The government of Flanders is investing EUR 120 million to strengthen Flanders as an innovative region, with 23 projects in health, sustainability and digitalization
When it comes to research and science, Flanders – Belgium’s northern region – is among the world's finest. From microelectronics and biotech to pharmaceuticals, Flanders is ranked as one of the innovation leaders in Europe. To maintain this strong position, the government of Flanders is investing EUR 120 million in new research infrastructure, including new laboratories, research centers, test environments and study equipment. The new infrastructure will be available to businesses looking to expand or start their activities.
The new research infrastructure will be spread all over Flanders and cover various sectors such as construction, chemicals, life sciences and health, agribusiness, bio-economy and the manufacturing industry. The city of Antwerp, for instance, will acquire two new research centers, including the anti-infection unit ‘Vaccinopolis’, where candidate vaccines and anti-pandemic projects will be tested. The second center, called BlueApp, will act as an open innovation hub that brings industry and academics together to strengthen Flanders’ sustainable chemical industry.
With the investment, Flanders is once again showing its ambition to maintain its leading role in the fields of innovation, research and development. An innovative region attracts new talents and companies and knows how to market its innovations internationally, which in turn creates more employment. The government is adamant that every citizen will reap the benefits, pointing out that by investing in R&D, sustainable and climate-focused solutions as well as other relevant innovations are created for society as a whole.
We don't realize enough how many groundbreaking innovations emerge and research happens in Flanders. It’s fair to say that we are world class. Leading companies like Johnson & Johnson, CNH Industrial and Nokia call Flanders home.
Flanders’ Minister for Economy, Innovation, Work, Social economy and Agriculture
The investment entails 23 projects coordinated by Flanders’ universities, strategic research centers (Flanders Make, imec, VIB and VITO), the Institute of Tropical Medicine and other organizations. All partners and projects have been strategically chosen within the government’s general policy line, focusing on major social and economic challenges in the field of sustainability, digitalization and health.
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