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If you want to invest in industrial research, the following arrangements may be interesting for you.

Proof of Concept (Vroegefasefinanciering, VFF)

For whom:

• SME businesses (small and medium-sized)
• innovative startups (≤ 5 years old)
• academic innovative startups (whose economic activities directly and immediately result from research by a university or academic hospital)

What:

A loan to research whether your idea is potentially feasible in the market.

Amounts:

Minimal project size: € 50,000

Requirements:

• a business plan showing you will grow substantially.
• a declaration of intent from the future investor, who will finance your proof-of-concept/innovation phase. This has to at least equal the amount you receive from the government.

Contact:

Heidi van Hooff: heidi.vanhooff@rvo.nl

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

Eurostars (Dutch only)

For whom:

R&D-intensive SME’s who want to perform research and development resulting in a marketable product, process or service.

What:

Funding for your part in an international R&D project between organizations from at least 2 Eurostars member states.

Amounts:

€ 500,000 of funding op Dutch project activities.

Requirements:

R&D intensive (5-10 FTE’s or >10% of FTE’s or 10% of their turnover dedicated to R&D activities)

 Contact:

Arnold Meijer: arnold.meijer@rvo.nl

MIT

For whom:

SME’s

What:

•advisory projects
•feasibility projects
•R&D-cooperation projects
•knowledge vouchers

Contact:

Robert van Haaften: robert.vanhaaften@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 consortium.

What:

The Topsector Energy 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 Energy? 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, startups), 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.

Applied Research:

At an early stage consider whether you want to protect or share your invention, or keep it secret. Most likely, your invention is an improvement of existing techniques. In order to find out whether your invention is new and you can therefore apply for a patent, you need to research the patent databases.

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.

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:

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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