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).
[Nota aan de Ministerraad] [Note au Conseil des Ministres]
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) 1 and meeting the federal departments’ scientific knowledge needs.
The framework programme is structured around 3 Pillars:
For its operationalisation BELSPO is assisted by three Advisory Committees and three Strategic Committees (one per pillar).
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:
1 The FSI acronyme covers Establishments that are defined by the Royal Decree of 30 October 1996 plus NICC, Sciensano and WHI