Anticipate - Prospective research

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Anticipate - Prospective research

Prospective Research



Through its Anticipate programme, Innoviris is financing projects led by academic researchers at a Brussels university or college which focus on the future and cover areas of importance to the Brussels Capital Region. 

Such projects help to develop and enrich the knowledge available on Brussels' urban complexity. The programme funds projects in the areas of both human and precise science. The projects pay the appropriate attention to creating valuable research, preferably in collaboration with a supporting institution.




The Anticipate themes of 2017 are: 

  • Social participation and citizenship. How can the human and cultural capital from citizens coming from diverse cultural and social backgrounds be employed to promote participation, solidarity and interaction in and between social groups? How can young people specifically be encouraged in an innovative way to participate in our society, taking into account their enormous diversity? How can they become more involved in policy-making processes and social decisions which create social change and innovation?

  • Health and environment. How do environmental factors relate to the development of disease/unease, including problems such as addiction and stress phenomenon? How can we employ bio-monitoring tools (diagnosis, sensors, applications, etc.) to detect detrimental emissions, monitor air and water quality, purify the air indoors and outdoors, improve environmental noise,…? Which strategies can we apply or develop to manage health-related environmental risks?

  • Circular economy. How do the various Brussels target groups currently perceive the different economic models and consumption methods which are linked to the circular economy?  What are the obstacles and motivational factors behind Brussels' households evolving towards this new consumption method? How can a balance be achieved between a household’s comfort needs and the demands in achieving more circularity?

You may benefit from Anticipate aid if:

  • the researcher(s) involved at the start of the project has/have, at least, a master degree 

  • the promoter or promoters carries/carry the title of professor or established researcher at a Brussels university or college

  • the request is submitted to Innoviris at the latest by the last submission date stated in the call for projects, together with the approval of the university Principal or college Director

  • the request is created in accordance with the requirements (using the correct form, respecting the requested number of pages, completeness of the form, etc.)

  • the research body satisfies in full the stipulations laid down by the Region for the allocation of subsidies

  • the project has not already been started before the subsidy request is submitted

  • the project is connected to one of the themes identified by the Region

  • the project provides a refreshing contribution to one of these themes 

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


 Applications will now be selected in 2 stages:

An expression of interest must be submitted to Innoviris using this form by March, 3 2017, 12.00 pm at the latest. 

Following the evaluation procedure by Innoviris, only those who presented the expressions of interest selected will be able to submit their final proposal using a form available on our website. This must be submitted by May, 19 2017, 12.00 pm at the latest (available in French and in Dutch).

Projects must be submitted by the relevant academic authorities. Please contact your TTO department or, for the VUB, R&D department if you require any further information.

Type of financial intervention

Financial aid may be allocated as a grant.

It covers a period of two years:

  • the researcher's remuneration

  • 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 (60%): objectives, tasks, methodology, link with the state of the art, scientific originality, innovative values, schedule, expertise

  • practical application for the region (30%): state-of-the-art knowledge, contribution to the socio-economic development of the region, potential for implementation of the anticipated results and dissemination

  • quality of the consortium (10%): expertise, complementarity (in the case of several researchers), collaboration with a (para) public institution


Innoviris contact person


Suzana Koelet

Scientific Advisor

Strategic Research Team

Tel. +32 2 600 50 80