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Do you own an SME and do you want to work with other SMEs on innovative projects in the top sectors of the Netherlands? You may be eligible for the SME Innovation Stimulus for Regional and Top Sectors (Mkb-innovatiestimulering Regio en Topsectoren, MIT, in Dutch).
In the Netherlands 10 sectors are marked as ‘top sectors’ (in Dutch). Businesses in these sectors can help solve societal issues around the world. Examples of top sectors are: Logistics, Water and Agriculture.
The MIT offers the following instruments:
- A subsidy for a feasibility project (in Dutch) to map the technological and financial risks involved for your innovative project.
- A knowledge voucher (in Dutch) to have a knowledge institute answer questions about your product, production process or service.
- A subsidy for an R&D cooperation project (in Dutch) to create or innovate products, production processes or services with other SMEs.
- A subsidy to hire an innovation broker for advice (in Dutch).
- A subsidy to organise networking events (in Dutch) such as masterclasses, workshops or conferences.
Who can apply?
The conditions are different for each instrument. Consult the instruments above (via the provided links) for more information. You can use the SME self-assessment tool to check if your organisation fits the criteria of an SME.
How to apply?
You cannot apply for this scheme at the moment. You could apply for the 2021 MIT-scheme from 20 April 2021. Application periods for the different instruments vary (in Dutch), but all have been closed for 2021. You could apply to one of the regional offices of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) or to the national office. The 2021 Loketwijzer (in Dutch) helps you to find the correct office. You need eHerkenning level 2+ to apply.