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Team Up - Academic Research & Industry

Through the Team Up programme Innoviris wants to encourage the collaboration and technological transfer between academics and entrepreneurs.

Team Up Academich research and industry




The objective of Team Up is to foster collaboration between academia and industry in the Brussels-Capital Region. This yearly program involves an active participation of both academic units and industrial teams with an aim of strengthening knowledge, transferring IP from academic research to the industry and turning it into prototypes that lead to new business opportunities.

Thanks to Team Up, companies will acquire the knowledge they miss, integrate state-of-the-art and academics will find real-world use cases to apply their findings.




Did you miss our Team Up matchmaking event? Have a look at the presentation of the call !


2018 edition: distributed networks and decentralised systems 

The power of networks

Enabled by technological progress, a shift from centralised systems towards distributed and decentralised ones can be observed globally. While centralised systems do all their processing in one place, distributed and decentralised systems split the processing among a network of (a potential high number of) nodes teaming up with each other.

The most iconic example of such systems is the blockchain. Introduced in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto in the seminal paper describing Bitcoin, the blockchain is a distributed, secure, and trusted public record of assets and transactions. No central entity owns or controls it. Rather, data is stored across a global network of computers. The blockchain has the potential to change the way we buy and sell, interact with government and verify the authenticity of everything from vegetables to property titles.

The current move away from centralised systems goes far beyond the blockchain. Many sectors have crossed or are nearing the pivot point where more decentralized and distributed systems can compete effectively from the standpoint of both functionality and efficiency. For instance, the energy landscape is undergoing a profound transformation, shifting away from centralised, carbon-intensive generation, to decentralised environment-friendly production thanks to solar panels and wind turbines. Likewise, in IT, virtually all current processors distribute computing across several cores. Finally, this trend is not only technological but also societal: citizens are increasingly eager to participate in the decision-making process, leading to the idea of decentralised democracy.

Distributed and decentralised system can have a competitive advantage over existing centralised solutions. They offer greater scalability (as nodes can be added easily), greater resilience (as there is no single point of failure) as well as other application-specific advantages. On the other hand, they are more complex to manage, raise security concerns and pose other challenges that the Team Up 2018 call aims at addressing.

Every project encompassing a form of distribution or decentralisation is welcome. The project may concern the system as a whole or focus on a single element of it. Finally, the call is NOT restricted to ICT.


Those able to benefit from the Team Up aid are companies established in Brussels and having R&D activities in the projects which fulfil the following conditions:

  • The project must involve at least one research organization (university, higher education institution or research center) having at least one head office in the Brussels-Capital Region AND one company whose involved R&D activities are based in the Brussels-Capital Region

  • The project may thus involve the participation of more than one research organization and more than one company. However, the balance of efforts (men-months) between academia and industry must respect a 1/3 – 2/3 balance

  • Neither type of partner (research organizations/companies) can take on more than 2/3 of the total effort invested in the project

  • Companies must be in an healthy financial situation as defined by the EU legislation (p19, §18)

  • Companies must demonstrate their ability to finance their share in the project

  • Companies must have fulfilled their obligations in the context of previous support initiatives allocated by the Region

  • Projects must fall within the scope of the defined call topic

  • Expected outcomes of the project must have a favorable impact for the partners in the Brussels Region (jobs, expertise, growth etc…)

The project call is open since 4th April 2018.  The expression of interest form has to be submitted before 22nd June at 2pm.

Two paper copies of the expression of interest form have to be sent by post to:

to the attention of Jonathan Duplicy 
Chaussée de Charleroisesteenweg 110
1060 Brussels

One electronic copy (Word) has to be sent to and

Optional: If you apply for a Connect grant, the form has to be joined to the above expressions of interest forms. 


Type of financial intervention

Financial aid may be allocated as a grant. It covers a period between one and three years. 

Micro enterprise/Small enterprise


Medium enterprise


Large enterprise


Research organisations


Since writing a solid full proposal is time and resource consuming and may constitute a barrier to entry, Innoviris is making available a Connect subsidy to cover part of the associated costs. This subsidy amounts to a maximum of 7500 Euros per partner (with a limit of 25.000 Euros per consortium). We encourage companies to dedicate part of this subsidy to investigate the IP aspects of the collaboration. Only consortia submitting a full proposal will receive the subsidy. Interested partners will fill in the Connect application form in annex of this document.


Evaluation criteria

  • Innovative character of the project 

  • Excellence of the research program, contributions beyond state-of-the-art

  • Quality of the execution plan (workprogram, methodology, expertise of the teams, planning)

  • Level of technological transfer from academia to industry and synergies between the partners

  • Valorization of the project outcomes from a business perspective 

  • In the case of a tie between projects, priority will be given to projects contributing to addressing the societal challenges of the Brussels Region (e.g. mobility or unemployment)


Innoviris contact person


Jonathan Duplicy

Scientific Advisor

Industrial Research and Innovation Team

Tel. +32 2 600 50 52