Scientific calls for proposals

NGCAT R&D call 2024

The Council of Ministers has approved the thematic call for research and development proposals in the field of Next Generation Combat Air Technologies (NGCAT).
During a dedicated information session, the DEFRA team will present the objectives, the themes and modalities of the NGCAT R&D call for proposals to researchers from both the public and private sector.

The R&D call encompasses 4 technology domains: 

  • Structures and associated subsystems
  • Propulsion and accessories
  • Communication, Cyber, Avionics, embedded sensors and networks
  • Transversal Disruptive Enabling technologies


  • Deadline Expressions of Interest: 7 June 2024 at 14h00
  • Deadline Full proposals: 25 September 2024 at 14h00


Call for proposals
Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining

BELSPO has, together with international partners in JPI Oceans, launched a Call for project proposals on Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining.
Budget of the call: 350 000 € + up to 12 days of ship time on the RV Belgica, both on condition of budget approval by the Belgian Federal Government.
More info in the call text and on the JPI Oceans website .


  • Deadline pre-proposals: 01.03.2024 - 17:00 CET
  • Deadline full proposals: 30.09.2024 - 17:00 CEST

Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s second joint transnational call (SBEP)

The Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is one of the Belgian partners in the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP).

SBEP is launching its second call “Unified paths to a climate-neutral, sustainable, and resilient blue economy: engaging civil society, academia, policy, and industry”.


  • Deadline Pre-proposals:10.04.2024, 15:00 CET.
  • Deadline Full proposals: 06.11.2024, 15:00 CET


Programme for Earth Observation Terrascope II

On 22 November 2019 the Council of Ministers approved phase II of the TERRASCOPE programme as part of the Belgian space strategy.

This call concerns proposals from Belgian Federal Scientific Institutions to participate in TERRASCOPE.

Deadline : 21.06.2024, 4 PM



We inform you that BELSPO will open a call for proposals to the Belgian scientific community (universities, colleges, universities of applied sciences, public research centres, non-profit organisations having the pursuit of scientific research in their statutes) in the frame of the newly adopted Science 4 Policy research programme. The call will be launched on 25 June 2024.

We are aware that this is not optimal for the scientific community, therefore the closing of the call is set on 10 October 2024. The next calls - 2026, 2028 and 2030 – will be better aligned with the academic calendar.

This call for proposals relates to the “policy-driven” projects of the S4Policy programme. These projects are submitted by the federal departments and call for scientific support from the Belgian academic community. These projects aim either at an academic support to reinforce analytical capacities within federal departments or to provide scientific evidence to inform federal policies.


Research Programmes - Aeronautic

State aid for Research, Development and Innovation within the aeronautics sector

The Federal Aeronautics Platform is a close partnership between the PPS Science Policy and the FPS Economy responsible for supporting the participation of Belgian industry in aeronautics programmes at federal level. The Federal Aeronautics Platform finances the development costs or "Non Recurring Costs" (NRC) associated with industrial projects by means of reimbursable advances, in accordance with European regulations.
Within this framework, the PPS Science Policy is responsible for the scientific and technical management of the dossiers and the FPS Economy for the economic, financial and accounting management.

Space Research & Applications

Programma PRODEX

The PROgramme for the Development of scientific EXperiments (PRODEX) is a programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) to which Belgium, as Member State of ESA, has been participating since June 1988.
Permanent funding scheme

European Calls and Projects

Starting Independent Researcher Grant

European Research Council (ERC)

Support up-and-coming researchers who are about to establish or consolidate an independent research team or to start conducting independent research in Europe.
Website ERC

Federal contactpoint for the European Framework Programme

NCP Federal BE

NCP Federal BE inform about the latest developments in Horizon Europe, help finding suitable project partners or joining a consortium, support in preparing a project proposal and give feedback on project proposals.
Website NCP Federal BE

Calls for Tenders related to the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.

EU-DG Research & Innovation

Find current and upcoming funding opportunities for your research, as well as research partners, jobs and fellowships. Learn about research projects and results, joint research initiatives and EU action to promote innovation.
Website European Commission

European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST: Open call

COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous Open Call for Proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST Actions.
Website COST Belgium
Website COST


The next deadline to hand in the proposals for the COST Open Call is set on the 23th of October 2024 at 12:00 PM (noon) CEST.
Read more 

European Space Agency

esa-star Publication

The esa-star Publication System portal of the European Space Agency presents the calls from ESA but also from industry, research centres and European national agencies.
Website Doing Business with ESA

Grants and mobility


Hodge fellowships at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Bures-sur-Yvette (IHES)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and IHES annually offer two 1-year fellowships under the name of Sir William Hodge, the eminent British mathematician whose main interests were in the fields of algebraic and differential geometry. The fellowships will enable outstanding young mathematicians and theoretical physicists to spend some time at IHES.
Website IHES
Website EPSRC


Academia Belgica - Center for History, Arts and Sciences in Rome

Since the end of 2018, the Academia Belgica, the Belgian Historical Institute of Rome and the Princess Marie-José National Foundation have united their respective fields of action and joined forces in a public utility foundation called "Academia Belgica - Center for History, Arts and Sciences in Rome". Each year, this 'new' institution will propose a number of research fellowships in Italy. These scholarships are awarded from the funds, as appropriate, of the Federal Authority (Academia Belgica's own budget), the Flemish Community (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) or the French Community (Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles).
Website Academia Belgica

Recruitment tool

EURAXESS, European portal for Mobile researchers

EURAXESS Jobs is a stress-free recruitment tool where no charges apply. Researchers can find a wealth of constantly updated information on job vacancies, funding opportunities and fellowships throughout Europe. Posting their CV will allow recruiters to find them. Companies or research institutes can post vacancies free of charge and search for the CVs of international top-notch researchers. Users can also directly access the national EURAXESS portals of the partner countries which contain information on research job and funding opportunities, as well as on personalised services in each country. .

Closed calls