The Relance Strategy policy, which is intended to be greener, more digital and more inclusive, guides the research priorities for the three pillars.
Pillar 1 - Challenges and knowledge of the living and non-living world
Research priorities of the present Pillar 1 thematic call specifically focus on the climate transition. They intend to mobilise the rich expertise present in the Federal Scientific Institutions, universities and research centres in Belgium to produce knowledge, tools and products to inform federal decision making and to support the Belgian government to fulfil its national and international political climate related commitments.
Priority is given to strategic scientific research, close to federal decision support, over more fundamental research.
Applicants are encouraged to make best use of climate related (ESFRI) Research infrastructures to which Belgium contributes.
North Sea Research currently addressed in a specific RV Belgica call as well as polar/Antarctic research which better fits in a specific call, will not be funded in this call.
The present call addresses the following priority research themes :
In addition, each FSI can submit Bottom-up project proposals up to a maximum amount of 1.500 kEUR (coordinator's budget in the submitted proposals).
Pillar 2 - Heritage science
All the research projects in this pillar must be submitted and coordinated by a Federal Scientific Institution (FSI). As a result, the themes are based on challenges and constraints faced by the FSI's to reinforce the coherence between their different research actions and their public service activities.
The present call addresses the following priority research themes:
In addition, each FSI can submit Bottom-up project proposals up to a maximum amount of 900 kEUR (coordinator's budget in the submitted proposals).
Pillar 3 - Federal societal challenges
The Pillar 3 research priorities are anchored in the relance policy of Belgium. This policy aims at a greener, more digital, and inclusive society.
5 main topics have been identified from the reflections of federal authorities: #BeMobile, #BeSustainable, #BeDigital, #BeInclusive and #Beproductive.
The scientific community is invited to develop interdisciplinary research projects that provide a response to one or more of these priorities. The projects should clearly support the federal administrations and federal policies.
Next to these interdisciplinary thematic priorities, applicants are also invited to submit proposals for the so-called co-funded priorities. These priorities are funded both by BELSPO (up to max. 90%) and by the concerned Federal Department(s).
Due to the ongoing evaluation of pre-proposals, the platform for the submission of full proposals will be open on 20/12/2021 for thematic proposals of Pillars 1 and 3.
Thank you very much your understanding,
The BRAIN-be 2.0 team
We held an information session on 12 October 2021 for researchers who would like to submit a research proposal within Pillars 1 and/or 3. This session was intended to provide general information about the programme and to allow researchers to ask any questions they may have. Read more...
The first stages of the call for proposals are closed. 68 pre-proposals were submitted under Pillar 1, including 27 bottom-up projects. 76 expressions of interest were submitted under Pillar 2, including 33 bottom-up projects. 50 pre-proposals were submitted under Pillar 3, including 17 co-financed projects. The evaluation process is ongoing. Full-proposals must be submitted by 2 February for the pre-selected projects.
Expressions of interest (EoI):
Full proposals :
The EoI, pre- and full proposals must be electronically created, elaborated and submitted via the BRAIN-be 2.0 online submission platform .