Industry

Even though we all sometimes wonder about the future of production companies in the Netherlands, this little country still has a very large number of companies who actually make things. In fact, the manufacturing industry is still the second largest national jobs engine, after the service sector. What are we saying? The growth of Dutch export relies on our industry.

At the same time, it’s a well-known fact that competition is growing. To stay ahead of the game, Dutch industry will be forced to keep on developing, which means we should pay as much attention as possible to R&D, technically skilled labour, open innovation and knowledge valorisation.

For these reasons, subsidies are now directed at collaboration projects between companies and/or knowledge institutes, on attracting and educating excellent employees and on top-quality research and development.

Does your company operate in the industry sector and if so, would you like to know which subsidy scheme(s) would benefit your company? If that’s the case, please get in touch with us.

High-tech

The Dutch High-Tech sector features both large and small (SME) companies who have built up a strong global position, particularly in markets such as nanotechnology, semiconductors and medical equipment.

Based on the leading sector High-Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM), the Dutch subsidy policy is predominantly focused on reinforcing collaboration, on sharing knowledge within the sector and on funding innovative projects. Moreover, various subsidy programmes based on the European Horizon 2020 offer a number of opportunities for Dutch High-tech companies.

Does your company operate in the High-Tech sector and if so, would you like to know which subsidy scheme(s) would benefit your company? If that’s the case, please get in touch with us.

ICT

Increasingly, ICT is becoming the mainstay of our trade and industry. Smart Industry, Cyber Security and e-Health are just a few examples of successful and striking innovations that could not have been created without ICT.

As a result, the people who make the decisions concerning the (European) incentive policy have realised that ICT is becoming more and more essential for successfully dealing with social challenges such as ageing, food safety and a low-carbon economy.

That’s why ICT has so much more in the way of subsidies than just the WBSO scheme. For instance, (joint) development and research connected to ICT is now supported by several subsidy programmes. Don’t forget that the difference between a good project and a successful project can depend on funding.

Does your company operate in the ICT sector and if so, would you like to know which subsidy scheme(s) would benefit your company? If that’s the case, please get in touch with us.

Life Science & Health

There’s no doubt that the Netherlands has acquired a very strong position in the global Life Science & Health sector. Both biomedical research and biotechnical research at the Dutch university medical centres and universities is highly esteemed, all over the world. Dutch companies develop pioneering innovations for the rapidly expanding international healthcare market – innovations that will enable healthcare to tackle the challenges obstructing the path to healthy citizens and to a healthy economy without any difficulties.

Moreover, the sector, due to its peerless combination of knowledge and skills, offers amazing opportunities for the Dutch knowledge-based economy.

Does your company operate in the Life Science & Health sector and actively work on innovations and if so, would you like to know which subsidy scheme(s) would benefit your company? If that’s the case, please get in touch with us.

Chemistry

The Dutch chemical (processing) industry is a major player in Western European manufacturing chains and consequently contributes much to this nation’s wealth. Added to which, it is precisely this sector that ensures that relevant, high-quality knowledge stays in the industry to guarantee economic growth.

The chemical sector invests in research and development in the Netherlands to make processes and products more sustainable. Furthermore, the sector is supported by European and national incentive policies that offer plenty of scope for innovative developments related to sustainable process technology, new chemicals and materials and a bio-based economy by means of specific programmes. All this will guarantee employment in Western Europe in the chemical sector and other, related sectors.

Does your company operate in the Chemistry sector and actively work on innovation, and if so, would you like to know which subsidy scheme(s) would benefit your company? If that’s the case, please get in touch with us.

Agriculture and Food

If one sector outdoes them in all as regards innovation and productivity, it has to be Agriculture and Food. In fact, it generates almost 10% of our national income and provides 10% of our employment. And it has made our country a global “prime supplier” to the most renowned and innovative Agriculture and Food companies and knowledge institutes. It’s not surprising that as many as 12 of the 40 most eminent food and beverage companies in the world either conduct their R&D operations in the Netherlands or have a branch here.

The sector covers all operations related to food, from primary processes to processing, preparation, marketing and distribution. The greatest challenges for the Agriculture and Food sector are the continued expansion of the global population, sustainability, the health of humans and animals and food safety.

Does your company operate in the Agriculture and Food sector and actively work on innovation, and if so, would you like to know which subsidy scheme(s) would benefit your company? If that’s the case, please get in touch with us.

Energy & the Environment

Companies and other organisations who invest in the development or operation of energy and environmental technology are becoming increasingly important to our economy. After all, these companies and organisations come up with smart solutions for what are, very often, major social challenges on a global scale in relevant fields such as energy (consumption) and the environment.

We are talking about things like the technology for smart grids, energy storage, generation from sustainable or renewable sources and the transition to a bio-based or circular economy.

Considering the social importance of the development of the technology we mentioned above, any investments in these fields are almost guaranteed support by means of subsidies.

Does your company operate in the Energy & Environment sector and actively work on innovation, and if so, would you like to know which subsidy scheme(s) would benefit your company? If that’s the case, please get in touch with us.