The competence for allocating subsidies designed to encourage R&D is managed by the regions.
This regionalisation creates divisions which are not always realistic for academic, industrial or other stakeholders.
An opinion (No. 35) of the Scientific Policy Council of the Brussels-Capital Region, concerning inter-regional collaboration enables the question to be asked officially.
Cooperation Brussels-Capital Region and Walloon Region
Subsequently, the Brussels and Walloon CPS held a consultation meeting and identified three possible lines of collaboration: strategic coordination, research infrastructures and European programmes.
Since then, Brussels R&D stakeholders have been able to participate in six Walloon competitiveness clusters and receive funding from Innoviris in this frame.
A bio-bank project has also been developed in cooperation with the Walloon Region.
Brussels-Capital Region and Flemish Region cooperation
The Brussels CPS also took the initiative to contact the VRWI (Vlaamse Raad voor Wetenschap en Innovatie) in order to identify possible lines of cooperation.
A first initiative now enables Brussels research stakeholders to join forces with Flemish stakeholders for the programme "Proeftuin ZorginnovatieRuimte Vlaanderen" launched on the initiative of the Flemish government and managed by the IWT.