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Short Initiatives (SI)

Small-scale projects with a limited budget

Open call

Once a year

Target group

Flemish academics and researchers, in cooperation with colleagues from universities/university colleges or research institutions in one of the partner countries


A maximum of 2 years


Max EUR 70 000 per project

Need more information?

Contact the ICOS at the Flemish institution of your choice.

What is an SI?

South Initiatives (SI) are short-term projects with a limited budget, initiated by academics/lecturers at a university, university college or a (national) non-profit research institute in a developing country in collaboration with academics/ lecturers in Flanders. Other civil society actors in the South can be involved as well, but only as a supporting partner and not as an applicant or a formal co-promoter. We distinguish 'seed funding' for new partnerships and 'harvest funding' to enhance the impact of earlier projects.

SI can also be particularly interesting for young academics to get acquainted with higher education cooperation for development.

What is the goal?

South Initiative projects potentially aim at:

  1. improving research and/or, 
  2. improving educational practices in a partner institution(s) in the South and/or,
  3. generating and exchanging (guaranteeing the uptake of) knowledge through research,

in order to contribute to the fight against poverty in the concerned region/country and in the end, to generate  development change (impact) (mostly after the intervention).

What is the application procedure?

Each year, we launch a call for SI 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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