Research programme

The backbone of research conducted at Defence is the multi-year Defence Science and Technology Research Programme. Currently, this programme is entirely funded by Defence and is primarily directed to Defence research institutions. Nevertheless, collaborations with external partners are encouraged.

The projects making up the programme are selected each year following a call for projects, internal to Defence. They are subject to various evaluations, notably on their scientific merit (carried out by high-level external scientific experts) and their appropriateness (interest for Defence, but also the collaborative nature and the potential at the societal and economic level). After approval by the RHID’s Scientific Committee and Board of Directors, it is submitted to the Minister of Defense and the Council of Ministers for approval.

The current program consists of 95 studies.

A new program for specific themes, which is open to all Belgian universities, research institutions and industry, called DEfence Research Action (DEFRA), has been published on March, 1st 2021:
The call is now closed and the winning projects will be announced by the end of October, early November.

Database for programme 2021 with research possibility

For more information on this research programme, or to become a partner in one of the projects, please contact: