Anticipate - Prospective research

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Anticipate - Prospective research

Prospective Research



Through its Anticipate programme, Innoviris is financing 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 Anticipate themes of 2018, are: 

Artificial Intelligence, digitization and automation of society

  • How can the development of traditional industry and radical innovations in the digital industry be combined? How are these developments threatening to change the concept of employment and the job market in the region? And will these changes take place within the current legislation and legal context?

  • Will this development change the balance between efficiency and productivity, on the one hand, and well-being at home and at work, on the other? To what extent can these technologies change social relations, the way we are in social relations, or even our moral, ethical or spiritual beliefs?

  • To what extent do intelligent internet algorithms influence balanced awareness-raising activities among citizens in the Region, and what outcomes do they have?

The compact green city.

Which creative and innovative ideas allow the city to be built in such way that it is compact but at the same time leaves space for nature (in the broad sense: biodiversity, green space, sustainability ...)?

  • In what way can attractive, innovative alternatives avoid a dense, inhumane, unsustainable urban development?

  • How can the regeneration of old city infrastructure offer solutions to the increasing urbanization, the increasingly scarce (green) space and the reduced biodiversity? In what way can the densification be part of the answer to ecological problems?

  • How can sustainable management and use of available nature be used to tackle the ecological and social challenges of densification?

Making the invisible visible.

  • How can we make invisible or insufficiently visible population groups in Brussels, and in particular the most vulnerable groups, more visible for policy purposes?

  • Which innovative methodologies (for Brussels) can be used to guarantee reliable data on these populations and improving the well-being of Brussels residents?

  • Which concrete data collection solutions can strengthen informed policy making in the future?

  • Which methods and statistical procedures can be used to estimate the extent of hidden population groups and/or improve an understanding of their living conditions?


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 

For further information about the eligibility conditions for Anticipate, please consult the Rules (available in French and in Dutch)


 Applications will now be selected in 2 stages:

An expression of interest must be submitted to Innoviris using this form by December 15, 2017, 12.00 pm at the latest. 

Following the evaluation procedure by Innoviris, only those who presented the expressions of interest selected will be able to submit their final proposal using a form available on our website. This must be submitted by April 25 2018, 12.00 pm at the latest.

The application form for full proposals is available in the toolbox in the left corner of this page. 

Further information is available on the French or Dutch version of the Anticipate page.

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