INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Flemish Institute for Technological Research
Mission and Objectives: 
VITO, the Flemish institute for technological research, is an independent research centre, a crossroads of knowledge where the latest technologies and practical applications meet. VITO conducts customer oriented contract research and develops innovative products and processes in the fields of energy, environment and materials, and this for both the public and the private sector. Central to all projects are protecting the environment and encouraging sustainable use of energy and raw materials, because we think that everyone, including those to come after us, has the right to a healthy living and working environment. Thus VITO’s mission is defined as follows: VITO is a research institution, which, for the benefit of government, industry and SMEs, stimulates sustainable technological development with its specialist services and high standard R&D in the fields of energy, environment and materials.
Formal Mandate: 
Regional Government
private organisation/public body
With its cutting edge infrastructure and extensive know-how VITO looks for long-lasting technological solutions for your problems and questions. This research work places the highest priority on optimising the use of energy and raw materials and on protection the environment. For companies large and small, VITO helps sme’s and major companies alike with the research, development and implementation of innovative technologies in the areas of energy, environment and materials. In addition VITO supports companies in solving their day to day production and environmental problems. More and more companies are outsourcing their R&D. VITO is the ideal partner for those companies, offering a distinctly competitive advantage. VITO’s lead in technological know-how and experience helps to shorten development and implementation times considerably. Moreover, partly due to its international contacts, VITO is constantly abreast of the latest trends and developments worldwide, in turn passing them on to its clients. For the authorities. Vito assists authorities which have an important responsibility for developing society over the longer term. In order to encourage optimum development, the authorities stimulate and finance research into specific innovative technologies or into social topics. VITO is the research partner to the authorities in the areas of energy, environment and materials, and has the task of carrying out policy supportive research study as reliably, efficiently and economically as possible. In addition to these policy supportive activities, VITO is also the contract research partner to the authorities, in so far as it carries out clearly described commissions on a contract basis, just as it does for industry.
Flemish ministry of Science and Technology

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • be kept informed
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