Access to proof of concept funding

We have access to funding bodies like IWT (Flanders), FWO and the Federal Public Service Health Food Chain Safety and Environment (Belgium), Horizon2020 (EU).

Next to that Ghent University offers its researchers and their partners funding for exclusive use at crucial stages of the development track of innovation-oriented projects.

Depending on the stage of maturation four types of projects can be applied for.


These projects can thus be used to mature research results and novel technologies towards transfer to industrial partners or to create new start up companies:

  • Generate proof of concept data during the priority year of a patent application to support the claims
  • Generate additional data to validate a target or a technology and fill the gaps identified by an industrial partner interested in licensing
  • Evaluate industrial proof of concept and/or the market potential of a new technology in preparation of or as the first step of an academic-industrial partnership