The projects may include one or more of the following strands:
OPR = State research body
UU = university department
UHE = Haute Ecole department
CRA = approved research center
PE = small enterprise
ME = medium-sized enterprise
GE = large enterprise
The amount of the research aid varies according to the area where the projects are conducted.
The three circles of beneficiaries
C1 = Partners: As they are involved in the R&D phase, the partners are eligible for a series of investment aids.
C2 = Subcontractors: They invest in the appropriate machinery. They are thus supported financially.
C3 = Clients also enjoy certain CC-linked advantages (for example, user training and maintenance technicians), which is an additional commercial argument.
SOFIPOLE was set up to finance public investments in infrastructure, buildings, and machinery for the region’s competitiveness clusters and their partners. Its other tasks include managing, through delegation, the Region’s shares in and loans to incubators working in a field of activity chosen for a competitiveness cluster.
AWEX (the Walloon Export Agency) also offers a series of financial support and export aid possibilities. Consult the AWEX site.
MecaTech CC has AWEX budgets that it may use to help its members finance market studies regarding competitiveness cluster-approved projects.
Training programs may be developed, at the request of project initiators, with all of the recognised players in the field to meet the project partners’ specific skills and expertise needs.
These training courses may be developed for companies, jobseekers, teachers, and students.