Subsidy in the spotlight: Operational Program East (OP-East)

Hey, entrepreneur! Are you currently active in the Dutch provinces Overijssel or Gelderland? In other words, do you currently innovate in Enschede, Zwolle, Nijmegen or Arnhem? If you are currently working on creating a low-carbon economy in either of these provinces, then we’ve got great news! You can apply for an OP-Oost (or, in English: OP-East) subsidy that would support your enterprise. But don’t wait long, because you have less than a month to apply!

Are you eligible?

If you are the owner of an innovative SME company situated in Overijssel or Gelderland, then you’re already half-way through being eligible for the subsidy. First, what’s important to point out is that to be eligible, you are expected to operate in a High-Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) sector. Hence, this means that you are typically working on new components, new materials and new functionalities for the high-tech sector. Research areas that are relevant are:

  1. Embedded systems
  2. Advanced materials
  3. Photonics
  4. ICT research
  5. Medical technology
  6. Mechatronics
  7. Microelectronics
  8. Sensor technology
  9. Nanotechnology
  10. Technical sciences
  11. Fluid dynamics. 

However, don’t worry if you’re not active in this field – there is still a chance that you could get this subsidy! This is because other sectors eligible include:

1. The Health sector
2. Energy
3. Agro & Food
4. The Environmental sector (including bio-based economy initiatives).

To make the eligibility criteria even broader, the good news is that if you’re innovating between sectors such as ICT, Chemistry, Water, Creative sector or the Manufacturing industry sector, then you’re also one step closer to getting this subsidy. 

So now the big question is: do you have the guts to apply for this subsidy yourself or will you ask us, the subsidy experts, to do it for you? 

To make your decision-making easier, have a look at some of our articles where our clients testify to the fact that we, MK Subsidy, are The Subsidy Consultant that you’ve always wished for:

  1. Rasp & FreshStrips testimonial
  2. TicTag testimonial
  3. Need The Globe testimonial

How much money could you get?

This is an obvious question that you might ask. Different projects require different investments and therefore, the following budgets for this subsidy have been agreed on:

  • General innovation and technological development: for innovators in Overijssel, you could get up to €11,200,000 and for innovators in Gelderland, €6,900,000 is available
  • Low-carbon innovation: for innovators in Overijssel, you could get up to €7,900,000 and for innovators in Gelderland, €9,500,000 is available.

Apply now!

Since the deadline for applications for this subsidy is on the 31st October 2019, we advise you to contact us as soon as possible, if you are willing to get your project up and running fast. Because this subsidy is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that if others are faster in applying, less subsidy budget would be available for your innovative efforts, pitch your idea to us now and we’ll use our expertise to get you this subsidy. Go, go, go!

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