Subsidies & Funding

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Project Management

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Business Strategy

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Dutch Subsidies

The Dutch NL Agency (AgentschapNL) supports innovative companies with a financial need through the Innovation Credit facility ("Innovatiekrediet" in Dutch). 

Innovatiekrediet: support for companies

The "Innovatiekrediet" support is intended for companies with activities based in the Netherlands, Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba that have clear plans, good management as well as a real need for the Innovation Credit to overcome the financial hurdle.

Funding consists of 45% (small SMEs), 35% (midsize SMEs) or 25% (large companies) of the (eligible) project costs. For definitions of small, midsize and large companies, please see here (in Dutch). If the work entails a collaboration, funding rates are 50%/50%/40%, respectively. Funding is a maximum of € 10.000.000 and a maximum duration of 4 years (or up to 6 years in case of certification need). The minimum project size is €150,000.

Why contact ttopstart for your innovatiekrediet application

Companies must deliver a 1) business plan 2) project plan and 3) funding plan. ttopstart has successfully supported multiple companies, including AIMM Therapeutics, with the submission of an Innovation Credit application. Contact us if you want to know more on how we can support your company with the preparation of the Innovation Credit application. For more information on Innovation Credit please visit the website of NL Agency (RVO). 


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With the Open Technology Programme (OTP) TTW (previously STW) aims to achieve knowledge transfer between technical sciences and end-users of research results. 

TTW-OTP (previously STW-OTP): support for companies, hospitals and insurance companies

These end-users can include companies, hospitals and insurance companies. A users committee with representatives of minimally three different end-users that express their interest in the outcomes of the project should be included in the project application.

The open character of the programme provides a continuous opportunity for scientists at Dutch universities to propose applied projects. Proposed projects are assessed on both scientific quality and utilisation. 

Applications to TTW-OTP

Applications can be made for grants up to €750.000 (or €1.000.000 in case of projects with large investment). Any amount above €500.000 needs to be cofinanced (either in-kind or financial) by the end-users for 25%. The grant covers costs of material, investment, temporary personnel and foreign travel.


This is a yearly returning call, to learn what is the next deadline please visit our Life Sciences Funding Database.

For more information please visit the STW website or contact us

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ttopstart provides strategic support in TTW-OTP applications, including support in defining the project and writing the grant proposal. Contact us to find out what we can do for you.


ir. Jasper Levink

The Dutch NWO Domain TTW (Applied and Engineering Sciences), previously called STW, aims to add economic value through novel technologies that provide solutions to societal issues. This is realised by bringing together scientists and users, supervising projects towards optimal knowledge transfer, and funding excellent research projects in the applied and engineering sciences.

TTW Perspectief

The aim of the Perspectief programme is to realise both economic and societal impact for relevant issues in Dutch society, by supporting ambitious large-scale projects. Projects in Perspectief have the following characteristics:

  • A multidisciplinary approach towards the development of technological advances;
  • Collaborations with end-users of the applications;
  • Co-financing by private parties;
  • Activities specifically focused on valorisation and entrepreneurship.

Through the programme, new research lines should be developed, existing networks should be improved, and public and private parties should collaborate closely.

Applications to TTW Perspectief

To achieve all goals mentioned above, an excellent consortium needs to be formed that can apply for a maximum of €4 million to fund the full proposed programme. Within the proposed programme, several projects should together achieve the goals, with a maximum allocation of €750,000 per project. Co-financing requirements are set at the level of the programme: 15% of financial means in cash and 30% of total programme costs in cash and/or in kind.

The programme consortium should include at least three universities, in addition to the inclusion of parties from the full chain of users of the technology. Applications can be submitted by a researcher from a Dutch university or NWO-recognized institute, and this main applicant will become programme leader after the proposal is funded. This programme leader is then responsible for coherence of the programme and the achievement of the proposed goals through the specific projects.


Submission of an application for TTW Perspectief is organised in three phases. Phase 1 consists of a submission of a Programme-initiative, phase 2 includes an initial Programme-design and lastly, selected proposals should submit a detailed Programme-design in phase 3. 

