Funds for financing research programmes between universities and public and private companies/organisations

You will find below:

❖       The contact details of the departments and points of contact in each university responsible for calls for projects and funding schemes for research projects. There are several funds that public and private organisations and companies can use to co-finance research projects that are in line their interests.

❖    An overview of the financing schemes and funds for a partnership or the development of joint research projects between universities and public and private companies/organisations. Some of the funds have cross-border operations, while others are restricted to a single economic region. However, this list is not exhaustive
- Between Belgium and France
- In Beligum, Wallonia
- In Belgium, Flanders
- In France


Contact :

Research collaborations with companies:
Government funding opportunities
 European and international government funding:

PhD research in cooperation with your company

Setting up projects:
Contact:  Tel: +32(081)72 50 49

Overview of the financing schemes and funds :

Between Belgium and France

Link to the Interreg website France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen : Interreg (


The INTERREG V-B  programme is a transnational cooperation programme covering Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Luxembourg, part of France and Germany.
The projects revolve around the following 4 priority objectives:
• Priority 1: Capitalising on innovation - Developing the knowledge economy of the region (North-West Europe) by taking advantage of the capacity for innovation.
• Priority 2: Managing resources and risks - Sustainable management of natural resources and natural and technological risks.
• Priority 3: Improving connectivity - Improving services in the region by promoting intelligent and sustainable transport and ICT solutions.
• Priority 4: Strengthening communities - Promoting strong and prosperous communities at the transnational level.


This programme provides funding for every region of Europe as well as Switzerland and Norway (regional and local public authorities) to promote the exchange and transfer of knowledge and best practices.
Two priorities are targeted:
• Innovation and the knowledge economy
• Environment and risk prevention.
• These priorities reflect the strategy of the European Union to encourage growth and employment in line with the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies.


The calls for projects by Eurostars provide fundings for applied research projects at the initiative of SMEs that are intensively involved in R&D (10% of turnover or staff devoted to R&D).
34 countries (member states or countries associated with the European Union) participate in these calls and all the technological fields are open.
Minimum requirements: 2 independent entities from 2 different countries that are members of Eurostars. The innovative SMEs must raise at least 50% of the project budget.

In Belgium, Wallonia

Beware fellowships 2

-         In order to promote the mobility of researchers* to Belgium, the SPW research has set up a new mechanism to finance their reception in Wallonia/Wallonia-Brussels Federation: the programme"BEWARE Fellowships 2".
-         "BEWARE Fellowships 2" aims to attract 75 qualified researchers to the Walloon companies where they will spend half of their stay while the other half will be at a university, a university college or a research centre.
-         The mandate covers the salary, a mobility allowance and operating costs.
-         The BEWARE Fellowships 2 program (for BElgian WAllonia REsearcher) is cofunded by the Marie Actions Skłodowska-Curie of the European Commission (COFUND - contract 847587).
-         (*) All nationalities, including Belgian nationals, are considered. Researchers must not have resided in Belgium more than 12 months, on a professional basis, over the last three years, at the time of submission.

Walloon Competitive Clusters

The competitive clusters create networks of excellence and innovation and aim to broaden the appeal of the Walloon Region, develop employment by re-energising economic activities, and promote synergies between the different agents. The projects must be coordinated by a company (Région Wallonne) and must include at least two industrial partners (Région Wallonne) and two academic partners (Universities, Hautes Écoles, approved research centres) in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Biowin competitiveness cluster
Biowin is a competitive cluster for human health whose goal is to unite the agents of Wallonia involved in innovation and training in the biotechnology and health sectors.

WAGRALIM competitiveness cluster

The objectiv of the Pôle Walagrim cluster is to make the companies of the agri-food sector more competitive and to develop business and create jobs in the sector.

SKYWIN competitiveness cluster

Skywin is a competitivecluster for aeronautics and space, whose goal is to develop and manage research and development projects with an economic objective, that generate new activities and create jobs in Wallonia.

