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Anticipate programme

April 1, 2016 - June 29, 2016

The Anticipate programme supports projects implemented by Belgian or foreign academic researchers who have a forward-looking vision in the fields considered to be essential by the Brussels Region.

The projects should contribute to the development and reinforcement of knowledge of Brussels’ urban complexity.

Anticipate targets researchers in human science as much as researchers in exact science.

Every year, the priority fields are defined.

Collaboration with a (semi)public (Brussels) institution which is greatly concerned by the subject in the field is strongly encouraged.

You may benefit from Anticipate aid if:

  • the researcher(s) holds, at the very least, a Masters degree at the time of starting the research
  • the promoter-coordinator is a recognised professor or researcher from a Brussels university or higher education institution
  • the project proposed contributes innovative knowledge to one of the priority research themes
  • the application will be submitted to Innoviris after approval by the University’s Rector or the higher education institution’s Director

For further information about the eligibility conditions for Anticipate, please consult the Rules.


Applications must be submitted during the call for projects launched annually by Innoviris (approximately between February and April).  Applications may be submitted to Innoviris at any time of the year using the form available in the French and Dutch version of the website.

Type of financial intervention

Financial aid may be allocated as a grant.

It covers a period of two years:

  • the researcher’s remuneration (up to 2.5 full-time equivalents)
  • operating costs of the hosting unit(s), among which a limited budget (5% of operating costs) for the promoter(s) and administrative costs for the institution (10% mandatory fixed sum)

Funding concerns two-year projects which may, eventually, be renewed for two further years.

Evaluation of projects

Each admissible project will be evaluated by a jury comprising academic experts in the scientific field of the application and Innoviris’ representatives.

The evaluation is based on the documents submitted and are sent to the members of the jury and completed by an interview by the jury.

The project will be defended by the researcher(s) in the presence of the promoter(s) and, if necessary, the project’s sponsor.


The evaluation criteria are as follows:
  • the project’s scientific quality (objectives, tasks, methodology, link with the state of the art, scientific originality, innovative values, schedule, expertise)
  • practical feedback for the Region (knowledge of the state of the art, collaboration with a (semi) public institution, expected results with a view to political recommendations, popularisation of results