IUC programme cycle


The table provides a summary overview of the latest IUC programme cycle. Take into account that some current IUC partnerships are following a slightly different time table with partner programme phases of six instead of five years.



Programming and identification

The Institutional University Cooperation programme follows the Project Cycle Management approach (PCM) from the onset, for the selection of new IUC partner universities, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of existing programmes. 



Activities: Policy framework definition; Broad outline for Country Strategy and Intervention level/opportunity for IUC by VLIR-UOS
Outputs: Typology of fundable projects at generic level, conditions for acceptance


Country Strategy Identification

Activities: Country identification Missions organised by VLIR-UOS; Gathering of country data and interest of collaboration (=> Ex ante evaluation)
Outputs: Identification of institutional potential in the context of country strategy identification  


Programme Identification

Activities: Elaboration of programme/project idea by the partner university and analysis whether the idea is fundable and matching is feasible

Outputs: Preliminary proposals submitted to VLIR-UOS


Phase In - Pre Partner Programme

During the preparatory phase teams from the partner country and from Flanders meet each other in a programme formulation mission and a pre-partner programme agreement (PPP) is entered.


The Phase In is marked by the following successive steps:


Appraisal and Matchmaking

Activities: South proposals are shared with interested Flemish academics and a matching process takes place leading to an identification of the Flemish teams (programme coordination and project leadership). Training takes place of all actors involved in the process.

Outputs:  Identification of the teams (Flemish programme coordinator and project leaders are appointed)


Pre-partner agreement and formulation of a partner programme

Activities:1) establishment of a programme support structure;

2) organisation of the formulation activities (formulation mission) ofthe programme and included projects;

3) producing a final partner programme document for Phase 1 


Funding decision and final preparatory activities

Activities:1) Analysis of the proposals and (if up to quality standards)communication regarding suggested remediation/improvements;

 2) Approval of a Phase I Partner Programme by VLIR-UOS and theBelgian Minister of Development Cooperation

Outputs:1) Follow-up actions on suggested remediation efforts; 2) Funded programme


Phase I and II Partner Programme

Once funding is approved, a Phase I Partner Programme starts with focus on capacity building and upgrading of the research environment. Afterwards, a Phase II focuses on consolidation and valorisation. 


Phase Out

Following the earmarked funding during 2 multi-annual phases, the partnership is expected to have matured to a level at which the academic partners would be expected to be able to access other funding. As such a Phase Out is foreseen which focuses on the preparation of a range of VLIR-UOS initiatives that are meant to provide for a ‘soft landing’ of the partnership.


In order to facilitate the termination of the partner programme agreements, limited support is provided to terminate the reporting cycle (financial, content) and in order that delayed scholars can graduate. Ultimately, the end of this phase is marked by the organization of a closing event during which the results of the final evaluation are discussed and the equipment is officially handed over. You can find an overview of the IUC programme evaluation reports.