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Periodic Report Summary 1 - TTF (Technology Transfer Fellowships)


This fellowships scheme (Technology Transfer Fellowships aka BEWARE Academia Fellowships) aims at offering, over a five-year period, about fifty 18-to-36-months fellowships to highly skilled researchers to perform a research stay in a Walloon R&D university unit.

Eligible researchers are from all nationalities and must have 4 years of research experience or hold a PhD. They must comply with the following mobility rule: having spent less than 12 month out of the last 36 months in Belgium at the time of submission.

Researchers are invited to apply jointly with a promoter (scientist in charge) from one of the following eligible potential hosts and in collaboration with an industrial sponsor (SME or not). A facilitator is able to ensure the best possible matching between the researcher and the potential host:

- Univesité libre de Bruxelles
- Université catholique de Louvain
- Université de Liège
- Université de Mons
- Université de Namur

Eligible research fields are those covered by the so-called "Marshall Plan" and "Marshall Plan 4.0" ( . They reflect the priority areas identified by the Walloon Government:

- transport and logistics
- mechanical engineering
- life sciences
- agro-industry
- aeronautics and space
- environmental technologies

The project runs on a 5 years period, allowing around 8 calls for proposals depending on available budget.


2.1. Recruiting

A recruitment procedure was launched (publication of the announcement on the Wallonia Public Services website and recruitment interviews) to appoint three people to manage the programme. The procedure began in October 2013 and ended in January 2014. 316 applications were received for the three vacancies, with 131 applications for the “assistant” position, 113 applications for the “accountant” position, and 72 applications for the “manager” position. The appointments were made in March 2014.

The following individuals were appointed, in addition of Mr Didier FLAGOTHIER :

- Miss Alexandra LACROIX, for the “assistant” position
- Mr Maxime FRANKEN, for the “accountant” position
- Mr Pierre DEMOITIE, for the “manager” position

Following their appointment, they took over responsibility for the programme from an interim officer.

2.2. Calls

The first BEWARE Academia call for proposals was published on December 2013 on our website ( and also online via the Euraxess portal and the LinkedIn account of the Wallonia Public Services Directorate General for Economy, Employment and Research (DGO6). There were two other cut-off dates in 2014 : 30 April and 15 October.

The first BEWARE Academia call for proposals was published on December 2013:

- on our website (
- online via the Euraxess portal and the LinkedIn account of the Public Service of Wallonia’s Directorate General for Economy, Employment and Research (DGO6)
- through our Scientif Liason Officers Network (this network comprises six officers located in Lausanne (Switzerland), Uppsala (Sweden), Munich (Germany), São Paolo (Brazil), Montreal (Canada) and Boston (United States)).

The call was closed on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

This call for proposals was advertised beforehand in all the above-mentioned universities at various meetings with the research leaders.

A leaflet (appendix) was produced, and the information was disseminated.

A DGO6 officer was on-hand to assist potential promoters throughout the submission period. This “help desk” approach applies to all calls for proposals managed by the administration.

The next calls were published on 30 April 2015, 30 June 2015, 30 September 2015 and 30 November with the sames disseminiation rules.

2.3. Applications



At the end of the first call for proposals (April 2014), a public contract was awarded to produce various visuals and resources to promote the BEWARE Industry Fellowships.

Four illustrations were thus commissioned from the DEBIE advertising agency (Liège) on the theme "what will become of your univeristy without scientific staff?". They were printed as posters (60 x 80 cm), retractable banners, leaflets (A4 roll fold), post cards and mini business cards (see attached document).

At the same time, the domain name "" was registered. Easy to remember, it redirects to a page on the Public Service of Wallonia (SPW) website. This bilingual page, in French and English, is regularly updated and contains basic information (objectives, contacts, etc.) but also the calls for proposals.

These documents were distributed throughout universities, university-business interfaces ...

The programme has, moreover, been the subject of various presentations, including:

- on 28 January 2014 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) and at Tufts University (Boston, MA) in the frame of Destination Europe event, organised by the European Commission
- on 14 September 2014 at the Naturejobs Career Expo in London
- on 16 October 2014 at the University of Namur, on the occasion of the Year of Germany where nearly 150 Belgian and German researchers gathered at the initiative of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Brussels
- from 17 to 19 November 2014 in Trento (Italy) at a conference organised by the European Commission on the theme "Empowerment of the Next Generation of Researchers"
- from 11 to 13 February 2015, in San José and San Francisco (CA), at an event organized by the European Commission called "Destination Europe", during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, firstly, and at a meeting with the Walloon Export Agency (AWEX)'s local representative
- on 19 March 2015, in Namur, at a lunch co-organized with Agoria, the Belgian technology company federation
- on 28 and 29 May, in Liege, at the “Salon Métamorphoses” (a show specializing in innovative materials)
- on 22 July 2015, in Paris (FR), at a meeting organised by the “Association Bernard Grégory” that promotes postdoctoral careers
- on 25 September 2015, in Liège (BE), at the “Interface Entreprise – Université” lunch where about twenty industrial promoters were attending
- on 28 September 2015, in Berlin (DE), at the Museum of Natural Sciences where a seminar dedicated “on researchers mobility between Germany and Wallonia-Brussels” organised by the “Ministry of foreign affairs” of the Walloon Region (WBI) and the Walloon Delegation in Berlin, with, namely, the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KOWI), the “Leibnitz Gesellschaft”, the “Fraunhofer Gesellschaft” or the “Max Planck Gesellschaft”
- on 6 October 2015, in Namur (BE), in the frame of the launch of the 2015 Euraxess Tour.

The programme was taken up as a success story in the 2014 Annual Report of the SPW’s Department of Research Programmes.

Social media, including the SPW's Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, regularly mentioned the call for proposals, which was also published on Euraxess.

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