Do you have an innovative SME with international ambitions? Do you want to invest in a foreign company or carry out a project abroad? Or do you want to convince possible customers of the potential of your technology? Then you can apply for the subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation projects (DHI).
The DHI scheme consists of 3 modules:
- Demonstration projects: presentation of technology, capital goods or service in one of the DHI countries.
- Feasibility studies: assessment of the profitability of a foreign investment in a product or service.
- Investment preparation projects: assessment of the technical and commercial profitability of an investment in a company in one of the DHI countries.
DHI focuses on SMEs in the Kingdom of the Netherlands with international ambitions. The European Commission's SME self-assessment questionnaire tells you whether you are an SME entrepreneur.
DHI summary video
The DHI scheme is open to projects in all countries, with the exception of the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and possibly countries that are subject to international sanctions. Depending on where companies are located in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, they can apply for DHI-projects in other parts of the Kingdom:
- Companies located in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba can apply for DHI projects in Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and all countries outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They cannot apply for the European part of the Kingdom, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
- Companies located in Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten can apply for DHI projects in countries outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They cannot apply for the European part of the Kingdom, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten.
- Companies located in the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands can apply for DHI projects in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and countries outside the Kingdom. They cannot apply for the European part of the Kingdom.
Some countries are subject to international sanctions. We review applications for DHI projects in these countries very carefully. When a country is subject to international sanctions, it is possible that projects cannot get DHI support.
Please contact us if you are not sure if this applies to your project.
With the DHI scheme, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to increase and strengthen the number of Dutch companies successfully doing business in foreign markets.
DHI makes a positive contribution to sustainable local development in developing countries. The subsidy scheme also contributes to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Visit Aiddata.rvo.nl for a complete list of DHI projects. This portal offers an overview of all official development aid (ODA) projects and programmes executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. You can refine your search by using filter options such as country, sector and programme.
Information in Dutch
Visit our Dutch website for more information about DHI.