Are the initiatives taken sufficient to facilitate cooperation on R&D and innovation programmes between Belgian regions? 

After the launch of the BELSME funding programme for SMEs (2015-2020), the "MoU cluster collaboration" was realised from 2018 for a collaboration between innovation clusters.

In 2021, the BELSME programme was reformed into the BELCOO programme, which allows not only SMEs but also large companies from different regions to start R&D collaborations at any time.


  • Do you know the opportunities and objectives of the BELCOO programme?
  • What other interregional cooperation initiatives could be useful for Walloon, Brussels and Flemish research actors?
  • What synergies could be achieved between regional innovation clusters?

Find out more about funding through BELCOO or interregional cooperation and join the panel discussion on 18 April 23 with: 


  • Mark Andries, administrator-general of VLAIO
  • Isabelle Quoilin, directrice générale SPW Economie Emploi Recherche
  • Stefaan Sonck Thibaut, director-general of Innoviris


15.00  - 15.30  : presentation by BELCOO, of the MoU cluster collaboration and testimony
15.30  - 16.00  : panel discussion* and Q&A
16.00  - 17.00  : networking drink

Places are limited, thank you for registering before 11 April (80 participants max)

You will find more details regarding the BELCOO programme here

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