International Innovation Leaders

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s leaders in innovation (European Innovation Scoreboard). Our entrepreneurs, and especially SME’s are developing new products, processes, software and services. Both our fiscal and political climate provide the right and attractive circumstances for innovation. We have several funding schemes on a national, continental and global level that stimulate research, development and demonstration projects.

Popular subsidy programs

These are the most commonly used national and international funding schemes that Dutch innovation leaders make use of to finance and accelerate their projects:

National projects

  • The fiscal WBSO-program offers a reduction on income tax based on the number of hours you put in R&D.
    Funding: average € 29/hr
    Percentage: 32-40%
  • The MIT-program stimulates feasibilty studies, contracted research and R&D collaborations between at least two independent Dutch SME’s.
    Funding: € 350.000
    Percentage: 35-45%
  • The Europees Regionaal Fonds voor Ontwikkeling (EFRO) offers funding to consortia that innovate and/or contribute to the transition into a green economy.
    Funding: € 2 mln – € 10 mln
    Percentage: 50%

European projects

  • Small and medium enterprises can make use of the SME-instrument for both feasibility studies and research and development projects.
    Funding feasibility: € 50.000 lumpsum
    Funding R&D-projects: € 2 miljoen
    Percentage: 60%
  • The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) program stimulates high risk – high gain disruptive innovatio projects.
    Funding: € 3 miljoen
    Percentage: 70%
  • Eurostars funding is for market oriented innovation that is being jointly developed by at least two SME’s from different European countries.
    Funding for Dutch partner(s): € 500.000
    Percentage NL: 35-45%
  • The Horizon 2020 funding program contains multiple calls for innovations in specific thematic area’s in which research and development is done in a consortium of at least three different partners from three different EU and partner countries.
    Funding between € 2 mln en € 15 mln
    Percentage: 60-80%

Global projects

  • DHI: funding for researching new market opportunities in different countries and for demonstrating your product in order to convince local clients to invest.
    Funding: € 200.000
    Percentage: 50%
  • The Partners voor Water (PvW) program stimulates Dutch innovative companies to develop and demonstratie their water technology in upcommuning and developing markets that struggle with their (clean) water supply.
    Funding: € 250.000 (feasibility) € 600.000 (pilot)
    Percentage: 60-70%
  • New is the GlobalStars, program, which is an extension of the Eurostars funding scheme. This program stimulates global innovation collaboration between selected EU countries and India, Brazil and Taiwan.
    Funding for the Dutch partner: € 350.000
    Percentage: 35-45%

Deadlines funding applications


5 sep: SME-instrument feasibility studies

6 sep: MIT R&D-projects

7 sep: Partners voor Water

13 sep: Eurostars

21 sep: DHI


1 oct: GlobalStars India

10 oct: SME-instrument R&D-projects

23 oct: FTI

31 oct: GlobalStars Brazil


7 nov: SME-instrument feasibility

Get started with your application

Most deadlines for applications are in September and October. If you want to make use of the provided funding, it is key to start with you application as soon as possible. You can always contact us to discuss your project, help you find the right partners and write a successful application for you.

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