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BRAIN-be 2.0 (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks)


  • Responsible(s) Federal Science Policy:
    Maaike Vancauwenberghe, Aline Van der Werf, Koen Lefever, Corinne Lejour, Sophie Verheyden, Georges Jamart, Helena Calvo Del Castillo, Véronique Feys, Aziz Naji, Emmanuèle Bourgeois, Bernard Delhausse, Christine Mathieu, Aurore Delis, Ria D'Haemers.
  • Final decision of the Ministers Council: 7/9/2018
  • Duration of the research: 1/12/2019 - 31/12/2023
  • Research projects: 31


On 7 September 2018, the Council of Ministers approved the implementation of the second phase of the BRAIN-be (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks) research programme, carried out under the responsibility of the Federal Science Policy (BELSPO).

Through the funding of research projects based on scientific excellence, the alignment of the projects with federal priorities and European and international anchorage, this framework programme allows supporting the scientific potential of the Federal Scientific Institutions (FSI) and meeting the federal departments’ scientific knowledge needs.


The framework programme BRAIN-be 2.0 is structured around 3 Pillars:
- Pillar 1: Challenges and knowledge of the living and non-living world
- Pillar 2: Heritage science
- Pillar 3: Federal societal challenges

BRAIN-be 2.0 is open to the whole Belgian scientific community: universities, university colleges, public scientific institutions and non-profit research centres.

The framework programme is based on the financing of 4 types of research projects:
- National thematic interdisciplinary projects of 2 or 4 years: of a strategic nature, these projects aim to meet the research priorities included in the thematic biennial calls of the three respective pillars. These 2 or 4 year projects are introduced by a research network composed of FSI, other national partners and/or African partners of Least advanced African countries,
- Transnational thematic interdisciplinary projects: participation to relevant European, international or transnational research activities,
- Non-thematic bottom-up projects: these projects do not have to adhere to the research priorities included in the thematic biennial calls, but must meet the scope of Pillars 1 and 2 (this project type is not foreseen for Pillar 3). Created to support the scientific potential of Federal Scientific Institutions (FSIs) in their specific areas of expertise and/or missions, bottom-up projects can only be submitted by FSIs. These 2 or 4 year projects may or may not be implemented in collaboration with other FSI and/or national partners and/or African partners of Least advanced African countries,
- Non-thematic PhD projects: these 4 year projects are only foreseen in Pillars 1 and 2, to be submitted by Federal Scientific Institutes (FSIs) in collaboration with a Belgian university, to support their scientific potential in their specific areas of expertise or missions. The projects do not have to be in line with the research themes in the context of the biennial calls, but must be linked to the general context of the concerned Pillar.

A call for proposals is launched every year via a rotation mechanism in which each Pillar is subject to a call for proposals once every two years.

Research projects:

B2/181/P1/LAMACLIMA-BE: LAnd MAnagement for CLImate Mitigation and Adaptation (LAMACLIMA)

B2/181/P1/MAPPY-BE: Multisectoral analysis of climate and land use change impacts on pollinators, plant diversity and crops yields (MAPPY)

B2/191/P1/CLIMB: How do aerosol-CLoud Interactions influence the surface Mass Balance in East Antarctica? (CLIMB)

B2/191/P1/COPE: Conservation management of polar ecosystems: using genomic approaches to study connectivity (COPE)

B2/191/P1/DESIGNATE: Decision Support under Uncertainty for Geothermal Applications (DESIGNATE)

B2/191/P1/DESIRED: Tracing differentiation processes through siderophile elements, from meteorites to giant ore deposits (DESIRED)

B2/191/P1/GEOCAMB: Geothermal Energy Potential in Cambrian rocks focusing on public buildings (GEOCAMB)

B2/191/P1/LASUGEO: Monitoring LAnd SUbsidence caused by Groundwater exploitation through gEOdetic measurements (LASUGEO)

B2/191/P1/LEGO-BEL-AQ: Low-Earth and Geostationary Observations of Belgian Air Quality (LEGO-BEL-AQ)

B2/191/P1/LIBS-SCReeN: Screening Critical Raw materials from exploration to (post)beneficiation using New LIBS techniques (LIBS-SReeN)

B2/191/P1/MICROBE: Mars and the IsotopiC Ratio Of water: Budget and Evolution (MICROBE)

B2/191/P1/MicroResist: The influence of snail host microbiome in trematode parasite resistance (MicroResist)

B2/191/P1/PREDICT: Phase transitions of salts under changing climatic conditions (PREDICT)

B2/191/P1/SeVoCo: Semi-volatiles in a comet (SeVoCo)

B2/191/P1/STEM: The Structure and evolution of Mercury’s core (STEM)

B2/191/P1/SWiM: Solar wind modeling with EUHFORIA for new heliophysics space missions (SWIM)

B2/191/P2/AFRISURGE: Transformative Heritage: politics, peacebuilding and digital restitution of cultural heritage in contemporary Northeast DR Congo (AFRISURGE)

B2/191/P2/ARTPRESSE: Intermedial study of Belgian art as a network structured as seen through the lens of the mass media magazines in the interbellum years (ARTPRESSE)

B2/191/P2/BCCM GEN-ERA: BCCM collections in the genomic era (BCCM-GEN-ERA)

B2/191/P2/BePAPER: Belgian Art on Paper in a European Perspective. 1918-1950 (BePaper)

B2/191/P3/ B@SEBALL: Biodiversity at School Environments Benefits for ALL (B@SEBALL)

B2/191/P3/BABEL: Basic income in Belgium: stress-testing basic income in the digital era (BABEL)

B2/191/P3/BBOX: OCMW/CPAS & new migrants/refugees: opening the black box of policy in practice (BBOX)

B2/191/P3/BE-PARADIS: The Paradox of Belgian Inequality Studies: Belgium Less unequal than others? (BE-PARADIS)

B2/191/P3/DIGI4FED: Digital Revolution in Belgian Federal Government: An Open Governance Ecosystem for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain (DIGI4FED)

B2/191/P3/ELLIS: Monitoring and mitigating environmental health inequalities (ELLIS)

B2/191/P3/ Investing in basic rights, capabilities and anti-poverty policies in Belgium (

B2/191/P3/REMEDI: REcommendations to patients with MEntal health problems and Diverse migration backgrounds (REMEDI)

B2/191/P3/SEAD: Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation: challenges, obstacles and opportunities (SEAD)

B2/191/P3/TRAHOME: Homelessness trajectories and non-take-up from a dynamic perspective (TRAHOME)

B2/202/P1/EQUATOR: Emission QUantification of Atmospheric tracers in the Tropics using ObseRvations from satellites (EQUATOR)


Digital (R)evolution in Belgian Federal Government: An Open Governance Ecosystem for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain (DIGI4FED) : State of the art Crompvoets, Joep  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2020 (SP2909)
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GPs' recommendations to patients with mental health problems and diverse migration backgrounds (REMEDI) : State of the art Bracke, Piet - Lorant, Vincent - Ceuterick, Melissa ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2020 (SP2908)
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