Specific call for proposals

Given the age of the "old" research vessel A962 RV Belgica (37 years old), the Belgian Federal Government has decided to have a new modern research vessel built.  The new RV Belgica will be operational from the end of 2021 and will be used for marine research and monitoring activities.

The new research vessel is multidisciplinary and will be able to support various research disciplines (fisheries, biology, chemistry, geology, etc.). Compared to the "old" A962 RV Belgica, it will offer more space for scientists and research, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art scientific equipment. It will spend more time at sea (around 300 days a year) and will cover a larger research area (North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and from 2023 onwards the Arctic in summer).

In order to give an impulsion to the start-up of research on the new RV Belgica and to allow researchers to get to know the ship and its potential, the PPS Science Policy (BELSPO) is launching a specific call for research proposals to be carried out on the new RV Belgica.

The indicative calendar for the call for proposals is as follows:

Activity Deadline
Launch of the call 30/06/2021
Deadline expression of interest 27/07/2021, 14:00
Deadline Full proposals 14/09/2021, 14:00
Evaluation (remote + panel) mid 09/2021 > mid 11/2021
Start projects 15/12/2021


  • Expressions of interest (EoI): Tuesday 27 July 2021 - 14:00
  • Research proposals: Tuesday 14 September 2021 - 14:00

The EoI and the research proposals must be submitted through the online platform .