Navigating the path to funding excellence 

Our mission is clear: to guide you through the intricate landscape of grant opportunities on a regional, national and European level. But it’s not just about finding the grants; it’s about understanding your reality, your needs and the untapped potential within your projects. 

Our expert consultants don’t just stop at asking questions; they dive deep into understanding your project’s DNA. What are your goals? What challenges do you face? Are you looking to innovate, expand or develop?  

Armed with this information, we craft a tailored funding strategy that aligns with your goals. 

The advantages of access to public funding

Access to public funding has numerous competitive advantages for beneficiary entities beyond the funding of the project itself. Increased project scope or reduced implementation times are some of the inherent benefits of funding, but there are other aspects to consider. Public funding facilitates collaboration with other entities, which promote the scope of the project and with which lasting relationships can be established, as well as greater visibility in the market, positioning the entity as a reference in its sector. 

We help you overcome challenges and seize opportunities going from the rising energy costs, environmental regulations and resource optimisation, to digital transformation and technology integration. 

Equipped with the power of funding intelligence, we specialise in boosting your investments and finding funding for your R&D+I projects. Through thorough diagnosis, expert insights, drafting your funding roadmap and following up with regulations and control, we ensure you have the necessary resources to bring your ideas to life and develop strategic objectives. 

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Grants are an important source of funding for companies. Especially for companies that have limited resources to invest in R&D activities and/or, for example, want to invest in their green and energy-saving transformation. By financially supporting innovative projects, various agencies ranging from regional institutes, the Belgian government, to European institutions hope to stimulate innovation, create new products and services and support the growth of companies in the country.

Some grant programmes are often highly competitive, with many other companies vying for the same funding opportunities. This can make it challenging to stand out and successfully win the grant.

Despite these challenges, applying for an R&D+I grant as a company can be a rewarding investment of time and resources, as it can provide access to funding that can help accelerate innovation and stimulate business growth. It is important for companies to be well-prepared and aware of the requirements and challenges of the application process to maximise their chances of success.

FI Group can assess the company’s (R&D+I) needs, identify potential investment areas and help prioritise projects. This can ensure that the company invests in activities that are in line with its strategic objectives and have the potential to generate a positive return on investment.

Our experts can identify and evaluate funding sources for R&D+I activities, including grants, tax incentives and private financing options. Thus, we help the company determine which funding sources are best suited to its needs and can provide guidance on the application process.

Applying for an R&D+I grant, which can focus on decarbonisation, internationalisation, digitalisation, … as a company can be a complex process, depending on the specific grant programme and the complexity of the project.

These grants often have strict eligibility requirements, such as specific industries or project types, and may require a certain level of expertise or experience. Ensuring that your company and project meet all these requirements can be challenging. Moreover, there are often strict documentation requirements for R&D grant applications, including detailed project proposals, budgets and supporting documentation. Companies should make sure they have all the necessary documentation in place before submitting their application.

The grant application process can be long and time-consuming, involving a considerable amount of paperwork and documentation. It can also involve multiple stages or assessment rounds, which can add to the complexity of the process.

Some technical expertise, especially in describing the scientific or technical aspects of the project, makes the process smoother. This can be a challenge for companies that do not have a strong R&D team or experience in applying for grants.

Once a grant is awarded, there may be strict reporting and compliance requirements that must be met to continue funding. This can increase the administrative burden and complexity of the project.

Understand the reporting requirements of your grant application. This includes regular reporting on the progress of your innovation activities and how the funding is being used. Make sure you can meet these reporting requirements.

The Belgian federal and regional governments play an important role in supporting R&D+I activities through funding and grants. We are in touch with the main government bodies involved in funding and supporting R&D in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.

Our knowledge of the regional and national grant landscape allows us to connect your project with the right funding strategy, based on audits, analysis and documentation.

FI Group writes a powerful technical and substantiated funding plan for the optimal financing of your project. We have both the technical and financial/business knowledge for this.

Once your project is approved, it is monitored by the regional authorities. This involves a lot of administrative work, and FI Group takes care of this too.

The European Union has a wide range of programmes to support projects. There are numerous opportunities. Innovative SMEs looking to commercialise their innovation, public institutions investing in regional development, multinationals investing in a green future for our planet, etc. all have in common that they can use EU grants for their funding.

Eligibility for grants isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario. Each grant has its own criteria, and we’re here to ensure your project meets them. From environmental initiatives to technological advancements, we cover a spectrum of requirements. We’re not just your advisors – we’re your trusted partner! We provide guidance on fine-tuning your project to meet the grant’s criteria, making your application process smoother than ever.

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Eligibility for grants isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario. Each grant has its own criteria, and we’re here to ensure your project meets them. From environmental initiatives to technological advancements, we cover a spectrum of requirements. We’re not just your advisors – we’re your trusted partner! We provide guidance on fine-tuning your project to meet the grant’s criteria, making your application process smoother than ever. 

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