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Only open to the selected Concept Notes

Call TEAM projects 2022 - Stage 2 Fully fledged proposals




Maximum duration of 5 years



Only open to the selected Concept Notes

TEAM projects are medium-term projects that aim to explore, build and deepen academic/scientific collaborations among diverse teams of academics and researchers. TEAM projects focus on a specific sustainable development challenge.  
With TEAM projects, VLIR-UOS aims to strengthen the research and educational capacities of higher education and science institutions in partner countries. In addition, TEAM projects are expected to create the conditions for uptake of new and relevant knowledge, applications and/or services by academic, civil society, private and public actors. 

For conceptual information on our TEAM projects click here.

How does it work?

  • TEAM projects have a maximum duration of 5 years and allow for medium-term capacity building through e.g. PhD research, curriculum development, network building, ...

  • TEAM projects are diverse but due to the longer time framework they tend to have a strong focus on structural research/educational cooperation with local units in partner institutions, often involving training of PhD scholars who take on a role as an agent of change within their home institution.

  • TEAM projects can also pursue improved organisational systems, processes and structures if this is deemed instrumental in tackling the sustainable development challenge on which the project focuses.

  • TEAM projects allow for differentiated objectives (exploration, innovation, valorisation, etc.) and approaches (education, research, policies, outreach, people, networking)

  • Flemish or partner HE&SIs will be involved in a proposal, such as universities, universities of applied sciences and arts, or both. It is also possible to collaborate beyond the academic actors. Regarding TEAM projects, applicants can apply for an extra budget of 20,000 EUR when setting up an interinstitutional project, as an extra incentive.

  • TEAM projects integrate the SDG principles ‘Leave No One Behind’, ‘interconnectedness’ and the concept of ‘multi-stakeholder partnerships’ (cf. synergy & complementarity) and transversal themes of VLIR-UOS (Mainstreaming gender, environmental sustainability, …)

  • TEAM projects elaborate their approach to create the conditions for uptake by external stakeholder of project results (e.g. use of new knowledge created).

Who can apply?

  • Note: this is a 2-stage procedure, meaning only selected TEAM 2022 - Selected concept note proposals can apply.

An application for TEAM projects involves both a Flemish and a local promoter, but it is the Flemish promoter who submits the application.

Affiliation of promoters

  • Flemish promoter: employed as a professor/lecturer/specialist at a Flemish university or university of applied sciences and arts

  • Partner promoter: employed at a recognised higher education institution or a national public (not for profit) research institution located in a VLIR-UOS project partner country 

Additional criteria

  • Applicants (Flemish and local) can have up to two ongoing SI/TEAM projects, which means that they can submit a maximum of two projects (two SI, two TEAM or one SI and one TEAM) if they have no ongoing projects after 1 September 2022.

  • Since almost all VLIR-UOS projects end on 31 August 2022, only the TEAM 2019 projects should be considered ongoing projects. TEAM 2019 promoters can only submit one new SI or TEAM.

  • No further criteria apply at the partner institution level. Former and current IUC partner institutions are fully eligible without any restrictions.

Which partner countries are eligible?

Higher education and science institutions located in one of the 17 project partner countries listed below may apply for TEAM projects:





DR Congo









South Africa




Budget and financial guidelines

  • The maximum budget is 280,000 EUR (except in case the proposals applies for the inter-institutional setting with a complementary budget of 20.000 EUR

  • The total budget for TEAM 2022 can facilitate approximately 39 projects, implying a 50% success rate for proposals that enter this final stage of proposal development

Budget and Financial guidelines for proposal writing

  • The VLIR-UOS financial guidelines for SI and TEAM projects indicate what expenses are allowed in the framework of a project, how budgets are to be made, and how expenses have to be accounted for. A the time of launching this first call within the new FYP 2 the full guidelines are not yet available, but a basic set of guidelines needed for filling out the budget proposal was made available. (link to background document 2).

The applicable budget lines are:

  • A. Investment costs (durable goods with a long life that can be depreciated in the accounts over several years)
  • B. Operational costs (“project-related” costs incurred for the purchase and/or operational use of goods that are not depreciated in the accounts and costs directly related to a specific project activity)
  • C. Personnel costs
  • D. Scholarship costs
  • E.1. Coordination cost in Belgium (5% lump sum from A to D)
  • E.2. Local coordination cost (5% lump sum from A to D)

An important new financial guideline relates to the budgeting rules for the project formulation and the flexibility in roll-over between activity years:

  • At the level of budget flexibility and transfer, roll-over of budget between activity years is possible, however, it is mandatory to spend 50% of your planned budget of Y1 and Y2 at the end of Y2.

  • Spending rate: overall 45% of your overall TEAM budget needs to be spent within the first 3 activity years (mandatory).

How to submit a proposal?


Note: Only selected TEAM Concept note proposals will be able to apply!

An application involves a Flemish and local promoter but it is the Flemish promoter who submits to the ICOS of the Flemish university (association) for quality control. The ICOS will validate and submit to VLIR-UOS.


Project applications are submitted via the online tool for submission of project proposals where you will be able to work further starting from the available info provided in the TEAM concept note. The link will become available in the coming days.

Offline Word and Excel formats are available in order to facilitate the preparation of the proposal.

How does the assessment procedure work?

  • All project proposals will be assessed and selected based on four standard selection criteria: Relevance and coherence of the project; Quality of the project design; Implementation set-up of the project; Potential impact and sustainability.

  • Project proposals are assessed by Regional Selection Commissions (Africa, Asia, Latin America). Stage 2 selections will take place between 1 and 6 July 2022.

