ICON research programme

ICON research programme

Collaboration between Innoviris and Imec within the scope of the ICON research programme

Imec is an R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of microchip technology and software and ICT expertise is what makes Imec unique. It has a special infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of diverse partners across a multitude of industries. Together they create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a partner for companies, startups and academia, Imec brings together 3.5000 reserchers from more than 70 different countries. The headquarters is situated in Leuven and the R&D teams are spread among Flemish universities, the Netherlands, Taiwan, the US, China, India and Japan.  

The  ICON research programme

Every year, Imec allocates EUR 14 million to research via ICON projects. The projects are demand-driven, provide rapid feedback and involve both scientists and industry partners. ICON projects usually run over two years but quickly incorporate the rapidly changing needs of the digital market. ICON partners take part in the research in order to subsequently integrate the project results in their products or services.

Partners in an ICON project provide the financing for their own project costs. In 2009, the ICON application procedure was linked to the IWT R&D procedure. Since then, Flemish companies have been able to easily access VLAIO support for ICON projects. One application file can be used for the consortium application for the ICON proposal as well as the application for individual company support.

Since 2014 Brussels-based companies that wish to participate in an ICON project have been able to also seek R&D company support from Innoviris in the file used for the ICON application.

Why is Innoviris taking part in this programme?

The ICON programme focuses on areas such as software development and media. Within these two sectors, Brussels plays an important role because it is a base for many software and media companies.

The collaboration between Imec and Innoviris means it will be much easier for Brussels-based companies to obtain R&D support from Innoviris for their participation in ICON projects.

As a result, industry partners within an ICON project from the Brussels Capital Region can also benefit from collaboration with Imec researchers and the contacts with their eco-systems.


ICON call for projects

In 2017, two ICON calls for projects will be organised.

Are you interested? Then click here.

More information...

For more information, you can take a look at the Imec website or contact the scientific adviser to Innoviris who is responsible for this collaboration.

Innoviris contact person


Stijn Maas

Scientific Advisor

Industrial Research and Innovation Team

Tel. +32 2 600 50 67