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Pillar 1: Challenges and knowledge of the living and non-living world


Pillar 1 is composed of a strategic thematic section (Pillar 1A) and a non-thematic section (Pillar 1B).

Pillar 1A: The Federal contribution to the challenges of global change

Pillar 1A contributes to the development of the necessary knowledge to support the decisions to be taken by the federal government in the short, medium and long term in order to cope with global change.

Pillar 1A intends to mobilise the rich expertise present in the FSIs in collaboration with all universities in the country to respond to the research priorities identified at the European and international level such as H2020, Belmont Forum, IPCC, IPBES, EMB, SCAR, the strategic agendas of the JPIs in which the Federal Science Policy participates ...

These research challenges are guided by the international commitments that Belgium has endorsed (CBD, SDG-2030, the climate convention and the Paris agreement, the Antarctic Treaty, OSPAR).

They cover, inter alia, the research in support of the Paris Agreement (in particular mitigation and adaptation to climate change and extreme events), the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the protection of the natural environment for health, natural risks, the sustainable exploitation of resources.

→ the implementation of pillar 1A takes place via thematic calls

Pillar 1B: The contribution of the FSIs to the knowledge of the system earth and of the universe

Pillar 1B contributes to the strengthening of knowledge about the living (eg evolution) and non-living world (eg components of the earth and universe system). This part of pillar 1 is built around specific and innovative expertise that is specific to the FSI's and is in line with their strategic research challenges.

→ the implementation of pillar 1B takes place via non-themathic calls.

Created to support the scientific potential of Federal Scientific Institutions (FSIs) in their specific areas of expertise and/or missions, these projects can only be submitted by FSIs.

Committees members


Thematic and non-thematic projects (bottum-up and PhD) of the call 2019

CLIMB - How do aerosol-CLoud Interactions influence the surface Mass Balance in East Antarctica?

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Atmospheric Aerosol, aerosol-clouds-precipitation interaction, ice nucleating particles, Regional climate modelling, Belgian Antarctic station, East Antarctic Climate

  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Budget: 376.450€
  • Coordinator: Mangold Alexander (IRM-KMI)       
  • Promotors: van Lipzig Nicole (KU Leuven), Van Roozendael Michel (IASB-BIRA), Walgraeve Christophe (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Vancauwenberghe Maaike

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

COFFEEBRIDGE - Bridging knowledge to the field: an evaluation of the agronomic and socio-economic potential of Robusta coffee genetic resources as a cash crop in the Congo Basin

Thematic project
Keywords: Congo Basin, Socio-economic survey, Agriculture, Soil science, Valorization of Robusta coffee genetic resources, Cash crop

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 958.725€
  • Coordinator: Stoffelen Piet (APM)       
  • Promotors: Amara Michaël (AGR-ARA), Merckx Roeland (KU Leuven), Segers Yves (KU Leuven), Stévigny Caroline (ULB), Trefon Théodore (MRAC-KMMA), Verbist Bruno (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Van der Werf Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

COPE - Conservation management of polar ecosystems : using genomic approaches to study connectivity across spatial and functional scales

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Antarctica, Adaptation, Climate change, Genomics

  • Duration of the project: 16/12/2019-16/03/2024
  • Budget: 511.734€
  • Coordinator: Schon Isa (IRSNB-KBIN)       
  • Promotors: Volckaert Filip (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Vancauwenberghe Maaike

Documentation

DESIGNATE - Decision Support under Uncertainty for Geothermal Applications

Thematic project
Keywords: Geothermal energy, Reservoir modelling, Techno-economic simulation, Environmental analysis

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019-15/03/2024
  • Budget: 1.000.217€
  • Coordinator: Welkenhuysen Kris (IRSNB-KBIN)       
  • Promotors: Kaufmann Olivier (UMONS), Laenen Ben (VITO), Compernolle Tine (UA)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lefever Koen

Documentation

DESIRED - Tracing differentiation processes through siderophile elements, from meteorites to giant ore deposits

Thematic project
Keywords: Siderophile element, Meteorite, Raw material, Impact, Earth differentiation

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 - 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 643.755€
  • Coordinator: Decrée Sophie (IRSNB-KBIN)       
  • Promotors: Debaille Vinciane (ULB), Goderis Steven (VUB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lefever Koen

Documentation

GEOCAMB - Geothermal Energy Potential in Cambrian rocks focusing on public buildings

Thematic project
Keywords: Geothermal Potential in Cambrian rocks, Monitoring and long term performance, Public buildings, Geophysical investigation, Geological and hydrogeological exploration, Environmental Impacts

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 1.093.236€
  • Coordinator: Petitclerc Estelle (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: Gerard Pierre (ULB), Van Lysebetten Gust (CSTC), Van Noten Koen (ORB-KSB), Walraevens Kristine (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lefever Koen

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

ISeBAF - Insect Service and Biodiversity in Agroecological Farming

Thematic project
Keywords: Agroecology, pollinators, insect pests , cucurbits, insect service, biodiversity

  • Duration of the project: 4 years
  • Budget: 947.630€
  • Coordinator: Virgilio Massimiliano (MRAC-KMMA)
  • Promotors: Boevé Jean-Luc (IRSNB-KBIN), Vereecken Nicolas J. (ULB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Van der Werf Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

