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  The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern university with two parkland campuses in the Brussels Capital Region: the main campus in Etterbeek is home to seven faculties. In Jette you can find the medical campus and the University Hospital.
Our university is the largest Dutch-speaking employer in the Brussels Region. Centrally situated in the capital of Europe, our university takes up its role as an ambassador for Flanders and Brussels, in a spirit of active pluralism and open mindness.


  VIB, the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, is a non-profit scientific research institute.The VIB researchers work in research departments of four Flemish universities: Ghent University, K.U.Leuven, the University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The groups were selected on the basis of their excellence. Through close cooperation with these universities and a solid funding program for strategic basic research, VIB joins the forces of 1100 scientists and technologists in one single institute.


  FWO, the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen finances basic research which is aimed at moving forward the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines. Basic research is carried out in the universities of the Flemish Community and in affiliated research institutes. Therefore the FWO is Flanders’ instrument to support and stimulate fundamental research in the scope of scientific inter-university competition.


    The Institute for the promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology (Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie, IWT-Flanders) is a public institution in Flanders (Belgium) to provide R&D and innovation support. The institute was established by the Flemish government in 1991. To support its goal the institute has several financial tools and an annual budget of 190 million EUR (in 2002) at its disposal.


    Innoviris, the Institute for the encouragement of Scientific Research and Innovation of Brussels was instituted by the Brussels decree of 26 June 2003, began its activites on 1st July 2004. The mission of the Institute is to promote, support and valorize scientific research and technological innovation in the Brussels-Capital Region.


    The Belgian Federal Science Policy Office was previously known as the 'Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs' (OSTC).  The mission of the Federal Science Policy Office is to prepare, execute and evaluate the Federal science policy and its extensions.


  Ablynx was established as a spin-off of VIB and the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and became operational in early 2002. Ablynx is engaged in the discovery and development of Nanobodies® to treat a range of serious human diseases. Nanobodies® are a novel class of antibody-derived therapeutic proteins. Because of their small size, unique structure and extreme stability, Nanobodies® combine the advantages of conventional antibody therapeutics with the key features of small-molecule drugs.


  The mission of the King Baudouin Foundation is clear and at the same time wide-ranging: to help to improve living conditions for the population. In its 1976 Constitution the Foundation is described as "an independent structure that encourages original ideas and sets up new projects. The King Baudouin Foundation supports projects and citizens who are committed to create a better society. In this way we can make a lasting contribution towards greater justice, democracy and respect for diversity.