For more information about criteria and upcoming deadlines visit our Life Sciences Funding Database.

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We can help you develop a winning project and project proposal with our proven FFWD method for winning grant proposals. Contact us to find out what we can do for you.


Patrick de Boer, MSc
+31 (0)653897487

Technological innovation is of great importance for the success of the Dutch knowledge economy.

WBSO: R&D support for entrepreneurs

The WBSO (R&D tax credit) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs provides entrepreneurs an incentive to invest in research and development. The WBSO can be used to lower the wage costs for R&D and other R&D costs and expenditures, such research equipment. Companies pay less wage tax and national insurance contributions and self-employed individuals can make use of a fixed deduction.

Conditions for WBSO funding

To successfully apply for the WBSO your R&D project must meet the following conditions before you can apply for the WBSO:

  • the proposed R&D activities take place in your own company;
  • the technological development is new to your organisation;
  • the development is accompanied by technical problems and
  • the R&D work has yet to take place.

Applications must be received one month before the start of the period for which these facilities are required. A maximum of three applications may be made per calendar year. You may determine for yourself the period (no fewer than three and no more than twelve calendar months in length) for which the application is being submitted.

WBSO and RDA merge

Recently the complete WBSO and RDA system has undergone a big change where both funding schemes are merged into a single scheme. This means that you can apply for a WBSO tax credit for both the wage costs of an R&D project and its other costs and expenses. Read more about this in our news message on this topic. 

Contact ttopstart for more information.


Patrick de Boer, MSc
+31 (0)653897487

MIT has been designed to support innovation in the Dutch regions and topsectors. 

MIT: funding to boost inovation of Dutch SMEs

MIT has a toolbox of different funding instruments (such as feasibility projects and R&D collaboration projects) to boost innovation among Dutch SMEs. 

The proposed MIT project should fall into the regional and/or Dutch Topsector roadmaps.

MIT budget

Within the MIT program, 55 mln euros will become available for innovation stimulation. Read more about how the budgets are dispersed on the budget-page on There are different sub-programs within the MIT that support different innovation trajectories for SME's as mentioned before. The basic idea is that MIT covers 35-50% of the costs that you would have to spend on research or advice about innovation.

For more information please contact us.

About KWF

The mission of the KWF Kanker Bestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society) is to beat cancer fully and as soon as possible. KWF aims to achieve this through “More cure, less cancer, better quality of life”.

KWF grants for cancer research

The KWF funds and guides scientific research, specifically encouraging projects of which outcomes can be quickly translated to benefit the patient. In turn, feedback from patient experience should influence subsequent research. The program “Research and Implementation” has been established specifically for this quicker bidirectional translation. Several types of funding are available within this program, which are further discussed below.

KWF funding opportunities

Multiple funding opportunities have been established by KWF to facilitate research projects that fit with KWF’s vision and mission. Each type has its own characteristics and together they make up a wide range of possibilities. These opportunities differ in their amount to apply for, the envisaged duration of a project, the make-up of a collaborative effort, and the academic level of the main applicant. Table 1 summarizes the main differences. In general, the funding types are differentiated on the set-up of the projects, not on specific topic or stage.

KWF grants for cancer research

Table 1. Overview of application criteria

Upcoming deadlines

Calls for Consortia, Onderzoeksprojecten, Young Investigator Grant, Unieke Hoogrisicoprojecten and Implementatieprojecten are all opened in the same cycle, with two rounds per year. The submission deadline for the current call is December 19, 2018 (round 2019-I). "Infrastructurele initiatieven" will not be available in this round. Keep an eye on our Life Sciences Funding Database to stay up-to-date on these calls.

Developing a successful KWF proposal

At ttopstart, we are highly experienced in KWF funding. Our experts have developed simple, yet effective, steps to find your personal fit with KWF opportunities. In this resource we help you identify your trajectory and select your form of financing for KWF grants.

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ttopstart can empower your cancer research project, by selecting the best Fit and financing for your case. We can also handle the writing of the grant proposal. Contact us to find out more!