Innovation and R&D
This section provides information on various issues relating to research and development ((R&D):
- patents and intellectual property
- partnerships between business and the academic sector (universities)
- European assistance and partnerships
- food quality control analyses.
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
www.research.be, 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.
helps entrepreneurs with the implementation of their development plans within the Brussels-Capital Region.
Phone: +32 (0)2 422.00.20
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.
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.
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)