search with the filters in the left navigation

If you have searched in the search bar, you can refine the search results by the facets displayed in the left column. This varies for each object that you have searched. For example you can further refine the result of the object researcher by its research organisation, number of publications, funding type of his projects or his scientific discipline.

Search ALL RESULTS or in an object

All results

You are searching in all types of information in FRIS. The results are generally sorted by relevance.


Displays information about the researchers in Flanders. You can search by terms for expertise, name of the researcher, research projects, scientific publications, disciplines. The most relevant hits are shown first. You can also sort alphabetically.


Provides information about the research units in Flanders. You can search by the name of the unit, the scientific activity, the public funded projects within the research unit or the scientific papers which were published. Default view are the most relevant hits. However, you can also sort alphabetically.


Provides access to information about current research and recently completed research in Flanders, which received (partially) public funding. You can search by terms from the title or synopsis of the projects, names of researchers or research units, the type of funding received by the project. By default the most relevant results are displayes. However, you can also sort by date (start date of the project).


Provides access to Open Access publications (including these) and other research results. You can search by terms of title or abstract, keywords, names of authors or publishers and their research units. Default view are the most relevant results, but you can also sort by date of publication.


Provides access to infrastructures linked with research in Flanders. Infrastructures is a collective name for equipment, facilities and e-resources used for scientific research.
You can search by terms of name, descriptions, keywords, names of responsibles and their research units. Results are ranked on relevance.


Provides access to Patents. A patent is a document, published by a competent government agency, that gives the right to prohibit persons or organisations from producing or using a new design, device or process for a specified period of time.
You can search by terms of title or abstract, keywords, names of authors or creators and their research units. Default view are the most relevant results, but you can also sort by date of publication.


Provides access to Datasets. Datasets are data and objects generated or collected by researchers affiliated by a Flemish research institution in the course of their investigations, regardless of their form or method, that form the object on which researchers test a hypothesis. This includes the full range of data: raw, unprocessed datasets, proprietary generated and processed data and secondary data obtained from third parties.
You can search by terms of title or abstract, keywords, names of authors or publishers and their research units. Default view are the most relevant results, but you can also sort by year of publication.


Content in FRIS

The FRIS Research portal contains information about publicly funded scientific research in Flanders.

On the current website you can obtain information on researchers, research, scientific projects and publications.


FRIS contains the address of the active researchers in Flanders, the expertise of the researchers, an overview of the research and the results of their research.

Research units

FRIS shows the profile and address information of the research units at universities and scientific institutions in Flanders. You can find the active research unit, as well as the expertise of the unit based on its projects and publications.


Description of the public funded research in Flanders since 2008. You can find a synopsis, a summary of the scientific discipline (s) in which the project is situated, researchers and organizations involved and the funding of the project.


FRIS contains some types of publications of the Flemish universities and scientific institutions: books and contributions to books and journals. You can find the title, summary and implementers of the publication. g

FRIS graphs

At the page 'Figures' graphs are shown that are built based on the FRIS data. These charts will be expanded in the coming years.

Expert finder

This module allows to find experts (person or organisation) based on a search through the tree structure of the scientific disciplines in Flanders. This fixed classification is a list of existing scientific disciplines agreed in Flanders and will be made and maintained in consultation with our partners at ECOOM Hasselt.

Who are the FRIS dataproviders?

At the current website you will find information about following scientific organisations (in alphabetical order):

  • Botanic Garden Meise - Plantentuin Meise
  • Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR)
  • Flanders Marine Institue - Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ)
  • Ghent University - Universiteit Gent (UGent)
  • Hasselt University - Universiteit Hasselt (UHasselt)
  • Institute of Tropicale Medicine - Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde (ITG)
  • Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp - Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen (KMDA)
  • University of Antwerp - Universiteit Antwerpen (UAntwerpen
  • University of Leuven - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

How do I report changes?

For the construction of FRIS the Flemish government set up a partnership with scientific institutions, where it was agreed that all information is retracted directly (from the system) of the organisations involved.

To change your data, it is best to directly contact the managers of the HRM, project or publication systems of your own institution. You can also use the contact form on our website to identify any changes, after which we will contact your academic institution. Changes are made always through the systems of the organisations involved.

How up to date is the information in FRIS?

The information is provided directly by  web services from the systems provided by the scientific institutes. Once a record of a researcher, project or publication is available in the HRM system, the project database or digital repository of scientific institution, it is forwarded to the FRIS research portal within the week.

How to filter my search result?

After entering your search term, you can first filter the search results by object, using the tabs 'researchers', 'projects', 'publications' and 'organizations'. You can then refine your search through the navigation on the left.

How does the expertfinder work?


By using the expertfinder you can trace experts (researchers or research units) through the tree structure of the scientific disciplines in Flanders.

You can first select whether you want to search a researcher or organization and then you can select the desired scientific discipline in the list of disciplines. You can open the list to select a detailed level discipline or you can also search through the search bar to filter disciplines.

FRIS and Open Access

In FRIS you can find the metadata of many publication records from the repositories of the Flemish universities and scientific institutions. So you can use the FRIS link to the Open URL of the publication in the repository of the academic institution / publishing (via DOI, Handle URL orcid reference). Depending on your license, it is possible that in this way you can directly click through to the Open Access full text of the publication.

Why do I sometimes appear two times as a researcher in the portal?

This is possible. Researchers, working at different institutions, are provided seperately by each institution to the FRIS portal. We can link the names if your ORCIDs will be provided by the institutions. In the meantime you can report it to us.

How are the keywords of a researcher composed?

The keywords that are related to a researcher are a combination of the keywords and research domains of the researcher as provided by the institution.

Is FRIS in accordance with the GDPR requirements?

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), every data subject has the right to access, rectification and addition, limitation of processing, data portability and the right to be forgotten. These rights can be accessed by contacting the relevant institution that is responsible for supplying the data. This can be done directly with the institution or by our contact form.