Belgian Federal Science Policy Office
The Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (Dutch: Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid; French: Politique scientifique fédérale), known by the acronym BELSPO, is the federal government body responsible for research policy in Belgium. It designs and implements research programmes and networks and manages the participation of Belgium in European and international organisations. BELSPO supervises Belgian federal scientific organisations.
Formal political and administrative coordination of the Belgian science policy was begun with the creation of the first government organisations in 1959. These included the Interministerial Commission for Science Policy (ICSP) and the National Council for Science Policy (NCSP). In 1968, the Science Policy Office (SPO) was established as a Belgian State administration.
BELSPO was previously known as the Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (OSTC), which name was changed following the Copernic reform of Belgium's federal administration.
Federal scientific and cultural institutions
- Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
- Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-organisms
- Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society
- Geological Survey of Belgium
- National and Provincial State Archives (State Archives in Belgium)
- Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
- Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
- Royal Library of Belgium
- Royal Meteorological Institute
- Royal Museum for Central Africa
- Royal Museums for Art and History
- Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
- Royal Observatory of Belgium
Federal scientific and cultural partner institutions
- Official website
- Belgian Portal for Research and Innovation
- Presentation of R&D policies in Belgium (European Commission website, ERAWATCH)
- Presentation of innovation policies in Belgium (European Commission website, ProInno TrendChart for Innovation)