SenterNovem is an agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which administers a large number of grant schemes and implements sustainability and innovation-based programmes on behalf of the government. Many of these instruments are primarily aimed at the business sector, but cooperation with knowledge institutes is possible or indeed required in many cases.
The most important SenterNovem schemes are:
The R&D Promotion Act (WBSO)
The WBSO is a tax credit scheme designed to promote innovation in the business sector through a reimbursement of salary costs. University research on behalf of businesses (contract research) is also eligible for WBSO.
The grants desk handles WBSO applications for VU University Amsterdam. If you are conducting a technical R&D project on behalf of a business or businesses, you can contact the grants desk.
Energy Research Grant (EOS)
The Energy Research Grant (EOS) is intended to enhance knowledge of energy-efficiency and renewable energy in the Netherlands.
Energy Transition is an innovation agenda aimed at the provision of renewable energy in the Netherlands in 2050.
Ministry of Economic Affairs nnovation-oriented grant instruments
Since 1 January 2009, the grant instruments of the Ministry of Economic Affairs have been classified into four umbrella grant schemes:
|Innoveren||Innovation vouchers||Innovation Performance Contracts||Innovation credits/ Eurostars|
|Sterktes in Innovatie||Strengths in innovation International Innovation||Innovation-oriented research programmes||Innovation programmes|
|Sterktes in de Regio||Regional strengths Peaks in the Delta||European Regional Development Fund|
|Starten, Groeien en Overdragen v. Ondernemingen||Starting, growing and transferring businesses Technopartner SEED facility||Decree on guarantees for credits to SMEs||Growth facility|