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Joint (Inter)national Academic Networking (JOINT)

An academic exchange and networking opportunity in a broad national or international setting

Open call

Once a year

Target group

Flemish universities and partner universities abroad


A maximum of 3 years


Max EUR 135 000 per project

Need more information?

Contact the ICOS at the Flemish institution of your choice.

What is JOINT?

JOINT stands for Joint (Inter)national Academic Networking. This kind of project is initiated at departmental level, but provides networking opportunities at a national and/or international level as well, so that ideas and concepts for development change can be cross-fertilised. Projects are often of a different, less scientific nature and focus primarily on the exchange of joint ideas, the creation of (inter)national alliances or tools or focus on domains of transversal expertise/support that are important to all academic projects in a given country or regional setting. The projects might also focus on university policy and management themes and are often multi-actor projects which start from synergies between our different interventions and actors. JOINT projects can also involve third parties.

What is the goal?

JOINT fits the ‘Theory of Change’ (ToC) of departmental projects, but puts more emphasis on harvesting opportunities and involves multiple projects (‘multi-actor’).

How does it work?

This type of projects includes former North-South-South exchange projects initiated through IUC programmes, but also cross-cutting projects in transversal domains such as ICT, libraries, statistics, quality assurance, academic English, educational platforms and developments, university management, etc.

It could also provide possibilities to activate the role of university cooperation for development in transversal themes of the Belgian development cooperation (environment, gender, Digital for Development (D4D)). JOINT projects need to be aligned with the Joint Strategic Framework of the specific country(ies).

What is the application procedure?

We launch a call for JOINT project proposals, which are assessed by an independent commission of experts based on six criteria: scientific quality, relevance, impact, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.

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