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Call Short Initiatives (SI) 2022




Maximum duration of 2 years



Short Initiatives (SI) projects are short-term projects that aim to explore, build and deepen academic/scientific collaborations among diverse teams of academics and researchers. They are very accessible, particularly for junior project promoters that are eager to go for a first experience as promoter of a VLIR-UOS project.

Like TEAM projects Short Initiatives focus on a specific sustainable development challenge, but within a shorter time framework and budget. But the objective is the same: strengthen research and educational capacities of higher education and science institutions in partner countries and 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 Short Initiatives (SI) click here.

How does it work?

  • A Short Initiative (SI) is expected to produce short-term results within the 2-year project duration.
  • SI projects are very accessible, in particular for new/young project promoters who have been sensitised through the Global Minds framework, or through cooperation in ongoing projects, and/or who are eager to gain a first experience as promoter of a VLIR-UOS project?
  • SI projects allow for differentiated objectives (exploration, innovation, valorisation, etc.) and approaches (education, research, policy, outreach, people, networking)
  • SI projects can create partnerships that vary in size and composition: one or more Flemish higher education institutions and one or more local higher education and science institutions and/or other actors; one or more disciplines; young/new and/or more experienced academics, ...

Who can apply?

An application for SI 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 SI projects:  

Budget and financial guidelines

  • Project budgets amount to a maximum of 70.000 EUR for two years.

  • Overall budget for the SI 2022 Call amounts to 2.030.000 EUR (approx. 29 projects).

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)

How to submit a proposal?


The Flemish promoter of the proposed SI project submits the application to the ICOS of the Flemish university (association) for quality control. The ICOS will validate and submit to VLIR-UOS.


Project applications are submitted online.

*Please note that, although you will be granted access to the VLIR-UOS online tool, the format for filling out a project proposal will not be made available until February 2022. In the meantime, you can use the Word and Excel formats which will be made available from early December.

How does the assessment procedure work?

  • All project proposals will be assessed and selected based on four standard selection criteria: (1) relevance and coherence of the project; (2) quality of the project design; (3) implementation set-up of the project; (4) potential impact and sustainability.
  • Project proposals are assessed by Regional Selection Commissions (Africa, Asia, Latin America) in May 2022.
  • The selection decision will be communicated shortly after the ratification of the decision by the Bureau UOS, ultimately in June 2022.




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Short Initiatives are easy entry projects, ideal for young academics, lecturers and specialists looking for a first experience as project promoter, exploring innovative project ideas with counterparts in a partner country in the global South.

Peter De Lannoy

Programmes Coordinator VLIR-UOS