MIT Scheme 2021

Aging healthier, sufficient clean water, plastic-free waters, sufficient and healthy food, a safe Netherlands to live and work. This is just a small selection of the many societal challenges that 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.

The MIT scheme has three instruments for SMEs

  • Feasibility projects
    Do you want to carry out a feasibility project to map the technical and economic risks of a proposed innovation project? Such as a literature search, market survey or industrial research? For feasibility studies that last no longer than a year.

  • R&D Cooperation
    Do you work with other SMEs to develop or innovate products, production processes or services? For projects from 142k.

  • Knowledge vouchers
    Focused on coming into contact with knowledge institutions and making better use of available knowledge.

The MIT scheme in 2021
The MIT scheme is a bit different in 2021 compared to previous years. In the new set-up, the mission-driven innovation themes are leading and all applications can be submitted via the regional counter. The MIT Feasibility is expected to be opened in mid-April 2021 and has a 'first come, first serve' principle. So be quick! The available funds are expected to be exhausted shortly after opening.

More information about the MIT scheme

An overview
Your application must...

  • contribute to the societal challenges in the mission-driven top sector policy
    The proposals for the MIT scheme must fit within the thematic choices that the top sector creative industries makes in the mission-driven innovation policy, as described in the KIA Resilience of the creative industries. These choices are summarised below, with a brief description of the challenges.

  • lead to the development of an integrated and innovative solution
    The solutions (products, services or processes) can be both physical and virtual. From the perspective of the creative industries, integral means that viability and desirability (for people and society) are central and technology is deployed and developed to serve them. Pay attention to the conditions of the MIT scheme.

  • bring about an acceleration of innovation and strengthen the competitive strength of the Dutch industries
    Accelerating innovation is crucial for tackling societal challenges in a timely and effective manner. This requires an idea in which the approach and the solutions are, among other things, embedded in the regional context, as described in the KIA Social Earning Capacity. Scalability and an economic return are indispensable.

Have a look at the bottom of this page for some concrete examples!

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The role of the creative industries

Creative SMEs are indispensable in finding solutions for major social challenges. As a sector, we develop products, services and interventions that help people to make the right choices, to inform them, to live more sustainably and healthily and to embed new technologies in valuable new applications.

People are central to everything we do.

Whether on a large or small scale, tangible or virtual. In this way, we strengthen the innovation capacity of the Netherlands and - more importantly - society. At the same time, these are opportunities for the sector to invest in, and with good preparation and research, you can become a leader.

Four mission themes
Of course, we can't tackle major societal challenges alone. Science, applied research, companies and social organisations must work together to achieve this. The Mission-driven innovation policy describes what needs to be done. A number of main themes are central:

  • Energy transition and sustainability
  • Agriculture, water and food
  • Health and care
  • Security

These missions not only require new technology, but also innovation and investment in social and cultural aspects. The approach to this complex problem and multidisciplinary work naturally suit the creative industries well! That's why we, as a sector, like to work on and within all four themes. How? Read it in our KIA Resilience .

Read here how you can contribute substantively to the mission themes

Is it all still a bit unclear? Click here for some more explanation and concrete examples of projects!

The MIT scheme in 2019
The creative industries score well on the feasibility applications in 2019: 203 of the 1,937 applications can be attributed to this sector. A total of € 2.1M subsidy has been awarded to 106 of these applications. That is almost 11% of the nationally awarded subsidy for feasibility applications (€ 19.2M), which puts the creative industries in third place compared to other top sectors.

The sector scores lower on R&D collaboration: 31 of the 452 applications come from the creative industries. Of these, 11 projects have been awarded which receive a subsidy of € 1.9M. That is 4.9% of the total amount of subsidy paid (€ 39M) to R&D collaboration projects. This puts the creative industries in seventh position compared to the other top sectors.

The knowledge vouchers are underused in 2019.


Does the scheme remain a bit abstract for you? Below are stories and more, to clarify the possibilities of the MIT.

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    Case stories: MIT-scheme 2019

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