BELSPO and IAP

BELSPO and IAP

The “Interuniversity Attraction Poles” (IAP) Programme aims to provide support for teams of excellence in basic research that belong to Belgium’s various (linguistic) Communities. These teams work 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) has been the major type of support provided by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) for the last 25 years. Proposals for IAP are submitted every five years by networks formed by several research teams from various Belgian universities across all disciplines; they aim to foster interuniversity and interdisciplinary collaboration at both national and international levels.

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