Our Approach to Innovation

As a spearhead cluster, we build partnerships between companies, universities, research institutes, associations and governments in Flanders. Through high-impact innovation projects, we support our members in accelerating innovation into business.

Triple F Principle

Our approach is based on the Triple F Principle.


We FIND and initiate collaborative innovation projects aimed at creating new sustainable business opportunities for your company.


We FACILITATE alignment and agreement between project partners, and have the necessary competences to facilitate grant applications for projects.


We FULFILL your company needs by offering specific services and by enabling collaborations with innovative partners to quickly come to concrete solutions.

Four Innovation Programs

Although each of our four innovation programs has its own content and goals, there are significant interfaces between the programs. In addition, there are also different links with the Moonshot Research Trajectories (MOTs) of the Flanders Industry Innovation Moonshot.

Through our collaborative innovation projects involving industrial and academic partners, we actively contribute and give rise to a sustainable and competitive chemicals and plastics industry in Flanders. Our projects fit into an overarching Innovation Agenda, which includes four specific Innovation Programs. Click the icons below to dive into our programs and projects. Within these innovation programs, we have a track record of successful partnerships and projects, employing a well-established approach to open innovation.