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The BRAIN-be framework programme integrates several funding initiatives of the Belgian Science Policy Office with the aim of stimulating even more effective collaborations in the research implemented by the Federal Scientific Institutions (FSIs) and the rest of the scientific community. It also endeavours to meet the needs of the federal departments in terms of knowledge in a more appropriate way.

The federal research funding initiatives which are now integrated into the BRAIN-be programme are the following:

1. The programme Society and Future

The “Society and Future” programme was an extension of the previous scientific research programmes in the social domain in support to decision-making, and financed research within the framework of 11 wide-ranging themes chosen following an extensive consultation of the players in the field: democracy in an international context, the way institutions work, the constitutional system and justice, economy and governance, sciences, knowledge, new technologies and the internet, spatial aspects of social diversity, inequality and social exclusion, target groups in social cohesion: women and the elderly, multiculturalism and social cohesion, the labour market, the quality of work and employment, fairness and health.
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2. The programme Science for Sustainable Development

The “Science for Sustainable Development” programme was an extension of the previous programmes in support to sustainable development policies and funded research in the following areas: energy – transport – mobility, food-processing sector – health – environment, climate, biodiversity, atmosphere – land and marine ecosystems. These themes were chosen according to the priorities defined by the international strategies in terms of sustainable development, the federal agreement of the government at the time and after consultation of the concerned federal departments and the Communities and Regions.
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3. The programme AGORA

The AGORA programme was a recurring mechanism which financed scientific activities associated with the valorisation of administrative and scientific databases with the aim of ensuring a better (re)use of it for scientific purposes. Researchers have therefore been able to use surveys and numerous administrative registers within the framework of their research.
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4. The programme Research actions in the Federal Scientific Institutions (FSIs)

The purpose of this programme is to promote a coherent research policy that aims to reinforce the quality of the projects, the development of links with universities and the introduction of new technologies in the FSIs.
Three types of action have been implemented for this purpose: long-term research projects (Action 1), doctorates carried out in conjunction with a Belgian university (Action 2), and participation in international research activities through co-funding (Action 3).
The specific themes dealt with in these research projects are identified by the FSIs and must be approved by their scientific committee; therefore, they fall under the scope of the missions assigned to these institutions, especially in the areas of zoology, geology, anthropology, ethnology, astrophysics, astronomy, meteorology, history of art, the restoration of cultural heritage, history, archival science and documentation.
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