Research & Development

Last checked on:
27 January 2023
Published on:
29 October 2021

Innovation can be of great value for the competitive position of your company. Research & Development (R&D) helps you grow your company, stay ahead of your competitors and save money. Take some time to see if you can reserve a part of your annual budget for R&D. With a healthy R&D budget, you can focus on developing or improving products, services, and processes. R&D may create opportunities in new or existing markets.

R&D in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a long and strong tradition of developing innovative projects worldwide. In sectors such as water, energy, and food security, we lead international R&D in new technologies.
Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes often seek cooperation with partners abroad. We want to create projects that have a long-lasting local impact worldwide. So, we offer subsidies and programmes for innovation projects and R&D.

R&D subsidies

Innovative entrepreneurs in the Netherlands can apply for our R&D programmes. These programmes are available for small and medium-sized businesses and multinationals, start-ups and 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. The programmes are:

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 carry out R&D work.

Horizon Europe

Through Horizon Europe, the European Commission and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy increases Europe's competitive position. Horizon Europe strengthens scientific knowledge and stimulates innovation.

Science and Innovation Parks

The Science & Innovation Parks in the Netherlands offer R&D services: cooperation, funding and coaching. All partners have incubation facilities in place. 

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