The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is a charter member of LERU and 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 17th European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions KU Leuven is listed as the 2nd European university.
KU Leuven participates in over 540 highly competitive European research projects (FP7, 2007-2013), ranking 6th in the league of HES institutions participating in FP7. In Horizon 2020, KU Leuven currently has been approved 101 projects. KU Leuven takes up the 9th place of European institutions hosting ERC grants. KU Leuven has 57,284 (June 2015) students, employs 11,769 people (excluding the University Hospitals) and totals up operating revenues to 933 million euros in 2014. KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) is the technology transfer office (TTO) of the KU Leuven. Since 1972 a multidisciplinary team of experts guides researchers in their interaction with industry and society, and the valorisation of their research results (e.g. 101 spin offs).