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Research and Development


The Netherlands has a long and strong tradition in deploying innovative projects around the world. In sectors such as water, energy and food security - to name a few - the Netherlands leads the way with international research and development in new technologies.

Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes seek cooperation with partners abroad, creating international projects that often have a long-lasting local impact.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency offers various financing facilities for innovation projects and programmes. See the opportunities below.

Finance opportunities for businesses 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.

WBSO R&D 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

Horizon 2020 is a European Commission programme for financing European research and innovation. Team IRIS (International Research and Innovation Cooperation), a part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, is the Netherlands National Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020 in the Netherlands.

Science and Innovation Parks

12 regional partnerships applied the latest knowledge and insights by working together with entrepreneurs and social enterprises in their region. See this overview of Science and Innovation Parks.