ICON Research Project


This project type is initiated to stimulate collaboration between research institutes and several companies. The common goal is approached from different angles to create a synergy between the research and the company community and create an eco-system with added value. The research institutes focus on a clear build-up of knowledge with a high risk for applications with a broader horizon. Companies participate actively and guide the research in the right direction towards a demand-driven research project. This type of project is exclusively available via the clusters.


The call is open to consortia of: 

  • Minimum 3 commercial market players with (future) activities in the Flemish region 
  • Minimum 1 Flemish research institute: Strategic research centers like VITO, IMEC, Flanders Make, VIB… require at least one extra university.

In addition the cluster requires that:

  • All official partners in a feasibility study are paying members of the Flemish Energy Cluster. 
    • Membership is possible at two different levels of engagement. For more info contact info@flux50.com
  • One of the partners (preferably the coordinator) is a Flux50 member at valorisation level.
  • Collaboration with one or more research institutes is a requirement for this project type. Research institutes are fully financed by VLAIO.  The level of their budget is coupled to the company budget.
  • The coordinator is not coordinating more than 1 ICON project at a time.


The base subsidy percentage is 50% with a top-up of 10% for small and medium companies.
The budget for the research institutes is linked to the budget of the companies with a ratio smaller or equal to 40/60. The total subsidy for the companies may not exceed € 3 000 000. The minimal amount of subsidy requested should be larger than € 100 000.

  • Submission email address: icon@flux50.com
  • Documents: submission ICON, preregistration ICON, cost model, criteria ICON


On the VLAIO website more information can be found on the proposal and eligible costs. The documents are available at the bottom of the page. Please use the Flux50 templates for your proposal.

Call Pre-registration deadline Registration deadline
31/08/2019 30/09/2019
31/12/2019 31/01/2020