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Factsheet for measure NL-2013-9/2668 – measures in Netherlands

Grant scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment

Subsidieregeling voor demonstratieprojecten, haalbaarheids- en investeringsvoorbereidingsstudies (DHI)

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 March 2013
Context Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 26 October 2022)

Background information

The DHI measure focuses on Dutch SMEs (EU definition) in all sectors with international ambitions (export and foreign investment), and an interest in emerging markets, developed countries and in developing countries. These include all countries except the Netherlands and countries under sanction.

The SMEs should have at least three people working at the company, enough business experience, and a sound track record. They should already have finished the orientation phase (market orientation) in the country in which they which to become active. The DHI is not focussed specifically on start-ups, though if young enterprises meet the acceptance criteria they can make use of the measure.

Content of measure

The DHI scheme supports Dutch enterprises wishing to invest in or execute a project in emerging markets and in developing countries. The scheme consists of three modules:

  • demonstration projects: presentation of a technology, capital good or service in one of the DHI countries to potential customers in the relevant market, not consumers;

  • feasibility studies: assessment of the profitability of a foreign investment by a Dutch enterprise in one of the DHI countries regarding a product or service (study whether it is profitable for foreign customers to invest in a product or service);

  • investment preparation studies: assessment of the technical and commercial profitability of an investment in a company in one of the DHI countries (study whether it is profitable to invest in a foreign company).

The costs of the projects are subsidised up to a maximum of 50%, with a maximum of €200,000 for demonstration projects and €100,000 for both feasibility studies and for investment preparation projects. Eligible costs are costs of an enterprise’s own activities, or for hired experts, costs of use of technologies (in case of demonstration projects), and travel and subsistence costs.

The budget is divided into a portion dedicated to emerging markets and developed countries and a part dedicated to developing countries. The available budget for 2022 is €8,5 million.

Use of measure

The website provides an overview of all DHI-subsidised projects since 2016. The database contains 268 projects to date (October 2022) and a total budget spent of €17.86 million. The last evaluation dates from 2017. In 2017, the RVO indicates that 186 applications were received, of which 93 projects were selected and received grants. In 2016, there were 357 applications, of which 101 received grants (28%). A substantial part of the applications were rejected because they were too late or because they did not meet the criteria.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



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Eurofound (2022), Grant scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment, measure NL-2013-9/2668 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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