Collectively, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and regions provide budget (expected 55 million euros) for the MIT arrangement 2017. The application date windows are as follows:

Knowledge vouchers

An SME entrepreneur can present a knowledge voucher to a centre of expertise for a scientific inquiry into a research question. Applications will be processed in order of receipt. Application window: 11 April to 7 September 2017.  

Innovation consultancy projects

For obtaining advice and recommendations on innovation from a centre of expertise or independent consultancy. This may involve finding the answer to a research question or addressing a request for advice. Applications will be processed in order of receipt. Application window: 11 April to 7 September 2017.

Feasibility projects

For identifying the technical and financial risks potentially involved in a proposed innovation project. This year funding budget per project is Applications will be processed in order of receipt. Application window: 11 April to 7 September 2017.

R&D joint venture

For working with at least one other SME to innovate or develop a product, production process or service. Application window: 3 July to 7 September 2017. The structure is a call for tenders.

Get inspired by these SMEs

Read the stories of SMEs who previously made use of the MIT Scheme (in Dutch). For example the development of the 'Mydiagnostick' of Applied Biomedical Systems (ABS). Or the 'Buckyballs' of Siert Bruins which conductive molecules that can embed all kind of agents.


If you have questions, are looking for partners, or if you would like advice on your ideas for an innovative project, please call Customer Contact Centre of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency: 088 042 42 42.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will soon be updating the information on the MIT scheme on their website.

New call on Big Data & Health ‘DATA2PERSON’ open

NWO has opened the call for applications DATA2PERSON – Big Data & Health. This call, as part of the COMMIT2DATA programme, aims to contribute to the development of effective, efficient, and responsible personal empowerment methods for a future healthy society. Consortiums of at least two academic departments and at least one public or private partner can apply for funding.


COMMIT2DATA is focused on strengthening knowledge, valorisation, and dissemination of data science, stewardship, and technology for the top sectors. This programme places great emphasis on monitoring and community management using a monitoring and dissemination plan. A focused approach is needed to shift the boundaries of contemporary data science and big-data solutions. COMMIT2DATA focusses on the way in which Data Science can make a contribution to a personalized offer and possibilities for the self/joint-management of the individual health situation.

In addition to Data Science, the input of other relevant scientific disciplines towards the DATA2PERSON call is necessary. These disciplines need to identify and articulate the issues relating to this call and support the development of a solution-oriented approach or test their effectiveness and feasibility in practice.


This call is a partnership between COMMIT2DATA, NWO Domain Science (ENW) and Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SGW), Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW), National Initiative Brain & Cognition (NIHC), The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW), and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The call is formulated and rolled out in consultation with the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS).

Some important requirements for the call are:

  • Consortiums of at least two academic departments and at least one public/private partner can apply for funding.
  • Per project, the grant is a minimum of € 250,000 and a maximum of € 1 million.
  • Per project, the total project costs are no less than € 500,000 and no more than € 2 million.
  • The total contribution (in cash and in kind) of the public and private partner(s) amounts to a minimum of 30% of the total project costs, or a maximum of 50%.
  • The in kind and in cash contribution of the private and public partner(s) both amount to no less than 15% of the total project costs.
  • The total available budget for projects in this call is € 5,225,000.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5 September 2017.

For further information, conditions, and to apply, please check the call funding page.

Enabling Technologies Hotels opens 4th call for projects

In the Enabling Technologies Hotels (ETH) programme, life sciences researchers can apply for funding to gain access to the high-end equipment and expertise of 120+ Technology Hotels that are listed on the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL) website. The new ETH 2017 call is now open for applications and ready to connect expertise and infrastructure.

Sander Hougee, Programme Officer Life Sciences and Health at ZonMw: “The Enabling Technologies Hotel (ETH) programme offers scientists access to a variety of high-quality Dutch life sciences facilities and expertise.”

Technological expertise

ZonMw and NWO have set up the ETH programme in collaboration with DTL to stimulate open access of Dutch research facilities within the framework of public-private partnerships. The programme contributes to the aims of the Top Sectors LSH, Agri & Food, and Horticulture & Starting Materials. In the period 2013 to 2015, three calls have been held that resulted in 95 granted projects. Many grant recipients have indicated that they will continue collaborating after the ETH project, for instance by jointly writing grant proposals or by financing follow-up research from their own sources of funding. Therefore the programme has already resulted in fruitful new collaborations.

Jan Raaijmakers, chairman of the Top Sector LSH: “I am extremely pleased that we now have a possibility for early-career scientists to embed high-end technologies in their research. This also nicely fits within the ‘human capital agenda’ of the top sectors.”

What is new?

With a 1.8 million euros budget, the 2017 programme is twice the size of the previous call and can provide far more project grants. The 2017 budget will be evenly distributed over two different types of research projects:

  1. Public-private projects, i.e. collaborations between academic and industrial scientists. Projects in this category are asked to include the company as co-applicant. The companies are required to provide 10% co-funding in cash and/or in kind. The main applicant is a scientist at a Dutch academic research organisation, with no restrictions regarding the time since the applicant's PhD graduation.
  2. Early-career scientist projects, where it is not necessary to involve a company as co-applicant. The main applicant should be a scientist at a Dutch academic research organisation who obtained a PhD less than nine years ago.

This last type is new for the 2017 call and has arisen in response to the ideas expressed by the evaluation committee and programme committee on support for early scientists. With this initiative scientists will be able to use unique technological expertise for both academic and industrial life science organisations in the Netherlands

More information

Deadline for applications is 29 August 2017 at 14:00.

Source: DTL

Eurostars, a great funding opportunity for SMEs in the Life Sciences & Health sector

Eurostars has already supported many Dutch life sciences & health companies and research organisations and offers great funding opportunities for the Dutch LSH sector. Did you know roughly 55% of all funded projects with Dutch participation are life sciences & health related?

In the Netherlands an annual amount of € 18 million is available for funding. With 2 submission deadline dates per year, a fair success rate, relatively short time-to-contract and extensive support from makes this programme SME friendly! Next submission deadline is 14 September 2017.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (, and more specifically the Department of International Research & Innovation is the national contact point for all questions related to EUREKA and Eurostars in the Netherlands. More info:

A few project examples with Dutch involvement:

Health Technology Assessment as an eye opener

Where the Value Voucher helped Adjuvo Motion to look for new business opportunities

NWO Re-opens Responsible Innovation Call

In many innovation processes ethical and social aspects play an important role. Responsible innovation takes into account these aspects from the start to allow innovations to meet long-term social needs and values. Ethical and social requirements for new services and products can also act as an enhancer of innovation. MVI research deals with these aspects and generally takes place in close interaction with stakeholders.

Call for proposals

The MVI-call for proposals is open until 7 September 2017, 14.00 hrs, targeting on consortia of researchers and companies. The main applicant is an experienced researcher with a PhD degree and an affiliation at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO. In addition, a consortium always has at least one private party that provides a matching contribution to the project. Part of the required matching may also come from (semi) public parties. Applications can be submitted for large projects (250.000 euro) and for small projects (125.000 euro).

More information

Interested parties who want to stay informed can also sign in to the LinkedIn group MVImatch.