Subsidy opportunities for your business

Subsidy opportunities for your business

There are currently a number of business-oriented subsidies available in which we can play a role for your company.

The SME growth subsidy in summary

  • For SMEs with an establishment in Flanders
  • Acquiring strategic advice from an external service provider or the gross salary cost of recruiting a strategic profile
  • Maximum € 50,000 subsidy per year per growth trajectory
  • The call for the themes digitalisation, internationalisation and circular and sustainable business is active from 12/07/2021 until 23:59 on 31/08/2021.

In the framework of an SME growth grant, Flanders Make can be the external service provider for strategic advice.

the Baekeland mandate in summary

  • For a consortium consisting of (at least) a Flemish company, a Flemish university and a PhD student
  • Carrying out a doctoral project with added value for the company
  • A subsidy of 50 to 80% of the doctoral student's personnel and operating costs
  • Call active from 01/07/2022 09h00 until 06/09/2022 12h00

Flanders Make can take on the role of promoter and/or host. Would you like to know more about this type of subsidy? Be sure to read our blog about the Baekeland mandate at Siemens Industry Software NV.

3. Calls for International collaborations in R&D&I projects

Eurostars 3

Eurostars is the largest support programme for SMEs that want to cooperate in an international R&D project to develop and market innovative products, processes or services. The project leader is always an innovative SME, and the consortium also includes partners from one or more of the 37 participating countries. After a central international evaluation, each partner is supported through a support instrument in its own country or region, Flemish participants are supported according to the modalities of a VLAIO research or development project.

Deadline call: 15 September 2022 – 14h00
More information through VLAIO


Ira-SME projects strengthen the competitiveness of European SMEs by focusing on cooperation between SMEs and knowledge institutions from different regions/countries. Flanders is taking part in the 30th call and is participating with the development project support instrument.

Deadline call: 28 September 2022 – 12h00
More information through VLAIO

Globalstars Brazil

The GlobalStars call is open from 26 April to 11 October 2022. This call wants to stimulate Flemish companies to carry out development projects with Brazilian partners in all technology areas with a special focus on 'sustainability' and 'health'. This joint GlobalStars call is a cooperation between funding agencies from Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Brazil, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands. The maximum amount of support for the Flemish part of the project is € 500,000.

Deadline call: 11 October 2022
More information through EUREKA

ITEA for software projects

ITEA is an industry-driven European ecosystem for collaborative R&D projects that touch upon the broad topic of software-intensive systems. Topics that can be addressed in these projects include artificial intelligence, cyber security, smart cities, Industry 4.0, smart mobility, healthcare and smart engineering.

Deadline call: 15 November 2022
More information through VLAIO

Flanders Make can act as research partner for all these international projects. Would you like to know more? Then do not hesitate to contact us.

More information?

Would you like to know more about the subsidy possibilities for your company? Then do not hesitate to contact us.

Marc Engels, COO

Marc Engels is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Flanders Make. Marc has extensive experience in research in collaboration with industry (KU Leuven, Stanford University, IMEC, LoraNet, FMTC, Flanders Make). He has an engineering degree and a PhD from KU Leuven.