Dutch grants and funding

All Dutch Grants and funding opportunities in the Netherlands. Your guide to the most important research and development grants in the Netherlands. At the moment there are various Dutch grants & funding opportunities, such as the RVO grants, MIT, NWO or regional calls such as EFRO Oost.

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ZonMw – Create2Solve- Request for Challenges – Phase 0

Deadline: Expired

Consortium: For the Phase 0, the challenge should be submitted by at least two representatives, from either companies, academia, regulatory bodies or a combination in the field of pharmaceuticals, medical technology, chemistry, cosmetics and food. Also international parties can be engaged in the Request for challenges phase.

Scope: Create2Solve is a call within the program ‘More Knowledge with Fewer Animals’ and was inspired by the NC3Rs Crack-it Challenges. The call supports the development of impactful animal-free innovations that lead to marketable or useful methods, models and/or services (or a combination of strategies). These innovations will improve human health and the quality and relevance of research. The programme is built around 3 phases:

  • Phase 0: Request for Challenges – Industry, regulators and academia are invited to propose a challenge. A maximum of 2 challenges will be selected. The challenge must represent cross company, cross academia or cross regulatory (or combinations) hurdles within at least one of the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, chemicals, cosmetics or food industry. And the challenge must be geared towards an animal-free innovation.
  • Phase 1: Call for proof of concept projects – Once selected, the challenges will be published on the ZonMw website. Submitting a proof-of-concept research project as a solution to a challenge will be open to a consortium composed of a research institution and an SME. A proof-of-concept project may last up to 8 months. A maximum of 3 proof-of-concept projects will be granted per challenge. A maximum budget of €100,000 will be available per project.
  • Phase 2: Development of solution, research project – In this phase, the selected project group will further develop, validate or build an animal-free innovation prototype. Only one research project per challenge will be granted. The research project may last four to five years. A maximum budget of €900,000 will be available per research project.

Visit the ZonMw website or contact us to learn more.

ZonMw: Good Use of Medicines, Large Trials Round 5

Subsidy: The total budget of the project must be at least €1M (including any form of co-financing). No maximum budget.

Total Budget: At least €8M


Pre-proposal (project idea): Expired

Full proposal: Expired

Rebuttal:  September 2022

Interview: November 2022

Project duration: No limit

Consortium: A proposal should be submitted by the main applicant from a Dutch research organization or a Dutch healthcare institution. All relevant parties (from research, practice, policy, education, patients and/or end-users) at national level should participate in the project.

Scope: The Good Use of Medicines program aims to make more effective, safer and more efficient use of existing medicines.

Projects within this program can be related to the more effective use of a medicine as to improving the use of medicines in daily care. This Large Trial sub-program is specifically intended for studies that can provide a definite answer at a high evidence level about an existing efficiency issue with regard to the application of medicines in practice.

The results of the studies have national impact and are directly applicable in daily clinical practice. The implementation has a substantial impact on health benefits, cost savings and/or quality of care.

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ZonMw Open Competition – Call for proposals 2021

Subsidy: €750,000 (plus optional €100,000 – 250,000 for investing in infrastructure or equipment)

Total Budget: €19,000,000

Deadline:       Project idea: Expired

Full proposal: Expired

Funding rate: Co-financing is required for the investment module.

Consortium: Teams of Dutch researchers from two or more scientific fields. Professors, assistant professors, associate professors, and other researchers with a comparable appointment can submit an application.

Scope: This funding instrument has no thematic limitation and is aimed at research proposals in all scientific disciplines with a research question or problem in the area of fundamental research into health care and innovation.

The expected outcome of projects is primarily advancing scientific knowledge (knowledge advancement, the creation of conceptual models and theorisation) within a new collaboration between research groups.

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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).

Read more about this call or visit the RVO website

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.

Read more about this call or visit the RVO website

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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Visit our NWO Fund page for our complete overview of NWO programmes.

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.

Read more about this call or visit the NWO website

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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Regional Dutch grants

Kansen voor West

Subsidy: min. €200,000

Scope: Tenders are released during the year, depending on budget availability and political decisions regarding scope and budget. Tenders are released regarding multiple priorities:

  1. Innovation for SMEs
  2. Low Carbon Economy
  3. Promotion of employment system
  4. Promotion of social inclusion

Read more about this call or Visit the website (Dutch)


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