Grants programme for scientific research


In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a Grants programme for scientific research with the aim of encouraging the research into healthy human being’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.

Since its launch, applications to the BIAL Foundation Grants have been increasing. Up to now 847 projects have been supported, involving 1678 researchers from 29 countries.

The approved applications will benefit from grants up to a maximum amount of €60,000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific Board according to the needs of each project.

The research funded by the BIAL Foundation from 1994 to July 2022 has resulted in the publication of 2036 papers, 1632 of which in indexed journals (in Scopus or Web of Science) and 1404 in impact factor journals. Almost half of the papers were published in journals that ranked in the first quartile (Q1) in their subject area. By July 2022, 1472 papers were cited on average 24 times.

Among the researchers supported by the BIAL Foundation, is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Spain and Japan, among many others.

Grants Management System

The BIAL Foundation Grants Management System (BF-GMS) denotes the restricted access components of the BIAL Foundation Grants Management System and offers functionality to researchers and reviewers involved in the BF system of Grants for Scientific Research.

Here you can register to the website, complete your profile, create and submit a new application when a new Financial Support programme is available, as well as manage supported projects since 2014 – e.g. submit scientific and financial progress/final reports.

To use all the functionalities of the system you should first register through the link below. After registering to the website you will find PDF guide that will help you navigating through the System.

We remind you that you can only register once in the BF-GMS registration system. If you have lost and forgotten your login credentials please use the automated recovery tool.

If you still have any doubts, please contact or +351 229 866 150.


BIAL Foundation Grants Management System (BF-GMS)

At the moment, it is not possible to create an account in the BF-GMS, since the Grants Programme for Scientific Research is not open to applications

Testimonials about some Supported Projects

Below you can find some testimonials of the supported researchers

Helané Wahbeh

A telephone telepathy study: Does genetic relatedness influence psychic abilities?

Kenneth Drinkwater

Neuropsychological and cognitive-perceptual characteristics of mediums and psychics

Dean Radin

Analysis of an entropic anomaly in 23 years of truly random data

Zoltan Kekecs

A fully transparent pre-registered replication study of precognitive detection of reinforcement using an expert consensus design

Marc Wittmann & Damisela Linares Gutiérrez

Changes in the temporal width of the present moment after meditation

Julia Mossbridge

A trait-and-state analysis of precognitive remote viewing focusing on gender, emotions, and pregnancy status

Ana Teixeira Santos

Getting the aging brain to train: A working memory and neurostimulation approach

Miguel Farias

The mind possessed project: Mapping the varieties of possession experiences

Stephen Baumgart

Signal or noise? Using a psychophysical approach to investigate the effects of attention and neurofeedback

Caroline Di Luft

Two-brain directed synchronization during eye contact

São Luís Castro

The impact of music training on reading and mathematical abilities of normal and reading disabled children

Nolween Marie

Phenomenological experience and neurophysiological correlates of shamanic trance in healthy individuals

Rui Alves and Teresa Jacques

Mind-Body Interactions in Writing (M-BW)

Elena Antonova

EEG microstates in experienced meditators, from letters to grammar

Anna Ciaunica

Estranged from oneself, estranged from the others

Dean Radin

Psi, nonlocality and entangled photons

Julie Beischel

Correlating accurate intuition with learning styles and sensory modality preferences

Devin Terhune

Atypical metacognition and time perception

Christine Simmonds-Moore

Correlates and nature of subjective apparitional experiences

Clara Pretus

A neuroimaging study of religious and nationalist radicals

Amir Raz

Consciousness training

Marilyn Schlitz

The role of beliefs in psi in a precognition study

Stephen Badham

Age-related changes in brain

Sofia Machado

Producing a Near-Death Experience like through hypnosis

Nicholas Furl

Brain encoding of the distinctive movements of facial expressions

Arnaud Delorme

A study about anomalous psychological phenomena

Thilo Hinterberger

Paced Breathing

Jennifer Kim Penberthy

Extraordinary experiences

Lénia Amaral

Episodic memory enhancement

Mark Blagrove

Electrophysiological correlation

Helané Wahbeh

Full-trance channeling

Aaron Koralek

Dopamine in behavior & action

Tal Dotan Ben-Soussan

Consciousness and selfhood

Joana Coutinho

Empathy in couples

Miguel Farias

Neural stimulation & paranormal

Jason Braithwaite

The dissociated self

Julie Beischel

Information reception in mediums

John Kruth

Mood and emotion

Catherine French

Conditional Foxp2 deletion

Veena Kumari

The mindful eye

Etzel Cardeña

Alterations of consciousness

Stefan Schmidt

Libet revisited

Numbers & Statistics

Throughout several editions, the Grants for Scientific Research of the BIAL Foundation have been increasingly recognized. In the first edition of Grants, in 1994, the BIAL Foundation received a total of 48 applications and supported 10 projects. In the last edition of 2022, 318 research projects involving 900 researchers were received, out of which 75 projects were funded. The graph shows the percentage of the funded projects according to the total number of applications received in each edition.

In total, in the 15 editions, 847 research projects were supported, involving 1678 researchers from 29 countries. The supported projects are equivalent to 26% of total applications, and are divided in the fields of Psychophysiology (51%), Parapsychology (30%) and both (19%).

Reflecting the increasing awareness of the BIAL Foundation, supporting research in psychophysiology and parapsychology within the international scientific community, the most significant numbers of applications, apart from Portugal, come from the UK, USA, and Italy.

The research funded by the BIAL Foundation in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology from 1994 to July 2022 has resulted in the publication of 1632 articles in indexed journals (in Scopus or Web of Science), 1404 of which in journals with an average impact factor of 4.1 and 301 in journals with an impact factor greater than 5. By July 2022, there was a substantial number of citations (35.256), with 486 publications cited more than 20 times.

Globally, the researchers supported by the BIAL Foundation published 3190 scientific papers, chapters, book chapters, conference abstracts and master and doctoral theses.

A study conducted by Cordeiro, Marinho, Guedes and Sousa, presented at the 13th Symposium of the BIAL Foundation, held in Porto from April 6 to 9, 2022, gives an overview of the changes in the number of publications from 1994 to March 2022 and can be accessed at the following link. In addition, the Foundation provides an open online database that can be accessed by the scientific community and by the general public here.

Supported Projects

Find here the lists of supported projects per Grant Edition.