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MIT Subsidy for SMEs

The MIT subsidy offers support to companies in the SME sector setting up innovative projects. By means of this subsidy, the government encourages the development of projects that connect with one or more themes of the Top Sectors. This subsidy scheme consists of three instruments, each of which can be applied for your project.

Top sectors:

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  • Agri & Food
  • Chemicals & Energy including Biobased
  • Creative Industry
  • High-tech Systems & Materials and ICT
  • Life Science & Health
  • Logistics
  • Horticulture & Propagation Materials
  • Water

Feasibility study – MIT Subsidy

The feasibility study tool maps the economic and technical opportunities of the innovation project to be carried out. The feasibility study consists mainly of desk research, patent research, evaluation of available technology and potential partners and market research. The subsidy consists of 40% of the eligible costs, which amounts to € 25,000 per feasibility study.

R & D collaboration project

Another instrument of the MIT subsidy is the R & D cooperation project. It is a collaboration between at least two SME entrepreneurs and the project must have a connection with the Top Sectors. The cooperation between the companies often focuses on the development of a product or its renewal, but it can also be a service or a production process. The partnership must be balanced, which means that one partner is allowed to account for a maximum of 70% of the costs. The subsidy for an R & D collaborative project consists of 35% of the eligible costs, which can amount to € 200,000 per project. The assessment of the application takes place on the basis of its quality, whereby we, as a subsidiary, are happy to help you.

R & D cooperation project grand

A large R&D collaboration project deviates on various points from an R&D collaboration project. A large R&D collaboration project can be submitted by a joint venture of SME entrepreneurs. The subsidy level is at least € 200,000 and a maximum of € 350,000 per innovation project of which at least € 75,000 and at most € 200,000 per participant.

Expertise vouchers

An entrepreneur (SME) has the opportunity to purchase expertise from an institution with this voucher. The SME entrepreneur formulates a know-how question for the renewal of a product, production process or service. The entrepreneur must then contact an institution that can answer the question in question. The voucher will pay approximately 50% of the costs to the institution. The maximum subsidy is € 3,750.


  • You can apply for the Feasibility Study until 7 april 2020 (you need to file your application at day 1 of the opening)
  • For the R&D collaboration project, apply between 11 June and 10 September.
  • The application for Expertise Vouchers is continuous, apply between 9 April and 10 September.

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