Netherlands as the government has committed €184M for 14 Dutch research facilities. The decision by Minister Micky Adriaansens (Economic Affairs and Climate) to allocate this funding from the Applied Research Facilities (FTO) first round of financing was made public.
Several government knowledge institutes (Naturalis, NFI, RCE, and RIVM) as well as multiple TO2 organisations (TNO, MARIN, NLR, and Wageningen Research) have sent in investment proposals.
The funding will be utilised to help smart industry, data application, food safety, biobased building supplies, and hydrogen propulsion.
Minister Micky Adriaansens (EZK) said, “The Dutch knowledge base is and remains very strong. Researchers and entrepreneurs solve global challenges together and develop products or services to achieve this. But knowledge does not enter the market successfully on its own and we are experiencing ever-increasing competition in the field of innovation worldwide. For example, with technologies that are necessary for sustainability and digitalization. If we want to remain successful, excellent and modern research facilities are the basis for this. The cabinet is now investing extra in this,”.
The government will receive an extra €100 million by 2024 from the Research and Science Fund to monitor air quality, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and data digitization. More funding rounds are scheduled for the upcoming years, starting in 2025 and totaling €190M.