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Partnerships with universities

Research can result in innovation through participations with universities and academic institutions
Many benefits are generated by development partnerships between business and the academic sector, including technology and innovation transfers and improved global competitiveness.

Academic-business partnerships come in various forms:

  • Test and analyses (of assets of the business using the equipment and know-how of the university)
  • Feasibility studies
  • Prototype creation and testing
  • Development projects, such as software
  • Multi-year research projects (development of new concepts, technologies, applications)

The Brussels-Capital Region funds the research efforts of businesses through Innoviris (FR/NL), with the possibility of subcontracting to university teams.

Partnership structures

Several structures have been put in place to promote communication and encourage partnerships between university research centres and businesses. The universities themselves have established "interface cells". The following universities and university colleges are active in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Bilingual regional structure

InduTec - Transfer Technology Center
Association of four higher education institutions in the Brussels-Capital Region (Haute Ecole Léonard de Vinci, Haute Ecole Paul-Henri Spaak, Haute Ecole Lucia de Brouckère and Erasmushogeschool van Brussel)Avenue Nellie Melba, 73, 1070 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 534 33 79
Fax: +32 (0)2 534 33 95
Email: indutec@indutec.be

For French speakers

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
    ULB-Interface

    Avenue F. D. Roosevelt, 50 - CP 161, 1050 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 650 24 01
    Fax: +32 (0)2 650 35 12
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
    Interface R&D
    AC/ADRE - Administration de la recherche

    Place de l'Université, 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
    Bâtiment Halles - floor 03 - room A 306
    Email: alain.dangoisse@uclouvain.be
    Phone: +32 (0)10 47 25 63
    Secretariat phone: +32 (0)10 47 24 98
  • Hautes écoles de la Communauté Française
    Cellule interface ADISIF- Entreprises

    Avenue Gouverneur Bovesse, 41, box 10, 5100 Jambes
    Phone: +32 (0)81 41 38 12
    Fax: +32 (0)81 32 21 69

For Dutch speakers

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Technology Transfer Interface
R&D department - Building M - 4th floor
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 629 21 08 - +32 (0)2 629 22 07
Fax: +32 (0)2 629 36 40
Email: rd.interface@vub.ac.be