Federal research policy BELSPO

The federal research policy office BELSPO guarantees the coordination of the federal science policy and offers various individual research scholarships on an annual basis. In addition, it funds multidisciplinary research cooperation which crosses community and regional boundaries.

Scholarships and Return Mandates

More information?
Website Belspo

BRAIN Programme

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: research@uhasselt.be
Or on the website of Belspo


FED-tWIN is a new federal research programme to promote sustainable cooperation between ten Federal Scientific Institutions (FWIs)* and Belgian universities through the funding of joint research profiles.

The federal research policy office BELSPO coordinates this new federal programme, in which long-term research profiles (postdoc and ZAP) are funded. These research profiles are always a collaboration between a FWI* and an university. The research profiles are executed by the researchers with a PhD. The researchers will be employed half-time at the university and half-time at the FWI.

BELSPO will launch five waves, spread over 7 years (2017-2023). In each wave 25 profiles will be created, which makes 125 research profiles in total (2017-2023). The programme has an open end, which means that new waves can be created by KB as of 2024.

Below you will find an overview of the basic elements for these new FED-tWIN research profiles.





Amount of profiles


More information

Contact person at Hasselt University