The overall goal of the KEY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES (KDT) partnership is to bolster Europe's potential for innovation, stimulate its competitiveness and ensure its technological sovereignty in the field of electronics (electronic components and systems, including micro-systems, software technologies, sub-assemblies and systems that offer safe and reliable technologies for strategic value chains).
It aligns R&I policies between the participating member states in order to achieve the critical mass needed to achieve European sovereignty through the tripartite participation of the participating member states (member states, associate members), the EU and industries.
In addition to submitting the project to the KEY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES programme, applicants must submit an application for funding with FPS Research via the ONTIME portal, under penalty of being deemed ineligible. This application must be written in French and submitted via the ONTIME portal when the KEY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES call closes.
Eligible partners include:
- Approved research centres
- University research departments
- College research departments and associated research centres.
The budget reserved by FPS Research amounts to €375,000 per call.
There is at least one call per year.
An international jury assesses the complete proposal.
The aid is granted in the form of a subsidy with a financing rate ranging from 40% to 100% of the budget of each partner in Wallonia, depending on the type of partner and the qualification of the research.
The grants are intended to cover all of the costs related to conducting the research. They cover:
• staffing costs for researchers, technicians, administrators and managers;
• operating costs;
• general costs;
• cost of equipment used;
• subcontracting costs.
The agreement will last for a maximum of four years,
The submission procedure follows the schedule established by the programme secretariat.
The completed proposals are assessed by an international jury (FPS will have previously verified the eligibility of the proposal).
The Walloon consortium must include at least one company with its registered office in Wallonia.
How can I contact the department who made the decision?
You may contact the administrative department that made the decision at any time, independently of the appeal procedures outlined below, notably to:
- obtain additional explanations concerning the decision;
- complete your initial application with elements that are not known by the administration;
- communicate the reasons behind your dispute.
You must contact the following department:
PSW Economy, Employment and Research
Technological Research and Development Department
Place de la Wallonie, 1 (Building III), 5100 NAMUR (JAMBES)
Phone no.: +32 (0)81 33 45 32
This free process is not subject to any specific formalities and does not suspend the periods for filing an appeal. The absence of a response from the administration does not constitute acceptance of your request.
How to file an appeal
Unless the dispute can be viewed as relating to a subjective right – in which case only courts of law and legal tribunals have jurisdiction – an appeal may be submitted to the State Council, in accordance with the procedures outlined below.
Request for cancellation
Cancellation of the decision may be requested by filing a request with the State Council, either:
- electronically to https://eproadmin.raadvst-consetat.be ;
- via a signed and dated registered letter to
Section du Contentieux administratif
Rue de la Science, 33
You must submit your request within 60 calendar days from the date of notification for the disputed decision.
In your request, you must indicate the ‘reasons’ for your appeal, that is, the legal rights that have been infringed by the decision and the way in which they have been infringed.
Request for suspension
Sending a cancellation request does not suspend the effects of the decision.
If an emergency arises which is incompatible with the processing of the case, and if a serious argument is manifestly likely to lead to the cancellation, you may file a request to suspend the decision with the State Council.
The request for suspension may be submitted before, at the same time as, or after sending the request for cancellation.
In exceptional cases, and under specific conditions, you may also request the suspension of the decision in cases of extreme emergency.
Requests for cancellation and suspension requests are only valid if they contain certain annexes and information. Reference is made to the coordinated laws and decrees mentioned below, which are available at http://www.raadvst-consetat.be (‘Procedure’ section).
Each requesting party must pay a fee of €200 (amount as of 9 January 2017), using a transfer form that will be sent to the party after the appeal is received. Payment is not currently subject to any deadline and the payment of the sum may be made at any time before the closure of the dispute.
Find out more: laws on the State Council, coordinated on 12 January 1973, Regent Decree of 23 August 1948 determining the procedure before the administrative disputes department of the State Council, Royal Decree of 5 December 1991 determining interlocutory proceedings before the State Council, which are available at http://www.raadvst-consetat.be (“procedure” section).