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Policy Supporting Research

Policy supporting research (PSR) delivers research output on specific themes of interest to Belgian development cooperation on demand of the Belgian government.

Target group

Researchers and research consortia

What is Policy Supporting Research?

Policy supporting research (PSR) delivers research output on specific themes of interest to Belgian development cooperation on demand of the Belgian government. The goal is to improve the relevance and performance of Belgian development cooperation policy with regard to the international framework of sustainable and inclusive development. PSR is set up to meet the needs of the Belgian development cooperation administration, DGD. The aim is to deepen the knowledge on themes that are of prime importance for the Belgian development cooperation, linked to building knowledge and capacity of DGD.

Two types of policy supporting research are considered from 2019 to 2021: long-term PSR and short-term PSR. Long-term PSR allows to delve deeper into a subject. The term is one year, renewable twice after an assessment of the products and the continued needs. Short-term PSR serves to mobilize universities to give punctual support in the short term (3 months).  

VLIR-UOS organises PSR together with ARES, so all Belgian universities are considered.

What are the outputs?

Possible outputs of policy supporting research are detailed advice, practical guidelines, complete training modules, scientific advisory services, background notes, comments and recommendations, presentations, short-term studies, expertise that is accessible to DGD, courses and workshops...

Which themes are covered?

In 2020, long-term support will be delivered for four different themes of interest to Belgian development cooperation:

  • Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a compass
  • Support to the gender policy
  • Private Sector Development
  • Climate Security
     

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