Belgian-Indian Research and Technology Cooperation

Call for Proposals 2021: Support of Networking Activities


Within the framework of the Agreement between Belgium and India on cooperation in the fields of science and technology, it was decided, during the 5th meeting of the Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science and Technology, held on 18th January 2021, to organize a 4th joint call for proposals for networking activities in 2021.

The call 2021 is jointly launched by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) on 25.06.2021.

The call concerns the following areas:

  • Space, including astronomy, solar physics and remote sensing;
  • Marine sciences, including marine biotechnology (organisms for industrial use, bioprospecting for bio-actives compounds from marine microorganisms, algae, seaweeds, fish and crustacean farming);
  • Life sciences with focus on micro-organisms (Anti-Microbial Resistance with One Health approach and environmental-bioremediation);
  • Geology;
  • Cybersecurity.

Who can apply?

  • For BELSPO,
    networking proposals may be submitted by Belgian higher education institutions, public scientific institutions, non-profit research centres. The participation of Federal Scientific Institutions (FSI) is encouraged.
    For equal scientific quality of submitted proposals, the preference will be given to consortiums with participation of FSI. List of FSI: annex 1 of the Submission Dossier.

  • For India,
    academics and scientists from public or from non-profit research centers who already have grants on research projects with national/state funding agencies are eligible. In case of need, partner search may be supported by the following tool: .

How can you apply?

All information, including the application form for submission of your proposal, can be found in the Submission Dossier (Updated version 30 August 2021! The update concerns only the rubrique 'other partners' at p6).

In the Submission Dossier, in annex 2, you find a checklist (BELSPO) allowing you to check the eligibility of your proposal. For submission of the proposal, please use the Application Form.



Friday 17 September 2021, 15:00 (C.E.T).

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation criteria are the following:

  • Quality of the network (including the scientific excellence of the individual members)
  • Suitability and feasibility of the work plan
  • Budget fitting to the work plan (value for money)
  • General added value and potential of the networking activities leading to long-lasting sustained partnerships

In case you have remarks or complaints with regard to the call: online complaint form.


  • Submission Dossier (Updated version 30 August 2021! The update concerns only the rubrique 'other partners' at p6),including the application form for submission of your proposal
  • FAQ in Dutch or French