Several types of subsidies exist for companies investing in innovative technologies. The most important regional subsidies are the following :
- For Flanders: IWT (www.iwt.be)
- For Wallonia: Portail de la Recherche et des Technologies en Wallonie (http://clusters.wallonie.be – http://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be)
- For the Brussels-Capital Region: Innoviris (www.innoviris.be and www.innovativebrussels.irisnet.be)
For Flanders, Innovatie Centrum (http://innovatiecentrum.be) proposes advice and support to obtain financing. Agentschap ondernemen (www.agentschapondernemen.be) also provides advice and support to companies seeking loan financing (eg.
STARTEO, PMV Mezzanine).
The Walloon Region has a cluster policy, and subsidies may be obtained if the research project falls within the scope of a so-called competitiveness cluster (http://clusters.wallonie.be/federateur-en/walloon-competitiveness-clusters.html?IDC=349).
For research projects that fall outside these clusters, subsidies can be applied for directly with the Walloon Region.
At the European level, the new EU research and innovation program applicable over the next seven years (2014 to 2020) is called Horizon 2020. More information, including about participation requirements, can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html. Horizon 2020 supports in particular SMEs (eg, the SME instrument and the EUREKA/Eurostars Joint Programme).