RD&D Policies

Updated: 09.01.2019

Author: Stijn Anciaux

It is an R&D programme based on public-private partnerships involving private companies, university, R&D institutes, with a focus on seven energy sectors, among which the RES technologies offshore wind, solar energy (PV), and bio-based economy. Funding is provided by the parties involved – at least 60%, in cash or in-kind, from private companies etc. - and the government – maximum 40%. The yearly budget is around 130 million euro. More information is available on: https://www.topsectoren.nl/innovatie  


‘Topsector Energie’ involves private companies and parties: private companies, universities, R&D institutes, and the government.

Competent authority

It is based on Innovation contracts with so-called ‘Topconsortia voor Kennis en Innovatie’ or TKI’s (Top-class Consortia for Science and Innovation). The TKI is responsible for the innovation contract of the respective energy sector (e.g. offshore wind).

Further information


Further information

  • Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) - Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • +31 88 042 42 42
  • Agency's website

Basic information on legal sources