Our European research covers our research projects with industrial and research partners on a European level. This includes the European Commission’s Framework Programmes, as well as the Eureka clusters.
IBCN is active in the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, FP7. There are Collaborative projects, by consortia with participants from several European countries, aiming at developing new knowledge, new technology, products, demonstration activities. Projects can range from small or medium-scale focused research actions (so-called STREPs) to large-scale integrating projects (IPs). Networks of Excellences (NoEs) are specifically meant for research organizations. The Coordination and support actions (CSAs) are aimed at coordinating or supporting research activities and policies. More info can be found at Understand FP7.
IBCN participates in the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), supporting innovation activities (including eco-innovation), targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). CIP encourages a better take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and helps to develop the information society. It also promotes the increased use of renewable energies and energy efficiency. CIP runs till 2013.
On the other hand IBCN participates in European research via Eureka clusters, which are long-term, strategically significant public-private partnerships under the Eureka umbrella. One such cluster is ITEA2, the follow-up of ITEA - Information Technology for European Advancement. ITEA2 is a strategic pan-European programme for advanced pre-competitive R&D in software for Software-intensive Systems and Services. Another cluster IBCN is active in is CELTIC, Telecommunication Solutions for European Leadership in Telecommunications.
IBCN’s national industrial research projects cover our research and development work with industrial partners on a national level. This includes IBBT ICON projects, and IWT Research & Development projects. IBCN also does contract research directly with industrial partners.
The iMinds ICON projects are interdisciplinary collaborative projects between iMinds research groups and external partners such as companies, governments, non-profit organizations etc.
Then there are the IWT R&D projects. In order to stimulate innovation in Flanders, IWT - the Agency for Innovation by Science and technology - finances research and development (R&D) by and for Flemish companies, that can partner with university research groups to carry out part of the research. IWT also has specific support measures for projects with SMEs.
IBCN’s national fundamental research projects cover our longer-term research. This includes FWO research, IWT SBO, iMinds ISBO, and UGent BOF projects. The Flemish government also supports fundamental research.
FWO research projects aim to advance fundamental scientific research with a consortium of research teams. The funds can be used to hire extra scientists and technicians, or for equipment and operating costs associated with the execution of the research project.
The iMinds ISBO (Interdisciplinary Strategic Basic Research) projects look at long term preparatory research towards ICON projects.
The IWT SBO (Strategic Basic Research) projects want to contribute to new ideas and concepts for the next-generation of products, processes and services, by bringing together research organizations for fundamental research with economical or societal added-value.
The UGent BOF (Special Research Fund) projects are projects funded by Ghent University for fundamental scientific research.