LASUGEO - Monitoring LAnd SUbsidence caused by Groundwater exploitation through gEOdetic measurements

Thematic project
Keywords: Land subsidence, Groundwater exploitation, SAR interferometry, Gravity, Hydrogeology, GPS stations

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 - 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 1.050.448€
  • Coordinator: Devleeschouwer Xavier (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: Dassargues Alain (ULg), Van Camp Michel (ORB-KSB), Walraevens Kristine (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lefever Koen

Documentation

LEGO-BEL-AQ - Low-Earth and Geostationary Observations of BELgian Air Quality (LEGO-BEL-AQ): Exploiting the full spatio-temporal resolving power of the Copernicus Atmospheric Sentinel missions to support air pollution policies in Belgium.

Thematic project
Keywords: Air quality policy, Nitrogen dioxide, Satellite remote sensing , Fossil fuel, LEO+GEO constellation

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2020 - 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 375.951€
  • Coordinator: Verhoelst Tijl (IASB-BIRA)
  • Promotors: Fierens Frans (CELINE-IRCEL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lefever Koen

Documentation

LIBS-SCReeN - Screening Critical Raw materials from exploration to (post)beneficiation using New LIBS techniques

Thematic project
Keywords: Critical Raw Materials, Chemometrics, Historic Mines, Deep learning, LIBS

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 - 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 1.024.594€
  • Coordinator: Burlet Christian (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: Baele Jean-Marc (UMONS), Croitor Sava Anca (KU Leuven), Giaro Philippe (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lefever Koen

Documentation

MICROBE - Mars and the IsotopiC Ratio Of water: Budget and Evolution

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Mars Atmosphere, Surface-atmosphere interaction, Isotopic fractionation, Atmospheric escape, Photochemistry, Modeling

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 – 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 390.201€
  • Coordinator: Erwin Justin (IASB-BIRA)       
  • Promotors:
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lejour Corinne

Documentation

MicroResist - The influence of snail host microbiome in trematode parasite resistance

Non-thematic project (PhD)
Keywords: Schistosomiasis, Microbiome, Parasite resistance, Museum collections, Transplant experiments

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 – 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 319.940€
  • Coordinator: Huyse Tine (MRAC-KMMA)       
  • Promotors:
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lejour Corinne

Documentation

PREDICT - Phase transitions of a salt mixture under changing climatic conditions

Non-thematic project (PhD)
Keywords: Salt Mixture, Phase Transitions, Crystallization, Climate, Conservation

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 - 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 362.102€
  • Coordinator: De Clercq Hilde (IRPA-KIK)       
  • Promotors: -
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lejour Corinne

Documentation

SeVoCo - Semi-volatiles in a comet

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Atmosphere, Comets, Composition

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019-15/03/2024
  • Budget: 241.777€
  • Coordinator: Dhooghe Frederik (IASB-BIRA)
  • Promotors: Cessateur Gaël (IASB-BIRA), De Keyser Johan (IASB-BIRA), Jehin Emmanuel (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lejour Corinne

Documentation

STEM - The structure and evolution of Mercury's core

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Planetology, Mercury, Planet interior, Planetary geodesy

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 - 15/03/2022
  • Budget: 196.200€
  • Coordinator: Van Hoolst Tim (ORB-KSB)
  • Promotors: -
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lejour Corinne

Documentation

SWiM - Solar wind modeling with EUHFORIA for new heliophysics space missions

Non-thematic project (bottom-up)
Keywords: Solar corona, Solar wind, Coronal mass ejections, Space weather, MHD simulations

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2019 - 15/03/2024
  • Budget: 503.028€
  • Coordinator: Magdalenic Jasmina (ORB-KSB)    
  • Promotors: Poedts Stefaan (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lejour Corinne

Documentation


Projects funded in the frame of the call BiodivERsA-BiodivHealth

BIODIV-AFREID - Biodiversity changes in African forests and Emerging Infectious Diseases: should we worry?

  • Duration of the project: 3 years
  • Budget: 200.000€
  • Coordinator: Verheyen Erik (IRSNB-KBIN)       
  • Promotors:
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra


Projects funded in the frame of JPI Oceans

HOTMIC - Horizontal and vertical oceanic distribution, transport, and impact of microplastics

  • Duration of the project: 3 years
  • Budget: 229.000€
  • Coordinator: Vanreusel Ann (UGent)       
  • Promotors:
  • BELSPO programme manager: Lefever Koen

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra


Projects funded in the frame of JPI Climate AXIS

LAMACLIMA - Land management for climate mitigation and adaptation

  • Duration of the project: 3 years
  • Budget: 199.993€
  • Coordinator: Thiery Wim (VUB)       
  • Promotors:
  • BELSPO programme manager: Van der Werf Aline

Documentation

MAPPY - Multisectoral analysis of climate and land use change impacts on pollinators, plant diversity and crop yields

  • Duration of the project: 3 years
  • Budget: 84.943€
  • Coordinator: Dendoncker Nicolas (UNamur)       
  • Promotors:
  • BELSPO programme manager: Van der Werf Aline

Documentation