Regulatory framework for the co-financing of research and development services

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On 8 December 2017, the Government of Flanders gave its second approval in principle to the draft decision of the Government of Flanders regulating the co-financing of research and development in the context of public procurement. The (draft) decision delegates the decision on co-financing to the Hermes Decision Committee, and defines the scope and conditions of co-financing. Co-financing is only possible for the purchase of R&D services in order to develop an innovative solution and not for the procurement of the innovative solution itself.

The Social and Economic Council of Flanders (SERV) and other stakeholders, such as the Hermes Decision Committee and the Working Group on Innovation Procurement, have provided advice on this draft decision.

Pending the final approval of this decision in February 2018 (after advice from the Council of State), the decision to co-finance projects is taken by the Government of Flanders. However, we already use the evaluation criteria included in the draft decision to justify the co-financing.

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