Dutch grants and funding

Dutch Grants and funding opportunities in the Netherlands. On this page we present a summary of some key funding opportunities in the Netherlands, from RVO, MIT and NWO. Our team of Innovation Consultants have extensive experience successfully applying to calls from these programmes. If you would like to learn more about your suitability to any of the calls listed below, please give us a call.

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Dementia Research Programme

The Dementia Research Programme focuses on the development of knowledge, innovation and knowledge utilisation. The aim is to prevent and treat dementia and to ensure a better quality of life for people with dementia and their loved ones, now and in the future. This is achieved by stimulating and facilitating a high-quality research infrastructure that connects socially relevant and high-quality dementia research.

The research in the programme focuses on 6 work packages:

  1. Fundamental research
  2. Risk reduction
  3. Diagnostics and prognostics
  4. Promising innovative therapies
  5. Young people with dementia
  6. Valorisation; Integration of education, research and care

Budget: €150,000,000

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Read Catalyze’s Dementia Therapy report, prepared under commission by ZonMw

Open Call under Dementia Research Programme

The therapies covered by this call for proposals are pharmacological interventions, technologies and digital interventions and neuromodulation. At the time of request, a therapy is in the preparatory phase (‘proof of concept‘ (PoC) level, TRL 3) or in one of the development phases (TRL 4-5-6). With the project you focus on taking the therapy further towards the demonstration level (TRL 7 and higher) or at least one level higher than the original level.

For medicines, this corresponds to obtaining an in vitro PoC, initial preclinical studies and a pilot drug. The goal is also to at least advance the drug to the next stage of development, with the ultimate goal of preparing the drug for a phase 1 clinical trial. In the case of drug development, the phase 1 clinical trial, corresponding to TRL 6, is outside the scope of this call.

The funding is divided into 2 phases: the preparatory phase and the development phase.

Phase 1: Preparatory phase
In the case of a technological development, attention is paid to the development of a PoC in this phase. For drug developments, this applies to the in vitro PoC. This phase is also intended for setting up the necessary infrastructure, intellectual property and the business plan.

Phase 2: Development Phase
If there is already a PoC for the therapy, protected intellectual property and set up company structure, you may be eligible for funding for the development phase. The main applicant must have demonstrable possession of the intellectual property of the therapy to be developed.

Subsidy: €500,000 per application (preparatory phase); €1,000,000 (development phase)

Budget: €2,000,000 (preparatory phase); €4,000,000 (development phase)

Project duration:  12 months (preparatory phase); 36 months (development phase)

Consortium: The following party(ies) can/can claim (part of) the subsidy:

  1. The main applicant is a Dutch research organisation within the meaning of EU state aid law.
  2. Company(ies) with a public or private legal entity established in the Netherlands may be co-applicants.

In this round, public-private partnerships are mandatory. The cooperation agreement is signed by all parties. This establishes the collaboration for the duration of the project.




MOOI (Mission-driven Research, Development and Innovation)

This call aims for innovative solutions that contribute to the climate goals of the Dutch Agreement aiming to have an energy system without CO2 emission by 2050. Therefore, the consortium of collaborating parties must develop the innovative solution in a comprehensive manner converging all relevant disciplines and perspectives; entrepreneurs, scientist, societal organizations and stakeholders.

The project must include concrete SMART formulated milestones.

The call is divided into 3 different topics:

  1. Electricity: the project focuses on the generation of solar and wind energy on land and at sea. Additionally it includes one of the following themes:
    1. Accelerating the development of offshore wind energy and removing barriers
    2. Labor and material saving innovations as part of renewable electricity production on land
    3. Multiple land use in renewable electricity production on land
  2. Industry: The project focuses on making industrial production processes and product more sustainable. It also includes one of the following themes:
    1. Process innovation through electrification and chain innovation
    2. Sustainable raw materials and intermediate products based on CO and CO2
  3. Built Environment: This project focuses the large-scale sustainability of existing residential and non-residential buildings. Also it includes on of the following themes
    1. Sustainable solutions for existing built environment
    2. Future proof energy system for residential areas, including estates office or shopping areas

Applicant Criteria: Consortia consisting of a minimum of 3 Dutch entities such as innovative SMEs and stakeholders. Stakeholders may include suppliers, customers, users, and local parties.

An application can only be submitted if the mandatory pre-registration has been submitted previously. Subsidy provider RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) assesses the applications according to the tender principle: the best projects receive a subsidy (so quality takes precedence over speed).

  • Your project has at least €2 million in costs that are covered by the subsidy (eligible costs).
  • Research organizations do not incur more than 50% of the eligible costs.
  • The subsidy is at least €25,000 for each participant.
  • The subsidy is a maximum of € 4 million for your total project.

Funding type: Grant

Budget: € 4.000.000

Total budget: € 61.050.000

Funding rate: depending on type of activities in the project, to be determined upon official publication of the call

Deadline: Applications can be submitted from March 19 to September 5, 2024

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DEI+ Call: Demonstration Energy- and Climate Innovation

The DEI+ is a call for innovative techniques regarding energy and climate innovation.

The goal of the grant is to support pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to a cost-effective reduction of CO2 emission in the Netherlands in 2030. New technologies, systems and/or devices are applied in practice by SMEs. The project must apply to one of the following subjects:

  • Carbon capture, Utilisation and Storage
  • Circular economy
  • Energy efficiency, other than in buildings
  • Promotion of energy from renewable sources
  • Flexibility of the energy system
  • Local infrastructure
  • Other co2 reduction measures in the industry, electricity sector or built environment
  • Hydrogen and green chemistry à see the specific call

Project duration: Max. 4 year

Funding type: Grant

Budget: € 30.000.000 for demonstration projects. € 25.000.000 for pilot projects and also for experimental infrastructure projects.

Total budget: € 141M

Funding rate: between 25%-80%

Deadline: August 29th 2024

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DEI+: Hydrogen and green chemistry:

Specific theme within the DEI+ program focusses on the development of one or more innovative products and services, which should assist in:

  • The production of hydrogen via water electrolysis
  • The transport and storage of hydrogen (carriers)
  • Renewed use of hydrogen (carriers) and sustainably generated electrons (green electrons for sustainable chemical processes and products in the industry (green chemistry.

Funding type: Grant

Budget: € 3.000.000 for demonstration projects and € 25.000.000 for a pilot and testing experimental infrastructure project

Total budget: € 40M

Funding rate: between 25%-80%

Deadline: June 25th, 2024

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DEI+: Gasification of residual streams:

The project concerns a demonstration project of an innovation that reduces CO2 emissions in the Netherlands at low costs. This call is for demonstration projects for an installation for the gasification of residual streams*. These concern biogenic and mixed residual streams. Biogenic residual flows consist of organic material that remains as a by-product or waste of biological processes. This mainly comes from sectors such as agriculture, food production, forestry and factory farming. The material is degradable biological material. The installation converts the residual flow into renewable (sustainable) energy carriers, such as green gas and biofuels, or as raw material for the circular economy.

The call covers the entire chain of gasification, including pretreatment, torrefaction, gasification, cleaning and upgrading.

*The installation has a minimal thermal input capacity of at least 5 MW

Funding type: Grant

Budget: € 30.000.000

Total budget: € 98M

Funding rate: between 15%-70% (to be specified upon publication of the call)

Deadline: August 29th, 2024

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Innovatiekrediet (IK)

Subsidy: Max €10,000,000 in total

Scope: As one of the most well-known Dutch grants, the Innovation Credit is a risk bearing loan to fund high risk, technological innovation projects. Although funding is meant for a technological risky project, typically used for more for more later stage development projects. At the end of the project the product should be on the market or otherwise bringing revenues to the company (licensing deal, new investor round, co-development).

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Vroegefasefinanciering (VFF)

Subsidy: €50,000 – 350,000

Scope: With a loan from the VFF, starters and SMEs investigate whether their idea has a chance of success in the market (idea on paper – concept phase). Development of the first prototype is covered by the aim of investigating technical feasibility. Selling proto types or products that have already been granted IP, are not eligible, as that development is too mature for this loan.

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Mkb-innovatiestimulering Regio en Topsectoren (MIT)

RVO MIT Haalbaarheidsstudie

Subsidy: €20,000

Scope: A feasibility project maps the technical and economic risks of a proposed innovation project. A feasibility study consists of a feasibility study, possibly supplemented by industrial research or experimental development. In a feasibility study you should think of literature research, patent research, inventory of available technology and potential partners, market research and competition analysis.

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RVO MIT R&D samenwerkingsprojecten

Subsidy: €200,000 – 350,000 (big projects); €50,000 – 200,000 (small projects)

Scope: The project consists of industrial research and/or experimental development. Requests are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Technological renewal or substantial new uses of an existing product, product, process, or service;
  • Economic value creation for participants in the MIT-R&D cooperation, in the relevant top sectors, or the Dutch economy;
  • The quality of R&D cooperation, reflecting at least the level of complementarity of the participants, the capacities of the participants and the quality of the project organization;
  • Combinations of sectors that are not conventional.RVO DTIF (Dutch Trade and Investment Fund)

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NWO Open Technology Programme (OTP)

Subsidy: €850,000 (up to €1,000,000 if an investment of €150,000 is included)

Scope: NWO TTW aims to bring scientific research together with potential users, as to realize knowledge transfer. Criteria are excellent scientific quality and utilization and the call is characterized by an absence of disciplinary boundaries. To assure utilization, a user committee must be installed, consisting of at least four users, of which at least two companies.

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Take Off Fase 1: Haalbaarheidsstudie

Subsidy: €20,000 – 40,000

Scope: Take-off is a science-based financing instrument from ZonMw and NWO (Secretariat: Applied and Technical Sciences). Take-off is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Take-off focuses on facilitating and stimulating business and entrepreneurship from Dutch universities and NWO-recognized research institutes. It is about creating innovative new business that follows knowledge development and utilization by researchers at these knowledge institutions. It may be product, process, care or service innovation in the broadest sense of the word, within all fields of science (beta / technique, life sciences and alpha / gamma).

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Take Off Fase 2: Vroegefasetrajecten

Subsidy: (Loan) €50,000 – 250,000

Scope: In the early stage project, it is about launching the start-up based on knowledge innovations from research institutions. An early phase project consists of the steps and activities to make the idea/concept commercially viable, to launch the process or service successfully on the market, to grow the company and that money will be earned. This happens by:

  1. Explain and execute an early phase plan in detail;
  2. Find contact with the stakeholders and future customers who enter the company enable independent growth and success;
  3. When applicable: by developing the concept, product or service so that at the end of the process of others – private or public investors – prepared must be the next stage to finance.

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