The most important subsidy and funding news of Prinsjesdag 2021

22 Sep 2021

This week, the outgoing cabinet presented its plans for next year. Most of the plans are cautious, but problems such as climate change, housing shortage and safety cannot wait and can already be found in the budget.

Hezelburcht has put the most important subsidy news in a row. We highlight the themes High Tech and Lifesciences for you.

High Tech and Informatietechnology (IT)

Deep tech fund for investments in innovative complex technologies

The Deep Tech Fund enables investments in companies with innovative complex technologies. It is often difficult to find financing for these kinds of companies, which are both knowledge- and capital-intensive. In addition, it often involves technologies that have not yet been proven and that carry relatively high risks. The fund will be set up as a co-investment fund and as a separate fund housed at Invest-NL. It will have a budget of € 250 million, of which € 175 million will be contributed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Change and the rest by Invest-NL.

300 million for the Netherlands' participation in IPCEIs ME2 and CIS

A budget of € 300 million will be made available for the Netherlands' participation in the IPCEI Microelectronics 2 (ME2) for modern and sustainable micro/nanoelectronics and the IPCEI Cloud Infrastructure and Services (CIS) for cloud infrastructure and services. IPCEIs consist of a large-scale, European consortium around a value chain. The exact financing needs of the Dutch participants will not be known until the final composition of the IPCEIs is known.

Retraining for ICT and technology

In a parliamentary letter at the end of August 2021, a budget of € 37.5 million was made available for the subsidy scheme Retraining for Promising Occupations in ICT and Engineering for 2021. In 2022, this scheme will be continued with a budget of € 40 million (including implementation costs). It is expected that with this amount another 10,000 people can be retrained structurally to these promising sectors.

Life Sciences & Health (LSH)

Strengthening research and science

High-quality science and innovation are necessary to solve social issues and create future earning capacity. In addition, future talent must be trained and Dutch researchers must be able to continue to compete successfully at a global level. European research consortia play an important role in this. Although no concrete investments have been announced, it remains important to invest in the Dutch research and science system.

Promoting the interests of Dutch science within Horizon Europe

In order to keep our science world-class, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is working hard to promote the interests of Dutch science within Horizon Europe. The new programme will have its first full year of implementation in 2022. Participation in this programme is of great importance to continue working with the top of science in Europe.

Structural € 24.9 million for NWO-TTW

For the NWO domain of Applied and Technical Sciences € 24.9 million will be made available annually. This will give companies and other organisations the opportunity to invest in research that matches their own research needs. This contribution is aimed at the mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation policy.

Written by
Corinne Moerman

marketing & communicatie

Corinne Moerman
Source: Hezelburcht

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