Wallonia offers a services of aids for R&D which aim to help companies reinforce their innovation potential, acquire external knowledge for a project's implementation, conduct a research project, carry out a development project, create a spin-out from technologies mastered by the company but not exploited, protect innovation or even prepare a European intervention application or acquire the Eureka label.

Research & Develop in Wallonia

Regional and federal measures

On a federal level, a series of tax cuts have been set up, such as tax exemption for the revenue of companies, the partial exemption of the payment of withholding tax on professional income for researchers' salaries, etc.
On a regional level, grants or recoverable advances are available for all industrial research or experimental development projects (including "prototyping"). These aids can cover up to 40 to 70% of admissible expenditure.
Innovative enterprises are also encouraged in their approaches via numerous aids and support measures that allow them to access the resources (financial, human or technological) needed to materialise their objectives.

Facilities at the service of Innovation

Wallonia has facilities dedicated to research activities: 7 science parks gathered together in a network (SPoW) aim to welcome and supervise technological enterprises.
The Biopark Charleroi Brussels South brings together university research institutes, technological platforms, enterprises, research promotion structures and a training centre in the biotechnologies sector.

BioWin, the Wallonia health competitiveness cluster


In order to allow the research world to meet the world of enterprises and build partnerships and alliances, BioWin, the Wallonia health competitiveness cluster, gathers together the main stakeholders (enterprises, research centres and universities) involved in research, development and the production of innovative products and services.

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Senior Life Sciences Specialist

T +32498562215

Ludovic WAHA

Life Sciences Business Developer

T +32478621594

strong innovator 7th strong innovator

2016 innovation scoreboard: Belgium is ranked 7th among the "strong innovators" 

Renowned Wallonia biotech companies 6 Renowned Wallonia biotech companies

6 biotech companies based in Wallonia pinned in the June 2017 issue of Nature Biotechnology

Renowned Belgian universities 4 Renowned Belgian universities

Four Belgian universities in the top 200 of the Times Higher World University Rankings (09/2017)

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