KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (€ 650 million in 2022), and a charter member of League of European Research Universities (LERU). KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking, KU Leuven is ranked as the 12th European university in the top 50 of ranked 1000 universities, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions (until 2019), KU Leuven was listed as the first European university, for four years in a row. In Horizon 2020, KU Leuven was granted 669 projects (€ 378,5 million), ranking fourth HES institution with regard to number of signed grants. Its success in the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions is a manifestation of the three pillars of KU Leuven: research, education and service to society. As of 2021 KU Leuven employs 13 196 people, including 7 988 researchers without including University Hospitals Leuven (the network of KU Leuven university hospitals).
In EBSI-VECTOR project, KU Leuven is represented by Public Governance Institute (PGI) and KU Leuven ICTS. PGI is an internationally-oriented and interdisciplinary research institute focusing on aspects of public administration and digital governance. Major research topics are policy development, political sciences, co-creation, government organization/HRM, digital transformation, performance/finance management. KU Leuven ICTS is the central ICT department of KU Leuven and has developed one of the first use cases as part of the EBSI early adopter programme, wave 2 and is now part of wave 3. KU Leuven will participate in WP1. Project management and coordination, WP2. Strategizing for scaling up, take-up, and interoperability of EBSI use cases (WP2 Leader and leader of Task 2.1 Institutional needs assessment), WP4. Education Use Case (KU Leuven ICTS) and WP7. Dissemination, communication and visibility.