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Defence-related Research Action (DEFRA)

The first call of the DEFRA program is launched on the 1st of March 2021, covering three research themes:
- NEET: Employment of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) for Belgian Defence
- SEHS: Small Energy Harvesting systems for Defence applications
- SPACE: Space technologies for Defence applications
During a dedicated information session, the DEFRA team has presented the objectives, the themes and modalities of this first call for proposals to researchers from both the public and private sector.
The presentation can be downloaded.

- Pre-proposals: 22 April 2021 - 14h00
- Full proposals: 30 June 2021 - 14h00

2020-2021 COFUND Call for Transnational Research Proposals on
"Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems"

Closing date for pre-proposals: 7 December 2020
Deadline to submit full proposals: 3rd of May 2021

Aides d'Etat à la Recherche, au Développement et à l'Innovation dans le cadre des programmes Airbus

La Plate-forme aéronautique fédérale qui est constituée par le SPF Economie et le SPP Politique scientifique soutient la participation de l'industrie belge aux programmes aéronautiques Airbus. Les coûts de développement ou "Non Recurring Costs" (NRC) qui accompagnent de tels programmes peuvent être très élevés. La Plate-forme aéronautique fédérale finance ces coûts par des avances remboursables, conformément à la réglementation européenne.
Au sein de cette plate-forme, la DG Recherche & Spatial du SPP Politique scientifique (Belspo) est responsable des aspects scientifiques et techniques.
Les projets peuvent être soutenus selon l'un des scénarios de financement proposés.

Staatssteun voor Onderzoek, Ontwikkeling en Innovatie in het kader van Airbus-programma’s

Het Federaal luchtvaartplatform dat een samenwerking is tussen de FOD Economie en de POD Wetenschapsbeleid steunt de Belgische luchtvaartindustrie voor haar deelname aan de Airbus-programma’s. De ontwikkelingskosten of "Non Recurring Costs" (NRC) die gepaard gaan met dergelijke programma's kunnen immers zeer hoog oplopen. Het Federaal luchtvaartplatform, financiert deze kosten via terugbetaalbare voorschotten in overeenstemming met de Europese regelgeving.
Binnen dit platform is de DG Onderzoek & Ruimtevaart van de POD Wetenschapsbeleid (Belspo) verantwoordelijk voor de wetenschappelijke en technische aspecten.
De projecten kunnen worden gesteund volgens een van de voorgestelde financieringsscenario’s.

Research programme for earth observation "STEREO III" - Permanent call for proposals: Development of applications.

PRODEX Programme (Space Research and Applications)

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

Past Calls

Trilateral Call (Belgium - CHINA - SOUTH-AFRICA)
for submission of Research Proposals

Deadline: 27th November 2020, at 15:00.

Transnational Call of JPI More Years, Better Lives
Equality and Wellbeing across Generations

Closing date: September 14 2020 until 17:00 CEST

Call for proposals 2020
Federal Research Programme Drugs

  • Expressions of interest (EoI): Friday 3 July 2020 - 14:00
  • Proposals: Friday 11 September 2020 - 14:00

Call for proposals BRAIN-be 2.0
Call for proposals 2020:
Pillar 1 "Challenges and knowledge of the living and non-living world" and
Pillar 3 "Federal societal challenges"

Due to circumstances beyond our Administration's control, the launch of the call, scheduled for March, has been delayed by almost two months. We are fully aware of the difficulties for the researchers caused by this bad timing and wish to apologise for this. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Expressions of interest (EoI): Tuesday 30 June 2020 - 14:00
  • Research (full) Proposals: Tuesday 8 September 2020 - 14:00

Joint Transnational Call 2020

“Risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in water resources (AquaticPollutants)”.

Deadline pre-proposals: 16th April 2020
Deadline extension due to COVID-19
The new deadline for submission of pre-proposals for joint transnational projects is 18th May 2020 17:00 CEST.
Invitation to submit full proposals: June 2020
Deadline full proposals: 14th August 2020

International Networking of the Federal Scientific Institutions (FSI)
Call 2020: Support for large international events

Deadline for submission of proposals: 4 September 2020 at 3 p.m.

BELSPO - ARIES (India, Space) agreeement
3.6m Devasthal Optical Telescope
Call for Proposals 'Astronomy observations'

Deadline: 9 August 2020

Call for proposals BRAIN-be 2.0
Call for proposals 2020: open for Pillar 2 "Heritage science"

  • Expressions of interest (EoI): Tuesday 19 May 2020 - 14:00
  • Research (full) Proposals: Tuesday 30 June 2020 - 14:00

BiodivERsA joint co-fund call
“Biodiversity and Climate Change”

Submission of pre-proposals by 5 November 2019
Closing date on 10 April 2020
Considering the current Covid 19 situation, the deadline to submit your full proposal for step 2 has been postponed until Tuesday 21st April - 4pm CEST (local time in Brussels).

Call pre-announcement SOLSTICE
Enabling Societal Transformation in the Face of Climate Change

JPI Climate is launching a joint transnational call for proposals in October 2019.
BELSPO will financially enable Belgian researchers to submit proposals
(500.000 EURO of budget committed in this call)
More information

Call for proposals BRAIN-be 2.0
Call for proposals 2019: open for the 3 Pillars

Expressions of interest (EoI - only for Pillar 3): 22 July 2019 - 23h59
Research Proposals: 2 September 2019 - 23h59

Joint call of JPI Oceans and JPI Climate.
Call for proposals

Closing date of the call: 14 June 2019, 13:00 CEST

Joint call of JPI Oceans (Marine Research).
Call for proposals

Closing date of the call: 28 February 2019, 12AM

NORFACE call for proposals: democratic governance in turbulent times
Call for proposals of the NORFACE network that BELSPO recently joined

Deadline: 19 February 2019, 14.00 CET

Call for proposals to valorise BRAIN-be research projects
Call for Valorisation Actions

Closing date of the call: 26 October 2018 at 12AM.

Joint Call for International Research Proposals

Submission deadline pre-registrations:
18 June 2018, 17:00 CEST
Submission deadline full proposals:
8 October 2018, 17:00 CEST

Research programme for earth observation "STEREO III"
Fifth call for proposals

Expression of interest (mandatory): 04 May 2018 at 4 PM
Research proposals: 14 September 2018 at 4 PM

Federal Research Programme Drugs
Call for proposals 2018

Mark of Interest: June 4, 2018 at 3PM
Closing date of the call: June 29, 2018 at 3PM

International Networking of the Federal Scientific Institutions (FSIs)
Call 2018: Cultural heritage

Deadline for submission of proposals: 14 June 2018 at 15 h E.T.

Belgian-Vietnamese Research and Technology Cooperation

Deadline for submission of proposals: 24 May 2018, 15 h (E.T).

Belgian - South-African Research and Technology Cooperation

Deadline for submission of proposals: 4 May 2018, 15 h (E.T).

BiodivERsA3 2017-2018 Joint Call
“Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”

Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory):
Friday 01 December 2017, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)
Deadline for submission of full-proposals:
Friday 09 March 2018, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)


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