The Methusalem program is a funding tool provided by the Flemish government that is meant to give stable, long-term structional financial support to internationally renowned researchers who lead a large group in which excellent leading-edge frontier research is conducted.
Methusalem funding is reserved for the most excellent professors only, i.e. they are to:
- have a proven international track record in their research field;
- have an exceptionally strong publication record;
- be highly successful in acquiring research funds from national and international competitive financing sources;
- lead a large research group, allowing them to be a major international player within their domain.