BELSPO and IAP

BELSPO and IAP

The “Interuniversity Attraction Poles” (IAP) Programme aimed to provide support for teams of excellence in basic research that belong to Belgium’s various (linguistic) Communities. These teams worked as part of a network in order to increase their joint contribution to general scientific advances and, where applicable, to international scientific networks.

Funding "Interuniversity Attraction Poles" (IAP) was the major type of support provided by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) for some 30 years. Proposals for IAP were submitted every five years by networks formed by several research teams from various Belgian universities across all disciplines; they aimed to foster interuniversity and interdisciplinary collaboration at both national and international levels.

IAP phase-VII (2012-2017) contained 47 networks implicating 369 research teams (257 Belgian teams and 112 International partners) and spun a wide variety of research fields in the life sciences, exact and applied sciences and the human sciences.