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Research funding


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BRAIN-be (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks) is a recurring research programme overseen by the Federal Science Policy Office which runs throughout the 2012 - 2017 period.

The programme is built around six thematic pillars:

  • Ecosystems, biodiversity, evolution
  • Geosystems, universe and climate
  • Cultural, historical and scientific heritage
  • Strategies of the federal government
  • Important societal challenges
  • Management of the collection


The BRAIN-be programme funds two types of research projects:

  • networking projects (with a duration of four years and a possibility for projects of two years);
  • pioneering projects of a maximum of two years.

For whom?

The BRAIN-be programme is open to the entire scientific community in Belgium: universities, university colleges, public scientific institutions and research centres.

  • Networking projects: min. two different scientific institutions participate in a networking project. The participation of a Federal Scientific Institution and cooperation between institutions from both parts of the country is encouraged;
  • Pioneering projects: only a Federal Scientific Institution (FWI) can submit an application in the format of a one-partner project, or in the format of a network of which the FWI is the coordinator.

More information?
Contact Hasselt University:  Ilse Haeldermans
Or on the website of Belspo