Belgium

Partner 2: (BE-FL: Belgium Flanders) VLAIO … Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (in Dutch: Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen) is a government agency, charged with implementing the economic, innovation and enterprise policy in Flanders, the Dutch speaking northern part of Belgium. VLAIO helps companies with the startup of their activities, the grow and continuity of their business, but also with the search for the right location, information on permits, financing, investments in innovation and ecological technologies. VLAIO guides entrepreneurs throughout the government landscape. The innovation support department of VLAIO (formerly IWT) manages a programme for industrial R&D-funding.

Partner 3: (BE-FR: Belgium French-speaking Community) FNRS … Fund for Scientific Research

The Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) is a research funding agency that promotes and supports
basic scientific research in the French-speaking Community of Belgium. Founded in 1928, it mainly
receives public subsidies, currently from the French-speaking Community of Belgium, the Walloon Region
and the Federal Government of Belgium. The Fund supports individual researchers on the basis of the
criterion of excellence by offering temporary or permanent positions; funding to research teams; grants
and credits for international collaboration and scientific prizes. F.R.S.-FNRS fosters research in all scientific
fields, following a bottom-up approach of investigator-driven research. Further, the Fund supports
researchers in an ever growing context of internationalisation through facilitating their mobility, allowing
for collaborative transnational projects and supporting a high level international working environment. It
also hosts several national contact points (NCP) for the Excellent Science Pillar within HORIZON2020.
Since October 2008, Dr. Ir. Véronique Halloin is the Secretary-General of F.R.S.-FNRS.

Partner 4: (BE-WA: Belgium Wallonia) SPW… Direction générale opérationnelle Economie, Emploi & Recherche

Directorate General operational for Economy, Employment and Research (SPW), belonging to the Walloon public Service, is the legal administration in charge of funding applied research for new
technologies and energy for industries, academia and research centres, as well as of related international
scientific co-operation. It is therefore the key advisory body for the Regional government authorities
involving research and innovation policy