Scientific calls for proposals

Call for proposals 2023 - POST-COVID

The aim of this programme, launched in collaboration with the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, is to fund scientific projects that aim at a close examination of the long-term impact of the COVID crisis on the Belgian society, with a view to produce key messages and lessons learned for the federal government.


  • Submission Pre-proposal: 17/05/2023 @ 14h00
  • Submission Full Proposal: 06/07/2023 @ 14h00


Call for proposals 2023-2024 ESFRI-FED programme

Belspo is launching a new call in support of Federal Scientific Institutions and federal departments in ESFRI distributed and virtual research infrastructures which are in implementation or operational phase. The objective is to better position Belgium, and especially its federal level through the funding of R&D projects based on scientific excellence and EU anchorage.


  • Expressions of interest (EoI): 7 March 2023 - 14:00
  • Research proposals: 30 May 2023 - 14:00


Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s first joint transnational call

The Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is one of the Belgian partners in the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP).
SBEP is launching its first call “The way forward: a thriving sustainable blue economy for a brighter future”.
Belgian partners requesting BELSPO funding needs to follow the BELSPO directives included in the call document. BELSPO has foreseen a budget of 1.000.000 EURO.


  • Submission Pre-proposal: 14/04/2023, 15.00 CET.
  • Submission Full proposal: 13/09/2023, 15.00 CET.


Second call for proposals
Research programme for earth observation "STEREO IV"
(Support to the exploitation and Research in Earth Observation)

To execute the decision of the Council of Ministers on 22 November 2019 concerning the implementation of the Belgian space strategy, the State Secretary for Science Policy approved the STEREO IV programme on 31 March 2022.

The thematic research priorities are:

  • Impact of climate change on terrestrial/marine environments (data exploitation, monitoring, modelling, mitigation strategies);
  • Advanced Monitoring and Assessment of Hazards (including pandemics);
  • Monitoring environment for improved environmental health and biodiversity;
  • Geo-information for Sustainable and Green Cities.

This call concerns thematic network projects.

Closing dates

  • Expression of interest (mandatory): 31 March 2023 at 4 PM
  • Research proposals: 9 June 2023 at 4 PM

More information...

Research Programmes - Aeronautic

Aides d'Etat à la Recherche, au Développement et à l'Innovation dans le cadre des programmes Airbus

La Plate-forme aéronautique fédérale qui est constituée par le SPF Economie et le SPP Politique scientifique soutient la participation de l'industrie belge aux programmes aéronautiques Airbus. Les coûts de développement ou "Non Recurring Costs" (NRC) qui accompagnent de tels programmes peuvent être très élevés. La Plate-forme aéronautique fédérale finance ces coûts par des avances remboursables, conformément à la réglementation européenne.
Au sein de cette plate-forme, la DG Recherche & Spatial du SPP Politique scientifique (Belspo) est responsable des aspects scientifiques et techniques.
Les projets peuvent être soutenus selon l'un des scénarios de financement proposés.

Staatssteun voor Onderzoek, Ontwikkeling en Innovatie in het kader van Airbus-programma’s

Het Federaal luchtvaartplatform dat een samenwerking is tussen de FOD Economie en de POD Wetenschapsbeleid steunt de Belgische luchtvaartindustrie voor haar deelname aan de Airbus-programma’s. De ontwikkelingskosten of "Non Recurring Costs" (NRC) die gepaard gaan met dergelijke programma's kunnen immers zeer hoog oplopen. Het Federaal luchtvaartplatform, financiert deze kosten via terugbetaalbare voorschotten in overeenstemming met de Europese regelgeving.
Binnen dit platform is de DG Onderzoek & Ruimtevaart van de POD Wetenschapsbeleid (Belspo) verantwoordelijk voor de wetenschappelijke en technische aspecten.
De projecten kunnen worden gesteund volgens een van de voorgestelde financieringsscenario’s.
Er is momenteel geen open oproep tot het indienen van projecten.
Il n'y a pas d'appel à projets ouvert actuellement.

Space Research & Applications

Programma PRODEX

The PROgramme for the Development of scientific EXperiments (PRODEX) is a programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) to which Belgium, as Member State of ESA, has been participating since June 1988.
Permanent funding scheme

European Calls and Projects

Starting Independent Researcher Grant

European Research Council (ERC)

Support up-and-coming researchers who are about to establish or consolidate an independent research team or to start conducting independent research in Europe.
Website ERC

Federal contactpoint for the European Framework Programme

NCP Federal BE

NCP Federal BE inform about the latest developments in Horizon Europe, help finding suitable project partners or joining a consortium, support in preparing a project proposal and give feedback on project proposals.
Website NCP Federal BE

Calls for Tenders related to the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.

EU-DG Research & Innovation

Find current and upcoming funding opportunities for your research, as well as research partners, jobs and fellowships. Learn about research projects and results, joint research initiatives and EU action to promote innovation.
Website European Commission

European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST: Open call

COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous Open Call for Proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST Actions.
Website COST Belgium
Website COST


The next deadline to hand in the proposals for the COST Open Call is set on the 25th of October 2023 at 12:00 PM (noon) CEST.


The Belgian COST National Contact Points organised on 25 April 2023 in WTC III Brussels two COST information sessions:

  • a general session to present COST and its networking opportunities
  • a specialised session for Belgian researchers and innovators that are preparing a proposal as 'main proposer' or ‘secondary proposer’


European Space Agency

esa-star Publication

The esa-star Publication System portal of the European Space Agency presents the calls from ESA but also from industry, research centres and European national agencies.
Website Doing Business with ESA

Grants and mobility


Hodge fellowships at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Bures-sur-Yvette (IHES)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and IHES annually offer two 1-year fellowships under the name of Sir William Hodge, the eminent British mathematician whose main interests were in the fields of algebraic and differential geometry. The fellowships will enable outstanding young mathematicians and theoretical physicists to spend some time at IHES.
Website IHES
Website EPSRC


Academia Belgica - Center for History, Arts and Sciences in Rome

Since the end of 2018, the Academia Belgica, the Belgian Historical Institute of Rome and the Princess Marie-José National Foundation have united their respective fields of action and joined forces in a public utility foundation called "Academia Belgica - Center for History, Arts and Sciences in Rome". Each year, this 'new' institution will propose a number of research fellowships in Italy. These scholarships are awarded from the funds, as appropriate, of the Federal Authority (Academia Belgica's own budget), the Flemish Community (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) or the French Community (Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles).
Website Academia Belgica

Recruitment tool

EURAXESS, European portal for Mobile researchers

EURAXESS Jobs is a stress-free recruitment tool where no charges apply. Researchers can find a wealth of constantly updated information on job vacancies, funding opportunities and fellowships throughout Europe. Posting their CV will allow recruiters to find them. Companies or research institutes can post vacancies free of charge and search for the CVs of international top-notch researchers. Users can also directly access the national EURAXESS portals of the partner countries which contain information on research job and funding opportunities, as well as on personalised services in each country. .

Closed calls