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Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship

In January 2016, Enterprise Flanders and the agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) merged into one new agency: Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO). VLAIO is charged with implementing the economic, innovation and enterprise policy in Flanders.  The activities of the former IWT towards companies are implemented within this new agency. This means that the management of IWT’s company-oriented funding programmes such as the Baekeland mandates, the Innovation mandates, TETRA, agricultural research and R&D funding for companies have been integrated within VLAIO. The activities of the former IWT towards universities (doctoral scholarships for strategic basic research, strategic basic research (SBO) projects and Applied Biomedical Research with a Primary Social finality (TBM)) have been transferred to FWO.   

Click on a programme in the table below for more specific information and to find out how the research coordination office can support you. Next to the programmes stated below VLAIO also offers support to industrial R&D projects where universities can participate as a research partner or as a service provider. More information on these programmes can be found on the VLAIO website.


VLAIO programme Deadline
TETRA End of January
Baekeland mandates End of March
Beginning of September
Innovation mandates End of March
Beginning of September
Agricultural research End of November