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MecaTech projects

MecaTech projects

Competitiveness cluster projects

The projects that are approved by a competitiveness cluster contain one or more of the following strands:

  • research,
  • investment,
  • foreign trade,
  • foreign investment, and
  • training.

Bonus aid is granted for each strand.  It can be as much as 80% of the subsidy in the case of an SME that conducts a research project.

MecaTech Projects – Eligibility criteria
To get the MecaTech Cluster label, projects:

  • must come under one or more of the MecaTech Cluster’s four strategic orientations, i.e.,
    • materials and surfaces of the future – integration of new properties into materials;
    • comprehensive technologies – complex, quick, and economical set-ups;
    • microtechnologies and mechatronics – mechanical systems that include intelligent and electronic features; and
    • maintenance and reliability – integration of new technology for maintenance:  sensors, measuring devices, expert systems, and so on.


  • must be innovative, have international ambitions, and create activity and jobs in Wallonia;


  • must be coordinated by a company.

! For the research strand, a project is eligible only if at least two companies (of which one must have fewer than 250 employees) and two separate research bodies are involved.
A project may come under several Walloon business networks and competitiveness clusters at the same time.