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Data Science & Smart Tech

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The integration of smart technologies and data science-based solutions is transforming the way we interact with the world around us, leading to the creation of new markets and business models in various sectors. These advancements are key enablers for a sustainable, digital, and cohesive future, with a focus on achieving Europe's Green Deal objectives.

Research and Innovation play a vital role in contributing to these objectives, and there are various grant funding programmes available at regional, national, and European levels to support advancements in areas such as Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, personalized healthcare, energy management, and process management. Fundamental technologies such as Augmented & Virtual Reality, Connectivity, Cloud technologies, IoT, 5G, Photonics, Robotics, Micro-and Nanoelectronics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Statistics, Simulation, and Soft Sensing are essential for these advancements.

Regional grants in Belgium



In Belgium, various regional programmes are available to support research and innovation. These programmes are managed by organizations such as VLAIO in Flanders, Innoviris in Brussels, and SPW Economie, Emploi et Recherche in Wallonia.

In Flanders, you can also benefit from spearhead clusters innovation networks, that bring together companies, research institutes, and the government to promote cross-sector collaborations in strategic domains. These spearhead clusters include Catalisti, SIM, Flux50, VIL, Flanders' Food, Blue Cluster, and Medvia, and are increasingly incorporating smart technologies and data science into their areas of expertise.

Belgium also participates in Eureka, which offers international cooperation opportunities in research and innovation through Network projects and Eurostars.

European grants



Explore a range of funding opportunities managed by the European Commission or its executive agencies, including its flagship programme Horizon Europe to support cutting-edge concepts and technologies. If you are a highly ambitious SME, consider the EIC Transition and EIC Accelerator programs, which are designed for single applicants.

The EIT Digital Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) invest in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake and scaling of research-based digital technologies (deep tech) focusing on key societal challenges such as Digital Tech, Digital Cities, Digital Industry, Digital Wellbeing, and Digital Finance.

The Digital Europe Programme provides strategic funding to support projects in five key areas, including supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and promoting the use of digital technologies across the economy and society through Digital Innovation Hubs.

Additionally, relevant joint undertakings (public-private partnerships) complement the Horizon Europe framework by addressing global complex challenges that can be best addressed by partnerships with industrial stakeholders using smart technologies and science solutions.

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If you need help with identifying funding opportunities or preparing funding applications, we're here to assist you. Simply send us an email and we'll be happy to provide the support you need.

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Kelly-Jayne Aylward

Kelly-Jayne Aylward, PhD

Managing Partner

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Sonja Vancrayenest

Managing Partner