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Research & Development

Research & Development for your company

Innovation can be of great importance for the competitive position of your company. After all, your competitors probably innovate too. R&D helps you grow and save money. Take some time to see if you can reserve a part of your annual budget for research & development (R&D). With R&D you focus on developing or improving products, services, or processes. It can give insights into (new) markets. This way, you stay one step ahead of your competitors.

R&D in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a long and strong tradition of developing innovative projects around the world. In sectors such as water, energy, and food security, we lead international R&D in new technologies.

Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes seek cooperation with partners abroad. We want to create international projects that have a long-lasting local impact. Netherlands Enterprise Agency offers various financing facilities for innovation projects and programmes. See the opportunities below.

R&D subsidies

The government supports entrepreneurs in the Netherlands with subsidies, programmes, and other stimulation. Innovative entrepreneurs in the Netherlands can apply for the R&D schemes such as WBSO or Horizon 2020/Europe. From small and medium-sized businesses to multinationals, from start-ups to family businesses. Whether you are developing innovative software, inventing tools for the construction industry, or designing a more efficient production line for the food industry.

  • WBSO Research & Development tax credit

    WBSO is the legal Act promoting research and development. This Act provides fiscal facilities for companies, knowledge centres and self-employed persons who perform R&D work.

  • Horizon 2020

    Through Horizon 2020, the European Commission and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy aim at increasing Europe's competitive position. It must help to strengthen scientific knowledge and stimulate innovation.

  • Science and 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.

  • Finance opportunities on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba

    Do you want your company to spread its wings in Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba? If so, you will need finance. There are various arrangements that might help.