Dutch SME-entrepreneurs play an important role in innovative activities and strengthen the economy. Especially for SME-entrepreneurs, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs offers certain instruments in the program for SME Innovation stimulation Top-sectors (or in Dutch: MKB Innovatiestimulering Topsectoren, MIT in short). This way the SME’s can join innovative activities within the Top-sectors.
Within the MIT, the following Top-sectors are defined:
- Agri & Food
- Chemistry & Energy included Biobased
- Creative Industry
- High Tech Systems and Materials
- Life Sciences and Health
- Horticulture and Starting Materials
Seven instruments are defined within the MIT:
- Subsidy for networking activities
- Subsidy for support for innovation brokers
- MIT feasibility studies
- MIT knowledge vouchers
- Highly qualified personnel
- MIT R&D cooperative projects
- MIT innovation performance contracts
Depending on the sector and instrument, subsidy can be granted to SME’s or a top consortium for knowledge and innovation (Topconsortium voor Kennis en Innovatie: TKI). Within a TKI, entrepreneurs and scientists cooperate in the area of research and perform a joint search for methods on how to get innovations to the market. TKI’s are established within the framework of the Top-sector policy and execute innovation contracts.
Contributions and conditions
The contributions and conditions are dependent upon the sector and the MIT-instrument. As an SME entrepreneur, you can only apply once during the application period. It is not possible to apply for multiple sectors or instruments during the application period. Want to know more about contributions and conditions for your Top-sector and chosen MIT-instrument? Submit the contact form on the right for more information.
SME-entrepreneurs who want to connect with innovation activities within Top-sectors.
Budget and deadlines
The contributions depend on sector and instrument.