The Directorate General Operational for Economy, Employment, Training and Research of the Walloon Public Service (WPS) prepares and implements the R & D policies and programmes of the Walloon Region, and is co-financed by the European Union. It proceeds by calls to proposals.
Through the mobilizing programmes, the Region pursues two objectives:
These mobilizing programmes target three main research areas:
These programmes are implemented on the basis of calls for proposals.
These programmes support projects with an industrial application, i.e. likely to lead to the exploitation of results in existing companies or to create and emphasise interdisciplinary collaboration between research teams.
The creation of Poles of competitiveness, which unite all the private and public actors involved in a specific sector, is one of the measures included in the Marshall plan which was launched at the end of 2005 by the Walloon Government. A budget has been allocated to finance research programmes carried out jointly by research centers (which include universities) and companies.
The five Poles of competitiveness are:
Biowin: Life scienceswww.biowin.beWagralim: Agricultural processing industrieswww.wagralim.beSkywin: Aeronautics and Spacewww.skywin.beMecatech: Mechanical engineeringwww.mecatech.beLogistics in Wallonia: Logistics in Wallonia: Logisticswww.logisticsinwallonia.be
More information: http://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be/frhttp://www.polesdecompetitivite.eu