Through the 'Interuniversity Attraction Poles' (IUAP) programme, the federal government aims to strengthen the networks between Flanders and Wallonia.
This federal programme aims at bringing together networks of research groups from both sides of the language border, increase their critical mass and strengthen their international position.
The IUAP scholarships fund networks existing of at least four partners from three different institutions. Of course both parts of the country need to be represented in each network. Such a IUAP network is funded for five years. Upon evaluation, the network may be given funding again.
IUAP phase VII
At this moment phase VII of the IUAP programme runs from 2012 - 2017. The current phase counts 47 IUAP networks, with 4 to 11 Belgian research teams per network.