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Innovation and R&D

The main instruments and measures to promote innovation and R&D in the Brussels-Capital Region
The Brussels-Capital Region does its utmost to promote businesses with strong potential in terms of technological development as well as university and higher education through support and awareness programmes.

This section provides information on various issues relating to research and development ((R&D):

Bodies responsible for R&D policies

At federal level

The Belgian Federal Science Policy Office prepares and implements various research and science policy activities resorting under the competence of the federal government, including:

  • Research networks and programmes
  • Belgium’s participation in international and European scientific organisations (European Space Agency, European Southern Observatory, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and so on)
  • Supervision of the ten federal science institutions, which has been developed by the Scientific and Technical Information Service (STIS), is a gateway to the main websites in the field of research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in Belgium and in European and international partnerships. There are links to federal websites as well as the main European, regional and communal sites.

At regional level

The Regional Innovation Plan (2006) is one of the mainstays of the Brussels-Capital Region’s research and technological innovation policy.

Innovative Brussels is a regional portal bringing together all the various actors in research and innovation (R&I).
It serves as a meeting platform for these players: businesses, investors, organizations and researchers, whether they are Brussels-bred, Belgian or foreign.

  • Support helps entrepreneurs with the implementation of their development plans within the Brussels-Capital Region.
    Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 422.00.20
  • Promotion
    The mission of Research in Brussels (RIB) is to help to achieve the targets set by the Brussels-Capital Region in the field of research and innovation.

    Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 600 50 00
    Fax: +32 (0)2 600 50 45

  • Grant
    The mission of Innoviris, the Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation (formerly IRSIB) is the deployement of the Brussels-Capital Region’s research and development policy.

    Chaussée de Charleroi 110, 1060 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 600 50 34
    Fax: +32 (0)2 600 50 47

The website of Innovative Brussels gives a comprehensive survey of all bodies responsible for research and innovation in the Brussels-Capital-Region.

Three sectors in particular have proven their worth in terms of exports: information and communication technology (ICT), health – including biotechnology and medical equipment – and the environment.
(Source: Office of the Minister of the Economy and Employment of the Brussels-Capital Region)