RvO – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency supports entrepreneurs, NGOs, knowledge institutions and organisations. They are a government agency which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Its activities are commissioned by the various Dutch ministries and the European Union.

RvO aims to improve entrepreneurship and collaboration in the Netherlands and abroad. RVO provides a diverse portfolio of Research and Development grants, tax schemes and loans. RVO is also the National Contact Point for many European funding programmes.

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The programme is targeted at entrepreneurs who wish to apply for funding for demonstration projects, feasibility studies, and investment preparation projects.

A budget of €8.5M is available until 31 December 2022. The DHI could be for instance an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneur who might want to take his/her international business ambitions to a higher level, e.g. investigating whether an investment is feasible for his/her company.

Three different schemes are available:

1) Demonstration Projects DHI scheme

2) Feasibility study DHI scheme

3) Investment preparation projects DHI scheme

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Total budget for 2022: €66.4M

Subsidy: between €2,000,000 and €4,000,000 for projects in the field of industry and electricity. The built environment has a maximum budget of €7,000,000

Deadline: Step 1: compulsory pre-registration from 1 April – 19 April 2022; Step 2: Full proposal submission from 1 July – 6 September 2022

Scope: Based on the MOOI subsidy module, projects relating to research and development of products, processes, and services are eligible for subsidy. The CO2 emissions of the Netherlands have to be reduced by 49% in 2030 (in 2050: reduction by 95%) in comparison to 1990. Therefore, consortia must develop innovative solutions that significantly contribute to these climate goals. In a consortium, all relevant disciplines and perspectives come together. These entrepreneurs, scientists, civil society organisations, and stakeholders should have an eye for technical and social factors and opportunities.

The scheme focuses on three main thematic points:

1) Electricity

2) Built environment

3) Industry.

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Innovatiekrediet (IK)

Subsidy: €150,000 – €5,000,000 (Clinical development); €10,000,000 (Technical development)

Scope: 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.

A feasibility study typically includes 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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