• Below, you will find an overview of the schemes and calls that are currently relevant for creative professionals and enterprising researchers. You will also find opportunities for collaboration and answers to your innovation questions.


Programmes | collaboration | knowledge questions


Innovation brokers

For entrepreneurs | Continuous

An innovation broker can contribute ideas to SMEs who want to innovate within the mission-driven top sectors and innovation policy. They can contribute ideas about, for example, the process, the content, the network and the financing of projects. They do this by organising innovation sessions, by 1-on-1 guidance or by guiding you through a validation process.

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Connection between entrepreneurs and researchers


For entrepreneurs & researchers | Continuous

GoCI accelerates innovation in the creative industries. As a creative professional, do you want to know more about knowledge-driven research and development into opportunities for innovation, do you have an innovation need or are you looking for partners? Or are you as a researcher looking for SMEs in the creative industries to do research with? GoCI can help.

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Collaboration | knowledge questions | systematic solutions


For entrepreneurs | Continuous

Are you an investigative entrepreneur in the creative industry? Do you have a good idea, but are you looking for partners, knowledge or systematic solutions? Do you want to start a project on a major social challenge, but are you running up against barriers? CLICKNL offers entrepreneurs in the creative industry the stage!

programme | public private partnerships

PPS grant

For researchers & entrepreneurs | Continuous

TKI CLICKNL has been set up with the aim of strengthening public private partnerships in research and innovation in the Creative Industry. This includes, amongst others, inviting those interested to apply for a so-called PPS grant. TKI CLICKNL can apply for a PPS project grant from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) to help finance public private research projects. The PPS can lead to a grant of 30% above the private contributions for each research project.

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Continuous call | Internet projects with social value

SIDN Fund: Continuous call pioneers

For entrepreneurs | Continuous

Do you have a promising idea for an internet project with social value? A project that contributes to a strong internet with strong users? And are you looking for funding to develop your idea into a demo, pilot or experimental design? Starting now, you can continuously submit an application (applications up to 10,000 euros) to SIDN Fonds.

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Fiscal programme | research & development


For entrepreneurs | Continuous

Are you an entrepreneur in the creative industry who carries out research or development projects? And do you want to lower your R&D costs? Then maybe you can use the R&D tax credit programme WBSO. With the WBSO, companies can lower the wage costs for R&D and other R&D costs and expenditures, such as prototypes or research equipment. You can deduct the tax benefit in your tax return to the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration.

Temporary Calls

NWA Gezondheidsverschillen

Health Inequalities

For researchers | Deadline pre-registration: 13 April, 2021

Health Inequalities - Promoting Health Potential of People with Lower Socioeconomic Status. Relatively large health disadvantages occur among people in a lower socio-economic position. How can this health potential be better addressed and utilised?

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SPRONG round 1

For researchers | Deadline: 13 April, 2021

SPRONG stimulates collaboration between research groups from different universities of applied sciences that have the potential to develop into a powerful SPRONG group within 8 years. A SPRONG group consists of a collaboration between (at least) 2 universities of applied sciences and partners in practice, such as companies from the professional field (e.g. SMEs), public institutions and governments.

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Take-off HBO | Submission round April

For researchers | Deadline: 13 April, 2021

As a student, teacher or researcher at a university of applied sciences, do you have a creative idea, based on research results, that is a possible solution to a social problem? Take-off hbo offers you the financial scope to conduct a feasibility study. This way, you can map out the technical and economic opportunities and risks of your idea.


Urban Transformation Capacities

For researchers | Deadline: 15 April, 2021

JPI Urban Europe's transnational call urban transformation capacities is aimed at international consortia of researchers and social parties who collaborate with the public and / or private sector. The consortium deploys various relevant disciplines for this. Fundamental, applied and practice-oriented research can be part of the project.

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MIT Scheme 2021

For entrepreneurs | Opens: 20 April, 2021

Many societal challenges require new transitions. And you, as a creative professional, can contribute to those! But, of course, you'll need money for that. That is why, as an SME, you can turn to the RVO to participate in the MIT scheme. The SME innovation stimulation Region and Top Sectors (MIT) scheme stimulates innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises, within the four mission themes.

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Netspar Theme Grants

For researchers | Deadline: 20 April, 2021

Netspar supports innovative academic research on all aspects of the social sciences related to aging and retirement. Proposals must link up with the Netspar research agenda.

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KIC Maritime High-tech for safer seas

For researchers | Deadline pre-registration: 22 April 2021

The future of the Netherlands as a maritime trading nation depends on continued access to safe seas. Technological, geopolitical and global developments are a threat to security on the seas and increase maritime risks. To ensure an effectively functioning maritime security chain, the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Netherlands Coastguard must be able to respond to all current and future security challenges.


eHealth R&D Project Switserland - Netherlands

For entrepreneurs | Deadline pre-proposal 30 April, 2021

This bilateral call aims at stimulating the development of innovative solutions for improving children’s health management in a family/school environment. Switzerland and the Netherlands are jointly announcing a bilateral call for project proposals.

