The “Research Project Manager” (RPM) subsidy is a financial aid that covers a portion of the salary of an individual who is responsible for managing an industrial research project within the company, such as the design of a new product, the study of a new manufacturing process, technological research or analysis or an experimental development project, such as the development and use of technological or scientific techniques and knowledge, with a view to developing modified or improved new products.
SMEs that are not in financial difficulty according to the European Directive (see practical guide) and which have at least one business unit in the Walloon region.
- Innovative character: contribution to scientific progress in terms of the acquisition of new knowledge.
- The new product, service or process must lead to an activity that can add value from an economic and employment point of view.
- The environmental impact of the research: must be favourable or zero;
- The degree of risk: must be obvious;
- The ability to find financing for the current and expected future needs of the project.
This is a financial aid:
- for an industrial research project: 70% for small enterprises and 60% for medium enterprises;
- for an experimental development project: 45% for small enterprises and 35% for medium enterprises;
This financial aid covers:
- managing the technological audit of the project and the company (mandatory);
- financing of the RPM for six months to two years.
The RPM may not be hired before the date of the Minister’s principle agreement. In addition, they may not have previously been part of the company or related companies, or been linked to it by an employment contract as a partner, administrator, manager or otherwise during the last five years.
There is no closing date for submitting the application for this aid.
Generally speaking, the time between the submission of your application and notification of the financing decision varies between three months and six months. This time frame is provided as an indication and may not be met. We do everything we can to provide you with a decision as quickly as possible.
The application is submitted via an electronic form. Note that an electronic signature is used when filing your financing applications.
If the decision is in your favour and the budgetary credits are available, a region-company agreement is concluded for the study and specifies the rights and obligations of each of the parties.
How can I contact the department who made the decision?
You may contact the administrative department that made the decision at any time, independently of the appeal procedures outlined below, notably to:
- obtain additional explanations concerning the decision;
- complete your initial application with elements that are not known by the administration;
- communicate the reasons behind your dispute.
You must contact the following department:
SPW Économie, Emploi, Recherche
Département de la Recherche et du Développement technologique
Direction de l’accompagnement et de la Sensibilisation
Place de la Wallonie, 1 (bât. III) to 5100 NAMUR (JAMBES)
Phone: +32 (0)81 33 44 80-84
This free process is not subject to any specific formalities and does not suspend the periods for filing an appeal. The absence of a response from the administration does not constitute acceptance of your request.
HOW TO FILE AN APPEAL
Unless the dispute can be viewed as relating to a subjective right – in which case only courts of law and legal tribunals have jurisdiction – an appeal may be submitted to the State Council, in accordance with the procedures outlined below.
Request for cancellation
Cancellation of the decision may be requested by filing a request with the State Council, either:
- electronically to https://eproadmin.raadvst-consetat.be ;
- with a signed and dated registered letter to:
Section du Contentieux administratif
Rue de la Science, 33
You must submit your request within 60 calendar days from the date of notification for the disputed decision.
In your request, you must indicate the “motives” of your appeal, that is, the legal rights that have been infringed by the decision and the way in which they have been infringed.
Request for suspension
Sending a cancellation request does not suspend the effects of the decision.
If an emergency arises which is incompatible with the processing of the case, and if a serious argument is manifestly likely to lead to the cancellation, you may file a request to suspend the decision with the State Council.
The request for suspension may be submitted before, at the same time as, or after sending the request for cancellation.
In exceptional cases, and under specific conditions, you may also request the suspension of the decision in cases of extreme emergency.
Requests for cancellation and suspension requests are only valid if they contain certain annexes and information. Reference is made to the coordinated laws and decrees mentioned below, which are available at http://www.raadvst-consetat.be (“procedure” section).
Each requesting party must pay a fee of €200 (amount as of 9 January 2017), using a transfer form that will be sent to the party after the appeal is received. Payment is not currently subject to any deadline and the payment of the sum may be made at any time before the closure of the dispute.
Find out more: laws on the State Council, coordinated on 12 January 1973, Regent Decree of 23 August 1948 determining the procedure before the administrative disputes department of the State Council, Royal Decree of 5 December 1991 determining interlocutory proceedings before the State Council, which are available at http://www.raadvst-consetat.be (“procedure” section).