  • The selection decision will be communicated shortly after the ratification of the decision by the Bureau UOS (7 July 2022).

Two-stage procedure

TEAM project submission in two stages

  • Stage 1 Concept notes. (Stage concluded)

    Concept note: focus on a narrative description of the developmental problem, the project objectives, and the scientific approach (research and pedagogical methods, type of multidisciplinary and community-based approaches, vision on uptake and valorisation). No operational nor budget details will be required during this first submission.
  • Stage 2 Fully fledged proposals. (Focus of this Call document)

    A fully-fledged proposal builds upon the (selected) concept note and goes much deeper into Theory of Change concept and related project logic (outcome statement, intermediate changes and activities), risks, stakeholder analysis and budgeting.

Peer review system

  • A peer review system applies on TEAM project proposals that are selected for Stage 2. This independent peer review focuses on the scientific/methodological quality and is applied on the selected concept note proposals. The written external peer-review assessments per project will be made available to the applicants during the elaboration stage of the fully-fledged proposals for applicants to take into account the peer review assessments in their final proposal.


  • Fully-fledged proposals: 2 June 2022 - 5 pm (CET)

Ideas for cooperation with Belgian Non-Governmental actors

Here are some ideas for your project proposal!

Following the various ongoing calls for proposals, VLIR-UOS conducted a short survey among Belgian non-governmental actors to collect their ideas for University cooperation for development in synergy/complementarity with their activities. 

The result is a range of potential initiatives that aim to increase the impact of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HE4SD) through synergy and complementarity.

Get inspired by these ideas blending various research questions with transversal themes (gender and protection of the environment)! If you are triggered by a topic, feel free to contact the initiating organisation mentioned. You can find the list of contacts here.

01. - Children's Rights: Develop tools to better accompany street children in Africa - together with Dynamo International

02. - Children's rights: Research on the current state of violence against children in Rwanda - together with Humanity & Inclusion

03. - Climate change: Youth engagement in climate-change action: understanding the profile of youth mobilized for climate justice - together with Plan International

04. - Education: Action-based research among school leaders involved in Professional Learning Communities - together with VVOB

05. - Education: Impact research on teachers’ Knowledge, Attitude & Practice regarding foundational literacy skills - together with VVOB

06. - Education: Qualitative research to further explore blended delivery of Continuous Professional Development - together with VVOB

07. - Education: Research for policy development on social inclusion in schools - together with VIA Don Bosco, Light For The World and Plan International

08. - Education: Research on the impact of the professional development trajectory on instructional school leadership - together with VVOB

09. - Education: strengthen measurement tools and techniques to monitor and evaluate gender-transformative learning outcomes - together with Plan International

10. - Entrepreneurship: Results and impact of various financing models to SMEs - together with Trias

11. - Health: Identify social and behavioral factors that affect human and animal health and its management (controlled surveillance) - together with VSF-B

12. - Health: Research into innovative rehabilitation/revalidation techniques adapted to the rehabilitation needs of the populations of Burundi - together with APEFE

13. - Health: Research on conservation and restoration of forests - together with Vietnam Museum of Nature

14. - Health: Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (One Health perspective), Antibiotic resistance, emerging viral infections - together with ITM

15. - Health: Research on safe blood supply with RKV supported by Centre for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBAP) - together with RKV

16. - Human Rights: research on the situation of the exercise of civic space in Burundi - together with ASF

17. - Industry innovation: Follow up on study on the development of the extractive sector - together with ASF

18. - Natural disasters: Research on natural hazards and associated risks in Central Africa - together with Royal Museum for Central Africa

19. - Resilient Ecosystems: Research on the minimum conditions for water source protection and the effect of tree planting - together with Join for Water

20. - Rural development: Evaluate rural development initiatives and provide insight into their effectiveness - together with WWF

21. - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Research on oxo-biodegradable plastic and alternatives to pack potable water - together with Durabilis

22. - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Research on Stevia as an alternative sweetener in beverages - together with Durabilis

23. - Sustainable Agriculture: An analysis of the dairy value chain in Rwenzori sub-region for farmer economic empowerment and sustainability of the sector - together with VSF-B

24. - Sustainable Agriculture: Design and operationalization of a quality management system for the apiculture sector in Uganda - together with Trias

25. - Sustainable Agriculture: Research on trends and impacts of Highly Hazardous Pesticides and their use in Uganda - together with Broederlijk Delen

26. - Sustainable Agriculture: Transforming Small scale Subsistence Farmers (SSFs) into ecologically responsible growth-oriented entrepreneurs in Tanzania - together with Trias

27. - Sustainable cities: Develop value chains and micro-enterprises of non-timber forest products for the local communities in conservation and protected areas - together with WWF

28. - Sustainable cities: Involvement of diasporas in decentralized cooperation in Belgium and in Morocco - together with Echos

29. - Sustainable cities: Street social work from inclusion to decent work - together with Dynamo International

30. - Urbanisation and gender equality: What are the effects of urbanisation on gender equality? - together with VVSG

Click here to find even more ideas!

Did you miss the information session or do you need details on the call? Check it here.

Did you miss the information session or do you want to check certain details on the call?

Watch the video of the info session here.

You can also find the link to the Q&A and the presentations here.

Info session TEAM FF - Outline Q&A Info session TEAM FF - Formats and guidelines Info session TEAM FF - Financial guidelines Info session TEAM FF - VLIR-UOS Agenda 2030 and FYP2 general




Information session TEAM Fully fledged proposals