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Grip on Disinformation

For entrepreneurs | Deadline: 3 May, 2021

SIDN Fund is inviting proposals for projects involving the development of tools and instruments for getting a grip on disinformation (deliberately misleading information distributed with a view to manipulating public opinion). Disinformation in itself is not a new phenomenon; what is new is the speed and scale of its dissemination via social media, online platforms and synthetic media. It’s a development to which we -as a society- haven’t found a good answer yet.


KIC Energy transition as a socio-technical challenge

For researchers | Deadline pre-registration: 11 May, 2021

Our energy supply is changing. Fossil fuels that we use for heat, electricity and transport are making way for renewable sources, and decentralised energy supply is increasing. This research programme focuses on Innovations in the built environment, mobility and energy systems in order to contribute to an energy transition.

HiTMaT Call


For researchers | Deadline: 18 May, 2021

HiTMaT is a competition between the best R&D proposals for high-tech PPP solutions that offer social themes and missions in the Netherlands. Topics covered include cybersecurity by design, ultrasonic brain modulation, optimisation of traffic flow in the city, extraction of nitrogen compounds from manure and eco-efficient and circular construction.

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KIEM GoCI | Submission round 2

For entrepreneurs & researchers | Deadline: 18 May 2021

The KIEM GoCI scheme subsidises and facilitates one-year exploratory research and / or practice-oriented research. The aim of the scheme is to stimulate and set up new partnerships between SMEs and knowledge institutions.

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HEI Initiative

For researchers | Deadline: 25 May, 2021

The HEI Initiative aims to help higher education institutions to build the capacity to innovate and to teach innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, the initiative aims to encourage these institutions to look at their own practices and develop concrete actions to increase their impact on their ecosystems. Highter education institutions are invited to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity.

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KIC Data and Intelligence

For researchers | Deadline pre-registration: 27 May 2021

Security professionals need to have access to timely, accurate and targeted information to do their job. This information is essential in the fight against complex subversive crime, to support the criminal justice system and forensic investigations, to carry out the work of the intelligence services and the Ministry of Defence, and to coordinate the response to disasters. In short, information is indispensable for public and national security in a constantly changing society and geopolitical climate.

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First come first serve

MIT R&D Collaborative projects

For entrepreneurs | Opens: 1 June, 2021

An SME entrepreneur can apply for an R&D collaboration project on behalf of a partnership. An R&D collaboration project focuses on the development or innovation of products, production processes or services. The project consists of industrial research and / or experimental development, carried out by a partnership of at least 2 SME entrepreneurs. Deadline: September 10, 2020.

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Climate adaptation and health

For researchers | Deadline pre-registration: 3 June, 2021

This call for proposals calls upon knowledge institutions, civil society organisations and other interested parties to develop practice-oriented research proposals on the theme ‘Climate adaptation and health: A healthy living environment for people, animals and plants in times of climate change’.

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KIC Human Capital

For researchers | Deadline: 15 June, 2021

In the programme Human Capital, researchers and professional practitioners study how the connection between education and the employment market can be improved. How can companies make effective use of their human capital? Which 21st-century skills are important for children, and how can they best acquire these? And which underlying neurocognitive learning principles and neurophysiological effects play a role in this?

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KIC Social Earning Capacity

For researchers | Deadline pre-registration: 17 June, 2021

Innovation is essential for a vibrant economy that also tackles societal challenges. This requires interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaboration, (further) development of, among other things, revenue models, new forms of collaboration and behavioural change, innovation methodologies, governance and financing models and policy.

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Vital cities and towns #1

For entrepreneurs | Deadline: 30 June, 2021

The call offers space for approximately 200 innovation vouchers, with which local authorities and semi-public organisations can call in extra design power to explore and strengthen their policy. With the vouchers they can commission spatial designers and researchers for a design study into the local consequences of these major tasks.

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Take-off hbo | Submission round September

For researchers | Deadline: 21 September, 2021

As a student, teacher or researcher at a university of applied sciences, do you have a creative idea, based on research results, that is a possible solution to a social problem? Take-off hbo offers you the financial scope to conduct a feasibility study. This way, you can map out the technical and economic opportunities and risks of your idea.

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KIEM GoCI | Submission round 4

For entrepreneurs & researchers | Deadline: 30 november 2021

The KIEM GoCI scheme subsidises and facilitates one-year exploratory research and / or practice-oriented research. The aim of the scheme is to stimulate and set up new partnerships between SMEs and knowledge institutions.

More regulations & Calls

This is just a selection of all the available regulations & calls. Also have a look at Creative Industries Fund NL, SIDN fund, RVO, NWO, NPO Fund and Regieorgaan SIA.