MECATECH competitiveness cluster

Pôle MecaTech is a competitiveness cluster for mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering covers a set of companies (assemblers/integrators) that provide "functional systems" (consumer products, machines or industrial processes) for their clients, as well as those companies that manufacture components or sub-assemblies using various technologies.

LOGISTICS IN WALLONIA competitiveness cluster

Logistics in Wallonia is a competitive cluster for logistics and transport, with the following missions:

GREENWIN  competitiveness cluster

The Pôle Greenwin cluster for the life cycle of matter that aims to reduce our environmental footprint through technological development and innovation.


The FIRST (Formation et d'Impulsion à la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique – training and impetus for scientific and technological research) programme gives researchers the opportunity to learn about the industrial environment while retaining their university status.
It consists in covering, for a period of two years or more, the remuneration costs of a young researcher responsible for performing a guided research project in a university or university level institution, which is likely to have an impact in the long-term on the economic and social development of Wallonia.


This programme finances research aimed at the developing a new product, process or service;
At the same time, conducting a feasibility and technical-economic development study of the results of the research.
The ultimate objective of the proposal is to start a new economic activity in the Walloon Region by creating a spin-off

In Belgium, Flanders

Baekeland mandates

Consortium consisting of (minimum) a Flemish company, a Flemish university and a PhD student
doing a PhD/doctoral project with added value for the company
50 to 80% of the personnel and operating costs of the PhD student

Innovation mandates

An innovation mandate is specifically designed to enable post-doctoral researchers to carry out a project in close collaboration with the business community, either with an existing company, or with a view to establishing a new company.

Applied Biomedical research with a Primary Social Finality (TBM)

The TBM programme aims to contribute in the long term to the implementation of (new) therapies, diagnostic techniques, and prevention methods, which would not make it to the patient without government funding – due to a lack of interest from the industry.

R&D company projects

research or development project, conducted by one or more companies, whether or not in collaboration with research partners. The project starts from a specific problem. Priority is given to projects with a higher risk and a larger potential economic impact in Flanders. The programme is permanently open.

TETRA projects:

TETRA is a programme for practice-oriented research by university colleges and integrated programmes in universities for enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.

ERDF Flanders

The Flemish ERDF programme gives grants to projects in Flanders that increase competitiveness and stimulate jobs.

In France

Lille University is a public establishment that has been I-SITE certified since 2017.
With 3,300 researchers and lecturer-researchers and 66 laboratories, Lille University is striving to become one of the major French research universities. Working in partnership with the CNRS, Inserm, Inria, INRA, the grandes écoles, the regional university hospital (CHRU) of Lille and the Institut Pasteur, it develops high-level research and technological or service innovations using major scientific projects, advanced technological means and partnerships with socio-economic players.
Several funding opportunities are possible to forge ties, particularly with the socio-economic world:

Regional arrangements:

Hauts-de-France Innovation Développement 


National systems


The Cifre system offers companies financial aid to recruit young doctoral students whose research work is supervised by a public research laboratory and will lead to a viva voce
The Cifre brings together the following three partners:
●    a company*, which entrusts the doctoral student with some research work which is the subject of their thesis;
●    a laboratory, that is independent of the company, which provides the scientific supervision of the doctoral student;
●    a doctoral student, with a diploma that confers the degree of master.


ANR - industrial chair programmes

The Industrial Chair programme pursues a threefold objective: Build and structure collaborative scientific research projects in high-priority strategic areas for public and private agents involved in the industrial chair, through a strong long-term partnership.
Enable French or foreign, internationally reputed, itinerant or local lecturer-researchers or researchers, to work on an ambitious, innovative research programme with an undeniable industrial scope.
Provide training through research, by offering doctoral and post-doctoral researchers the approach to research work that is part of a long-term vision in academic research laboratories coupled with the experience of agents from the business world.