In 2015, following a request from the regional ministers for scientific research, the BEL-SME programme was created with a view to encouraging synergies and promoting intra-Belgian collaboration.
SPW Recherche, Innoviris and Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen have developed a simple tool that encourages the development of joint R&D projects between Belgian SMEs from different regions as a result.
In February 2021, BEL-SME gave way to BELCOO, which was founded on the same principle, namely a joint call from the three administrations, but with new features:
- open to all businesses (small, medium and large)
- no deadline for submitting projects (help-desk programme)
- a maximum budget of €500,000 per project
Like before, the funding institutions organise a consultation about what projects to fund, but the evaluation and funding is decentralised.
read the BELCOO success stories (in French or Dutch)
read the press release of the Walloon minister for Research (in French)
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