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Interuniversity attraction poles 7 (IAP)


  • Responsible(s) Federal Science Policy:
    Feys Veronique, Lejour Corinne
  • Final decision of the Ministers Council: 22/6/2011
  • Duration of the research: 1/4/2012 - 30/9/2017
  • Budget: 156,530,000.00 EUR
  • Research projects: 47

Accompanying committee:

Members of the Federal Authority, Flemish Community, French Community, VLIR, CREF, 1 foreign expert


The "Interuniversity Attraction Poles" (IAP) Programme aims to provide support for teams of excellence in basic research that belong to Belgium’s various (linguistic) Communities and work as part of a network in order to increase their joint contribution to general scientific advances and, where applicable, to international scientific networks.

The programme’s objectives are to:

- award teams already recognised in the international scientific community additional human and material resources in order to put together a sufficient critical mass;
- encourage interactions between Belgium’s Communities and consolidate ties between universities belonging to these Communities in order to form lasting networks;
- develop or create collaborations between teams from different institutions that are active in the same or related fields;
- promote complementarity and interdisciplinarity between these teams;
- enable young teams to benefit from the environment of excellence constituted by a network and its international influence in order to ensure continuity in the excellence of basic research in Belgium;
- facilitate the insertion of the Belgian research teams into European and international networks.


The 47 research networks are classified into different categories: biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, applied sciences, historical sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Research projects:

P7/01: Literature and Media Innovation: the question of genre transformations (LMI)

P7/02: Multiscale Modelling of Electrical Energy Systems (M2E2S)

P7/03: Cancer cells and their microenvironment: from gene regulatory networks to therapy (CanEpi)

P7/04: SPatial and environmental determinants of Eco-Evolutionary DYnamics: anthropogenic environments as a model

P7/05: Functional Supramolecular Systems (FS2)

P7/06: Developing crucial Statistical methods for Understanding major complex Dynamic Systems in natural, biomedical and social sciences (StUDyS)

P7/07: Paracrine and transcriptional control of cell differentiation in organ development and repair (DevRepair)

P7/08: Contemporary physical challenges for Heliospheric and AstRophysical Models (CHARM)

P7/09: COmparing Regionality and Sustainability in Pisidia, Boeotia, Picenum and NW Gaul between Iron and Middle Ages (1,000 BC-AD 1,000) (CORES)

P7/10: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Electrical Excitability in the Heart and Central Nervous System (ElecXite)

P7/11: Integrated cerebral networks for perception, cognition and action in human and non-human primates (CEREBNET)

P7/12: The Belgian Research Initiative on eXotic nuclei for atomic, nuclear and astrophysics studies (BriX)

P7/13: Integration of Cellular signaling Pathways in health and disease (ICePath)

P7/14: Greater Mesopotamia: Reconstruction of its Environment and History (GMREH)

P7/15: Planets: Tracing the Transfer, Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their ReservoirS (PLANET TOPERS)

P7/16: An integrated approach towards understanding the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration (NEUROBRAINNET)

P7/17: Hormones and neuroplasticity: image guided discoveries of molecular mechanisms in neuroplasticity (PLASTOSCINE)

P7/18: DYnamics, GEometry and Statistical Physics (DYGEST)

P7/19: DYnamical Systems, Control and Optimization (DYSCO)

P7/20: Mechanisms of brain wiring in normal and pathological conditions (WIBRAIN)

P7/21: Multiscale mechanics of INTErface dominated MATErials (INTEMATE)

P7/22: Justice & Populations: The Belgian Experience in International Perspective, 1795-2015 (BeJust 2.0.)

P7/23: BElgian network on STochastic modelling, analysis, design and optimization of COMmunication systems (BESTCOM)

P7/24: The SOil system under GLObal change (SOGLO)

P7/25: Microbial Resource Management (MRM) in engineered and natural ecosystems (µ-manager)

P7/26: City and Society in the Low Countries (ca. 1200-ca. 1850). The "condition urbaine": between resilience and vulnerability

P7/27: The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Toward a Users’ Perspective (HRI)

P7/28: Role of developmental processes in the virulence of human pathogens: from molecular mechanisms to novel therapeutic targets (MICRODEV)

P7/29: Growth and development of higher plants (MARS)

P7/30: Importance and interaction of allergy, infections and respiratory environmental exposures in chronic lower & upper airway diseases (AIREWAY II)

P7/31: Aquatic systems under multiple Stress: a new paradigm integrating aquaculture and ecotoxicology research (AquaStress)

P7/32: Molecular Signaling in Cell Death and Inflammation: an integrative approach from basic mechanisms to disease models (DISCOBEL)

P7/33: Mechanisms of conscious and unconscious learning (COOL)

P7/34: Physical chemistry of Plasma-Surface Interaction (PSI)

P7/35: Photonics@be: towards smart photonics in 2020

P7/36: Combinatorial Optimization: Metaheuristics and EXact methods (COMEX)

P7/37: Fundamental interactions: at the boundary of theory, phenomenology and experiment (

P7/38: Microfluidics and micromanipulation: multi-scale applications of surface tension (micro-MAST)

P7/39: T lymphocytes: from basic biology to immunotherapy (T-TIME)

P7/40: G Protein-Coupled Receptors: from structures to functionally validated targets (GPCRs)

P7/41: Tolerance and Resistance to parasite Infection: Trypanosomatidae as paradigm (TRIT)

P7/42: If not for Profit, for What? And How? Building interdisciplinary and integrated knowledge on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise (SOCENT)

P7/43: Belgian Medical Genomics Initiative (BeMGI)

P7/44: Integrative PROtein Science: from small molecules to complex biological systems (IPROS)

P7/45: Virus – host interplay at the early stages of infection (BELVIR)

P7/46: Participation and Representation. A comparative study of linkage mechanisms between citizens and the political system in contemporary democracies (PartiRep)

P7/47: Human liver disease: Study of the hepatic stem cells and their niche, and development of novel model systems (HEPRO-2)

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