Anticipate - Prospective research

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Anticipate - Prospective research

Prospective Research



Through its Anticipate programme, Innoviris funds 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 topics of 2019 are: 

  • Tourism and liveability in the city

    The tourism industry plays a crucial part in generating economic growth and employment in the city. At the same time, more and more European cities are struggling to cope with the growing tourism.

    How should the tourism of tomorrow look like in Brussels and how should it develop?  What opportunities does it offer and how can that growth contribute to the Brussels economy? What are the limits to growth? Is this type of exponential growth sustainable and desirable in the long run for Brussels? At whose expense does the growth come? What answers can be found to resolve the tensions between local and global interests?  

    Projects can opt for a macro approach or start from a very specific problem of a specific target group.

    You can find more information about this topic in this information sheet. 

  • Governance of the Future

    The political world and public services are under increasing pressure, partly because citizens increasingly reject traditional political actors but also because society is constantly changing. Whether it is by opting for more digitalisation, by giving citizens the possibility to make decisions or by adopting a more integrated approach, public and political governance will have to evolve in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow. 

    In this call, several specific issues can be addressed, but ultimately, a (part of the) answer has to be given to the following question: how do you organise governance and authorities that are citizen-centred, cooperative, network-based, ethical and, if possible, supported  by innovative technological solutions, so that they can respond to the challenges of a sustainable and just society for tomorrow? 

    You can find more information about this topic in this information sheet. 


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 

  • the project has at least an indirect link with the regional competences

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


 Applications will be selected in 2 stages:

  • A project outline must be submitted to Innoviris by noon on February 15, 2019 at the latest using a form soon available on our website. Consult the guide for applicants in advance.

  • Innoviris is responsible for the evaluation of the project outlines. Only projects with a positively evaluated project outline, can submit a full proposal using a form that will be available on our website during this second stage. The full proposal must be submitted by noon on June 7, 2019 at the latest.

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:

  • 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 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