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Development project

How to apply for the Development Project subsidy

Each enterprise must submit an application, which Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship will subsequently assess on eligibility. 

Each enterprise must submit an application document consisting of different components. This document can be submitted at any time and will be individually dealt with. Normally, the assessment will happen within the legal 18 weeks term, but this depends on factors such as the number of applications dealt with at the time of submission. There is, however, one thing you can do to speed up the process: prepare your application in such a way that it is clear and answers all the questions asked.

You can assume that your application will be read by someone with basic knowledge of your industry.

If necessary, the information you provide can be relayed to third-party experts. If you wish to submit detailed information that should not be relayed to third-party experts, please upload a separate file along with your digital submission.

If you would like to apply for the Development Project subsidy, you must fill in some templates and provide VLAIO with some specific financial information. Each business partner must provide this information.

The two templates that must be filled in are the template concerning the project description of the development project and the template concerning the budget. More information about determining the budget can be found in the guide to the cost model.

If you have gathered all this information and filled in the templates, you can submit your application. This must happen electronically; step-by-step instructions can be found at the bottom of this page. In order to secure the personal data to a maximum extent, you must register by means of a federal token or an electronic identity card.  

After correct submission of your application, you will receive a confirmation. If not, assume that your application has not been submitted and contact us if necessary.

After you have submitted your application, the following three steps will be taken in chronological order:

  • Step 1: VLAIO will assess your application on eligibility. No news is good news. VLAIO will contact you within two weeks (depending on the number of current applications) to schedule a meeting between you and a VLAIO project advisor. An expert might possibly also join this conversation.
  • Step 2: During your meeting with the VLAIO project advisor, you will discuss the information submitted in your application in greater detail. You may also be asked to answer more specific questions, e.g. about your business case, your revenue/ expenses, the implementation of the project or your approach. Some possible questions can be found under ‘Requirements’.
  • Step 3: If VLAIO has all the information it needs, a decision is made on whether or not to (partly) approve your application (possibly, some extra conditions will be set). After a decision has been made, you will be notified in writing with a substantive justification. In the event of a positive decision, the contract is established.



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