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Research funding


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The TETRA programme is aimed at Flemish higher education institutions, particularly those research groups that actively engage in applied research. Within TETRA, they carry out short-term projects that translate available (academic) knowledge into validated, directly usable designs or prototypes that meet the needs of a large group of enterprises (SMEs) and/or social profit organisations or that represent new market opportunities for them. The companies in the target group support their interest and importance by actively guiding the project and co-financing the project budget (remaining 7,5%). TETRA projects also need to be embedded in the educational programmes of the applicants to ensure that the project results are transmitted indirectly through their graduates to Flemish companies. A TETRA project usually takes two years and has a budget of at least €100,000 and at most €480,000. 

Only colleges and research groups from programs recently integrated into the university (i.e. architecture, interior architecture, engineering technology and rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy) can act as principal promotor for TETRA submissions. Other university groups can therefore only be involved as co-promotor in TETRA projects.

There is one deadline each year (End of January).

More information?
Contact Hasselt University: Annelies Stockmans
Contact VLAIO: Stephane Faignet (tetra@vlaio.be)
Or on the website of VLAIO

Extra support?
The Research Coordination office:

  • Helps with process-related questions (e.g. questions about the application template, submission procedure etc.).
  • Acts as an intermediary between the researchers and VLAIO
  • Acts as an intermediary when internal (TTO, PER, FIN) or external (ICL, etc.) consultation is necessary
  • Helps with preparing the project budget 
  • Checks the final project budget 
  • Helps with administrative formalities relating to Hasselt University 
  • Coordinates the signing process of the declaration of intent by the rector

International cooperation?
VLAIO is a partner in CORNET (Collective Research NETworking). CORNET is a network of ministries and funding agencies that combine their existing funding schemes to increase competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Participation in a CORNET project allows SMEs, SME associations or groups and research organisations to build an international network and benefit from know-how and resources that might not be available in their country or region. Twice a year CORNET issues calls for proposals for international Collective Research projects. The calls follow a bottom-up approach: every topic that supports SMEs in their innovation efforts is welcome. More information on the calls for proposal can be found on the CORNET website. Flemish partners with a TETRA project or a VIS-CO project can participate in CORNET. More information on the procedure can be found on the website of VLAIO.