The VARIO offers advice on the complete innovation chain, from fundamental scientific research at universities, to applied research aiming at valorisation and the transformation of industry, the services sector and Flemish entrepreneurship.

In these domains the VARIO is qualified to:

  1. offer strategic advice and conduct studies on mid and long-term developments and challenges; 
  2. formulate recommendations and conduct studies on overall policy lines and priorities and budgetary policy;
  3. formulate opinions on draft decrees or draft decisions of strategic importance.

The VARIO can do this on its own initiative, upon request of the Flemish Government or upon request of the Flemish Parliament.