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Connect - International partnerships


The aim of the Connect programme is to allocate funding to Brussels stakeholders preparing a European RDI project. More exactly, it finances Brussels entities preparing a project associating one or several European entities with a view to obtaining funding or recognition from a European or supranational organisation.

The project to prepare may concern scientific research, experimental development or innovation.

This aid covers costs related to the preparation, negotiation and submission of the project, such as:

  • staff costs;

  • mission and travel costs;

  • consultancy costs (service contract such as translation, legal services and other similar costs presented in the frame of the project's preparation).


Summary of the functioning of Connect aid:

  • a premium of up to €10,000, €15,000 or €25,000

  • up to 50% or 70% cover of your costs

  • an initial payment of up to 50% of the total amount allocated in order to avoid you having to pay an advance on costs and a second payment after the project's submission

  • a simplified budget model based on standards costs

  • reporting and reduced procedures


Universities and higher education institutions may benefit from Connect aid if they fulfil the following conditions:

  • develop all or some of its activities within the territory covered by the Brussels-Capital Region

  • be the promoter of, or a participant in, a scientific research, experimental development or innovation project (associating at least one European foreign entity) which will be submitted to a European body and carry out RDI activities within in

  • show that the project is likely to have a favourable impact on the economy, employment and/or sustainable development of the Brussels-Capital Region

  • show one's ability to finance one's share in the project

  • have fulfilled its obligations in the context of previous support initiatives allocated by the Region.

Companies may also benefit from Connect aid. For further information about the conditions of this aid, see page Connect - Enterprises.

Applications may be introduced at the very earliest two months before the launch of the call for projects to which the applicant is responding.

Applications may be submitted to Innoviris at any time of the year using the form available in the French and Dutch version of the website.


Type of financial intervention

Financial aid may be allocated as a grant.


Rate of financial intervention (maximum)

  Project concerning scientific research Project concerning experimental development Upper limit applicable for the project coordinator (€) Upper limit applicable for the project partner (€)
Research organisation






Innoviris contact person


Marianne Da Silva

International Projects Advisor

Industrial Research and Innovation Team

Tel. +32 2 600 50 20