KU Leuven (KU Leuven) boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. KU Leuven is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (EUR 455.1 million in 2015), and is a charter member of LERU. KUL conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KUL is ranked as the 12th European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions, KUL is listed as the first European university.
Leuven participates in over 540 highly competitive European research projects (FP7, 2007-2013), ranking sixth in the league of HES institutions participating in FP7. In Horizon 2020, KUL has been approved more than 210 projects. KUL takes up the 9th place of European institutions hosting ERC grants (as first legal signatories of the grant agreement).