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Micro- and nanotechnology in Flanders

Micro- and nanoelectronics are some of the key enabling technologies through which Europe aims to keep its competitive edge — and there’s nowhere they thrive better than in Flanders.

Micro- and nanoelectronics is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. This comes as no surprise, since they enable the development of novel technologies that make products, services and manufacturing processes smarter and more productive.

Flanders boasts expert know-how in the nanotech field, centered around its five universities as well as its nanotech research center imec. A broad pool of start-ups and other innovative players serves as a bridge between this know-how and a range of novel applications, such as smart textiles, revolutionary medical devices, biotechnological breakthroughs, digital innovations, and more.

An ecosystem for nanotech success

From academic and research institutions and centers of knowledge and expertise to leading industry players: Flanders has all the buildings blocks for your micro- and nanotechnology innovations and applications.

All the talent at hand

In Flanders, nearly all nanotechnology-related and strategic basic research is conducted at one of the region’s five universities. These internationally-renowned institutes also grant access to a strong pool of nanotech talent by offering dedicated courses of study. Some of these include:

Specific incentives

Flanders offers incentives that are particularly relevant to a research-intensive domain like micro- and nanotechnology. Examples include:

  • Investment deduction for R&D – 13.5% of acquisition value/qualifying asset or 20.5% of the depreciated amount;
  • Exemption of payment of 80% – of the personal income withholding tax of researchers in certain scientific fields.

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