Project funding

wuivende groepVLIR-UOS primarily supports partnerships between universities and university colleges. VLIR-UOS also builds bridges between higher education on the one hand and governments, NGOs and businesses in Flanders and the South on the other. That's because we cannot have an impact on society unless we cover the entire chain from knowledge to application.


Capacity building and scientific research constitute the main activity in most projects. Other activities include education renewal and improvement, policy support, service provision, organisation of trainings and conferences, university policy and management training, student exchanges, language instruction and quality care in higher education.

Overview of intervention types

Since January 2017, the VLIR-UOS portfolio was restructured in the framework of the new multiannual agreement with the Belgian Minister for development cooperation whereby interventions are financed within country programmes. Therefore we can best describe the intervention types when considering the differences between interventions in the South portfolio (consisting of country programmes and included interventions) and the Belgium portfolio (synonymous to the country programme Belgium, consisting of the interventions financed at level of the Belgian higher education institutions). For more information, we invite you to take a look at the overview of intervention types.

Calls for applications

VLIR-UOS regularly launches calls for project proposals, scholarship proposals and academic expertise. These calls may be open to all partner countries or to one specific country. Take a look at the overview of VLIR-UOS calls and external calls.

From idea to reality

Once VLIR-UOS has received the project proposals, a committee of experts makes a selection based on peer review by experts from Belgium and further afield. Both academic quality and development relevance are evaluated. Read more about the course of idea to reality of a project.