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Scientific visa
On 12 October 2005, the European Commission published the directive 2005/71 on a set of measures for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research in Europe. Lawmakers took pains to simplify and speed up processing of visa, residence permit and work permit issues for third-country researchers (non-EU member states or associates), for the researchers themselves as well as the host research institute. This directive, known as the "scientific visa", has now been fully transposed to Belgian law and comprises several parts.
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R&D Tax measures
Besides direct financial support for research and technological development - partly through the setup of federal research programs, the development and support of scientific institutions, and participation in international research infrastructures and networks - the federal government also employed mechanisms for indirect tax subsidies.
Read more on federal initiatives to improve the fiscal climate in R&D on the Fisc website...

Research mobility

Return grants for researchers working abroad
The Back to Belgium Grants of the federal Science Policy are intended to foster the return to Belgium of talented researchers doing R&D in a foreign research centre.

Postdoc fellowships to non-EU researchers
Intending to stimulate the S&T cooperation, the Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) does implement a fellowship scheme of 6 to 18 months for highly qualified non EU researchers.

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Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES)

The IHES in Bures-sur-Yvette (France) is an advanced research institute in mathematics and theoretical physics with an interest in epistemology and the history of science.
Belgium, via the current Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), is one of its founding members and provides financial support to IHES since the seventies.
Each year, about 200 mathematicians and theoretical physicists from all over the world are selected to be invited for a visit at IHES for periods from a few days to one year or more in order to pursue their research project, collaborate with other researchers of the community and participate in the IHES activities. The applications are examined twice a year by the IHES scientific council with the help of­ ­the CNRS-IHES Researchers and the holder of the Université de Cergy-Pontoise-IHES chair­ on the sole criterion of applicants’ scientific excellence
Examination of the applications: all applications are examined in June and December by the scientific council except post-doctoral and CARMIN programme applications which are examined only in December and the summer school proposals which are examined only in June.
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