International opportunities for innovation

12 May 2021

For those who are innovating and aim to roll out their innovation and/or research not only in the Netherlands but also in Europe or outside Europe: there are multiple instruments to support you in your innovation process.

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Written by:
Roy Hoven Manager Subsidiefocus


Multiple instruments exists for realizing your innovation: grants, loans, fiscal incentives and blended finance options. What instrument best suits your needs depends on your company size, activities, the development phase your product and/or company is in and need for partners. We can help. Subsidiefocus consultants are experienced in aiding companies to find the appropriate instruments to finance their innovations. We initiate projects, we write proposals, we apply, we negotiate and we support in project management and compliance during the project.

The largest funding programmes explained: 

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the biggest research and innovation program of Europe: €95.5 billion euro is available for the best research and innovation projects in Europe for the period 2021-2027. Horizon Europe builds on top of the successes of Horizon 2020, with more attention to open science, equality, interdisciplinary research and practical applications.

Three pillars are defined within the programme, providing funding for excellent science, global challenges and industrial competitiveness and innovative Europe. In general it is developed to strengthen the European research & innovation potential. Within Horizon Europe there are many Work Programmes defined that address climate change, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth through various topics.


LIFE is the programme dedicated to both Environment and Climate Action. The € 5.4 billion budget is allocated for the mission to protect our environment and mitigate climate change. It covers the sub-programmes Nature and Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Quality of Life, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption and Clean Energy Transition (CET). Projects that make a clear impact for either the environment our climate and fit within the EU policies (e.g. the Green Deal) qualify for this instrument.


The Interreg programme supports and stimulates interregional cooperation among regions in Europe. One of its main targets is to diminish the influence of national borders in favour of equal economic, social and cultural development of the whole territory of the European Union and to increase cooperation between member states. Within Interreg different regions are defined for two or more member states. Each programme has its own focus area, addressing important themes such as climate adaptation, water management, renewable energy, circular economy and innovation. For the period 2021 – 2027 the budget is set at € 8 billion.


Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by R&D performing SME. With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.

Focus on the right programme

The funding programmes cover many types of research and innovation projects through hundreds of calls and instruments. It takes experience to focus on the right funding opportunities for your international ambitions. The consultants at Subsidiefocus can guide you through these programmes and match your project and ambitions with the right programme.

Would you like to know more?

Then contact Roy Hoven, manager Subsidiefocus, on 073-6465475 or send Roy an email.

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