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The Dutch government stimulates innovation, amongst others with the following arrangements.

Innovation Credit (Innovatiekrediet (Dutch only))

For whom:

SME’s and large companies who develop a new product, process or service.

What:

A risk bearing loan for your product which must be repaid with interest.

Amount:

45% of the development costs for a project (for medium sized and large companies the percentages are 35% and 25 %).

Development costs are:

In-house labour costs, materials, depreciation, outsourcing costs, travel expenses and patent application.

Requirements:

The project, process or service has major technical and financial risks, and the company does not have sufficient financial resources.  The minimal project size is €150,000. Co-financing must be secured.

Contact:

Kees van Hoeven: kees.vanhoeven@rvo.nl

Fill in the Quick Scan and speak with an advisor of RVO to assess your chance on a successful application.

SME instrument

For whom:

Highly innovative SMEs who are ready to scale in Europe or globally.

What:

Funding for your economic feasibility study (phase 1) and executing your business plan (phase 2).

Amounts:

€ 50,000 for European market study
€ 500,000 € 2,500,000 for scaleup activities (€ 5 mln for Health)

Requirements:

Phase 1 = lump sum, but for phase 2 you must be able to contribute 30% of the budget for the execution of your project.

Contact:

Elke van de Graaf: elke.vandegraaf@rvo.nl

Topsector Energy (Topsector Energie (Dutch only))

For whom:

Topsector Energy 'tenders (9)' and 'first come and first serve (3)' are open for consortia.  As an SME you can form- or join a consortia.

What:

The Topsector Energie supports R&D for energy innovations.

Amounts:

On yearly basis 130 million for 12 arrangements (in Dutch only)

Requirements:

Do you wish to apply for the the Topsector Energie? Fill in the project idea form to see if you meet the basic requirements.

R&D tax credit (WBSO)

For whom:

Companies who pay wage costs for R&D and have R&D costs and/or expenditures, such as prototypes or research equipment.
Self-employed who pay income  tax and who make a minimum of 500 hours a year on R&D.

What:

A lowering of your tax costs

Amounts:

For companies

  • 32% payroll tax deduction of the first €350,000 of total R&D costs (40% for startups)
  • 16% payroll tax deduction of all further R&D costsFor self-employed entrepreneurs
  • A fixed income tax deduction of €12,522
  • Startups are entitled to an additional deduction of €6,264

Requirements:

  • the proposed R&D activities take place in your own company
  • the technological development is new to your organisation
  • the development is accompanied by technical problems and
  • the R&D work has yet to take place (in other words, you must always submit a WBSO application in advance).

Contact:

Robert Schaart: robert.schaart@rvo.nl

Do you wish to apply for the WBSO? Fill in the Quickscan to see if you meet the basic requirements.

Energy and Environmental Investment Allowance (EIA and MIA)

For whom:

Companies who invest energy-saving installations, or that make use of sustainable energy

What:

you can deduct 55.5% of the investment costs from the fiscal profits, on top of your usual depreciation. As a result, you pay less income tax or company tax.

Amounts:

On average, the EIA, gives you a 13.5% tax advantage.

Environmentally friendly investments (MIA)

For whom:

Companies who invest in environmental friendly installations

What:

You can deduct 36% (or 27% or 13.5%) of the investment costs from the fiscal profits, on top of your usual depreciation. As a result, you pay less income tax or company tax.

Amounts:

On average, the MIA, gives you a maximum 9% tax advantage.

Contact:

Martin Otten: martin.otten@rvo.nl

Patents and intellectual property

For whom:

Business owners (SME’s, start-ups), the services sector, scientists, researchers, teachers and students with technological research and development.

What:

Intellectual property (IP) is something unique that you physically create. IP is a way of transforming your innovative new product or idea into your actual property. Copyright, patents, designs and trademarks are all types of intellectual property protection. It's a right that entitles you to be the only party that can reap the benefits of an intellectual accomplishment. A patent protects an invention on a technological product or process. If you have a patent you can prohibit others from copying, selling or introducing your invention.

Costs:

Consult with the Netherlands Patent Office free of charge about any patent-related queries or other ways to protect intellectual property (IP), or alternatives, in every development stage.

Demonstration:

Your invention must be new, innovative and have an industrial application. ‘New’ means that the product or process must not be known anywhere in the world at the time that you apply for your patent. So be careful when you enter a trade show with your invention!

Contact:

Yp Kroon: yp.kroon@rvo.nl

Jumpstart in to the ecosystem: an overview of Science & Innovation Parks

The Science & Innovation parks in the Netherlands offer a variety of services:  R&D cooperation, funding and coaching. All partners have incubation facilities in place.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

For whom:

All companies registered in the EU.

What:

An assignment from the government to  work on innovative solutions for specific problems defined by various ministries. The intellectual property stays with the developing company. The assignment consist of 3 phases: a feasibility study, building a prototype and bringing the product to the market.

Amounts:

Phase 1 € 15.000-50.000
Phase 2 € 60.000-500.000

Requirements:

Your company is registered in the EU, proposals must be written in Dutch.

More information:
www.sbir.nl (Dutch only)
www.tenderned.nl (Dutch only)

International networks

Business Partner Scan (Zakenpartnerscan)

For whom:

SMEs with international ambition and specific plans.

What: 

Throughout the business partner scan the diplomatic posts will introduce you to relevant foreign contacts.

Costs:

€ 500

Requirements:

You must be registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

Contact:

Menno Schrok: menno.schrok@rvo.nl

Enterprise Europe Network EEN (Dutch only)

For whom:

SMEs with international ambition.

What:

This network helps you to innovate and grow internationally. Via contact points in more than 60 countries worldwide, the network advisors help to create international partnerships via b2b matchmaking events, focussed company missions, and a business opportunities database. Contacts looked for vary from agents, distributors, production partners, partners for technological development, license agreements and R&D. The Network is supported by the European Commission and in the Netherlands represented by RVO, KvK and EEN North.

Costs:

Free of charge.

Requirements:

You should have international potential and ambition.

Contact:

Mylène Mesters: mylene.mesters@rvo.nl

More information:

Een-North (Dutch only)

Innovation Attachés (IA-netwerk (Dutch only))

The Innovation Attachés have tailor made information on technical developments and trends in  more than 20  countries in the world. They can offer advice for strategic acquisition on R&D investments.

Contact:

Sabina Hoff, Bart Sattler

The Netherlands: Worldwide network

Embassies, consulates, Netherlands Business Support Offices, Agricultural Counsellors 
The Netherlands has  embassies in capital cities, consulates in key economic centres, Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs) and Agricultural Counsellors in other regions with potential for Dutch companies. They are familiar with local markets, highlight opportunities and give practical advice. Sometimes they can also open doors that others can’t.

Country information

An overview (Dutch only) providing country information on trade legislation,  sectors, numbers and partners.

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