Public-Private Partnership Allowance for R&D - PPP

Last checked on:
14 November 2022
Published on:
27 September 2019

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and Top consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs) can apply for a PPP allowance. Every euro that private companies spend supporting research organisations in R&D cooperation generates an allowance of €0.30 from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. This allowance must be used for R&D.


The budget is 30% of the private cash and other contributions to research organisations for R&D projects in which at least one company and one research organisation are working together. In an R&D partnership, an increased percentage of 40% applies to the first €20,000 in private contributions. Please note that this amount will also apply to private contributions in kind. For example, the hours that a research institution uses a company's equipment can be budgeted as a private contribution in kind.

Private contributions to research projects made by a Dutch public benefit organisation, also apply for a partnership allowance. This is 25% of the PBO contribution. A maximum amount applies for PPP allowances related to PBO contributions. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency processes allowance applications involving PBO contributions in order of receipt, until this ceiling amount has been reached.


  • A partnership must involve at least one Dutch research institution and one entrepreneur.
  • Together participants will determine the extent and size of the partnership project, execute it together and share its risks and results.
  • In order to qualify for the allowance, the entrepreneur must make a substantial private contribution.
  • The project must consist of applied research, industrial research, experimental development or a combination of these.
  • The amount of the private contribution must be described in a partnership contract, including any non-cash contributions.

Joining a TKI

Entrepreneurs and research organisations can get in touch with a TKI in order to request a statement indicating that the project is compatible with the TKI programme, or to join a TKI programme.

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
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