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Call TEAM projects 2022 - Stage 1 Concept notes




Maximum duration of 5 years



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)

Who 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

  •  Project budgets amount to a maximum of 280.000 EUR for five years.

  •  Overall budget for the TEAM 2022 Call amounts to 10.920.000 EUR (approx. 39 projects).

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)

How to submit a proposal?


The Flemish promoter of the proposed TEAM 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) by mid-March 2022 for stage 1 and in the first week of July 2022 (approx) for stage 2.
  • The selection decisions for the two stages will be communicated shortly after their ratification by the Bureau UOS.

Two-stage procedure

TEAM project submission in two stages

  • Concept note: focus on a narrative description of the sustainable development challenges the projects wishes to address, project objectives and scientific approach (research and pedagogical methods, type of multidisciplinary and community-based approach, vision on uptake and valorisation). No operational/budget details.

  • Final proposal: fully developed Theory of Change, intermediate changes and activities, risk and 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.


  • Concept note: 18 February 2022

  • Final proposal: 2 June 2022




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Intro to the SI-TEAM 2022 formats

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Short intro to our new selection criteria

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Karen Vancampenhout

Teamleader ENSET, KU Leuven