Belgium has instituted a particularly attractive national tax scheme offering companies payroll tax exemptions and innovation premiums. For example, employers who hire researchers may be partially exempted from the payroll tax.
To stimulate a culture of innovation in the business world, a one-off innovation premium is being offered. Since January 1, 2006, this premium has been exempt from taxes and social security contributions.
Moreover, the European ‘Scientific Visa' Directive is now in effect in Belgium.
Alongside innovation, access to R&D is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage innovation.
Science and technology intermediation helps to bring new technologies to companies seeking solutions. Technology intermediaries are primarily:
- consultants on technological innovation (Enterprise Europe Network);
- staff in the LIEU network working to apply the results of research and knowledge.
A wide range of information on research and innovation is available through the following portals:
A series of subsidies and direct measures are offered through the regional bodies responsible for Research and Development.