Department Scientific and Technological Research of Defence
The research at the Ministry of Defence is managed by the Department Scientific and Technological Research of Defence.
This department manages the long-term programme of the STRD and represents the Ministry of Defence in the field of scientific research in national and international organisations.
The department stimulates the scientific and technological research of the Ministry of Defence by encouraging networking and by setting up co-operation agreements between the Ministry and academic institutions or Belgian and foreign research centres.
The department diffuses its research results among a large public by means of publications and colloquia.
The STRD department is headed by a director and is made up of four pillars:
Each pillar is headed by a domain manager.
A “Synthesis and Procedure” unit manages the STRD’s long-term programme regarding its budget.
The linchpin of research at the Ministry of Defence is the long-term programme of the Scientific and Technological Research of Defence. This plan is financed by the Ministry and is implemented by its excellence centres. Some studies aimed at helping decision-making, in domains where the Ministry does not wish to build expertise, are entrusted to academic institutions.
The projects of the programme are selected each year after an internal call for projects. They undergo two assessment processes, one on their scientific merit (carried by external high-level scientific experts) and the other on their appropriateness.
The STRD is headed by air force Colonel (GS) Tim Van Langenhove.