Are you a Dutch SME active in the field of innovation? Then you may be able to receive support from the national top sectors policy. This is possible via the MIT grant scheme, which stimulates SMEs in the Netherlands to work on technical innovations. Do you have plans for a feasibility project or an R&D project that you wish to carry out together with others? Let us know, we will be happy to help you.


The MIT grant (in Dutch: Mkb-innovatiestimulering Regio en Topsectoren) was created to better align SME innovations with the agendas of the top sectors. The government wants innovative SMEs to benefit from the top sectors policy in which companies, government and knowledge institutions work together on innovation. Each top sector has drawn up an agenda for this, and has made financial resources available to implement this agenda. Since 2021, the MIT scheme has been in line with the mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy.


Themes within the MIT grant scheme are:

  • feasibility
  • R&D collaboration
  • R&D collaboration in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • knowledge expansion
  • network activities.


The MIT grant is specifically intended for innovative Dutch SMEs in or around the following top sectors:

  • Agri & Food
  • Chemistry (and Biobased)
  • Creative Industry
  • Energy
  • High Tech Systems & Materials and ICT
  • Life Sciences & Health
  • Logistics & Transport
  • Horticulture & Propagation Materials
  • Water & Maritime

Proposals for innovation projects must fall within the programmes of these nine top sectors.

How can we help you?

The experts at PNO Chemistry have successfully applied for MIT grants for many years. They are familiar with the scheme’s pitfalls and details. Do you have plans for an R&D collaboration project? We can help you develop your ideas into an optimal grant application. Feel free to contact us.