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Life Sciences and Health

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vulnerabilities of our societies, economies, and health care systems, highlighting the need for stronger crisis preparedness and response. Achieving this goal while promoting Europe's industrial competitiveness, resilience, and prosperity requires long-term sustainable strategies and innovative solutions. In the life sciences and health sectors, areas of focus include personalized medicine, digital transformation, virtual care, AI-driven health, immunotherapy, gene editing, biopharmaceuticals, and sustainability. In agri-food, the focus is on plant-based alternatives, food safety technology, precision agriculture, sustainability, and supply chain transparency. Regional, national governments, and the European Commission provide grant funding to support research and innovation in these areas. Join us in developing solutions that build a better future.

For this reason, many regional, and national governments as well as the European Commission have a range of grant funding programmes put in place to support and de-risk projects. 

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, such as Flanders’ FOOD and MEDVIA. Flanders’ FOOD focuses on innovation in the agri-food industry, while MEDVIA facilitates collaborations between the medical and research sectors to tackle health technology challenges.

Belgium also participates in Eureka, a programme for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, including 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 programmes, which are designed for single applicants.

HaDEA manages the EU4Health programme, which aims to build stronger, more resilient, and more accessible health systems to address long-term health challenges, including those brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, there are public-private partnerships, such as Global Health EDC TP3 and Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) that  complement the Horizon Europe programme by addressing global Life Sciences & Health and agro-food challenges that require critical mass and long-term vision.

If you're a smaller consortium or single applicant, the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of EIT Health could be a good fit, encouraging multi-actor approaches to be more effective in achieving impact.

Other European programmes available include the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to help businesses with innovation, entrepreneurship and regional development.

Contact us

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