An application for an ITP can involve both a Flemish and a local promoter, but it is the Flemish promoter who submits the application.
When submitting a project proposal, a promoter must meet both the internal criteria and regulations regarding the project promotership of their institution and the minimum conditions set by VLIR-UOS.
Specific details of the eligibility criteria and internal regulations regarding the project promotership of the respective Flemish universities have recently been under discussion. On 10 February 2023, the Bureau UOS took the following final decision regarding the calls SI 2023, ITP 2023, and PSP FYP2.
Affiliation and statute of promoters
For the Flemish universities
The minimum conditions set by VLIR-UOS for a lead promoter from a Flemish university to submit a proposal are the following:
- one must be able to be an account holder within one's own institution;
- one must have a ZAP status at the time of submission, with a minimum appointment level of 10%;
- o postdocs can also submit, depending on the Flemish institution’s internal criteria and on condition that a ZAP member with at least 50% appointment of the institution with whom the contract will be signed is included in the project team as co-promoter;
- ATP (2) members can also submit, depending on the nature of the project and provided they can be account holder within their own institution, without a ZAP member with minimum 50% appointment as co-promoter being part of the project team.
(1) ZAP: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel (Independent Academic Personnel)
(2) ATP: Administratief en technisch personeel (Administrative and Technical Personnel)
For the Flemish universities of applied sciences and arts
- The applicant must be a professor/lecturer
For the Flemish universities of applied sciences and arts, most professors/lecturers might not have the permission to be budget holder. Another person, e.g. the director, can be assigned as budget holder for the project.
Only 1 project proposal per Flemish lead promoter can be submitted. Promoters of an ITP 2022 project cannot submit an ITP 2023 project.
The lead promoter will be invited to confirm, when submitting the proposal in the VLIR-UOS tool, to meet both the internal and VLIR-UOS eligibility criteria and regulations.
This framework is considered a pilot project for the 2023 calls. There will be an evaluation of the impact of these new eligibility criteria on the number of proposals and their distribution.
- The applicant must be employed at a recognised higher education institution or national public (not-for-profit) research institute located in a VLIR-UOS project partner country.
- Only 1 project proposal per applicant (Flemish/partner) can be submitted.
- Promoters of an ITP 2022 project cannot submit any new ITP project.
- Promoters of an ITP 2022 project proposal that was not selected, can resubmit their proposal, however, on the condition that follow-up was given to the assessment of the commission.
- At the level of the partner institutions, no further criteria apply. Former and present IUC partner institutions are fully eligible, without any restriction.