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The subsidiy check helps you find out whether your innovative company is eligible for a subsidy. Discover it quickly!

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) subsidizes innovation projects that solve societal issues. The government challenges entrepeneurs to realise specific innovations through the thematic calls for proposal of the subsidy program.


SBIR has calls which allow SMEs and large companies to engage in targeted innovation. Calls for proposal have a societal impact. The subsidy makes innovation cheaper. This allows for societal issues to be solved faster.

Everything about SBIR

The most important questions about SBIR are answered here.

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What is SBIR?

SBIR offers subsidies for innovation projects that help solving societal issues. The government challenges businesses to come with fitting project proposals through thematic calls. Every SBIR call has its own budget and deadline.

Am I eligible for SBIR?

Both SMEs and large companies are eligible for SBIR. The intended innovation should contribute to help solving a societal issue for a specific call for proposal.

What must I do for SBIR?

You should execute a project which macthes one of the SBIR calls for proposal. These are aimed at solving societal issues. A few examples of the involved themes are the following:

  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine & maritime research and bioeconomy.

  • Secure, safe, clean and efficient supply of energy.

  • Cyber security for the sake of a safe and open cyber domain.

Projects have two or three phases. SBIR proposals can be submitted in phase 1. Enterting at a later stage (phase 2 or 3) is not possible.

What do I gain through SBIR?

Every SBIR call has its own budget. The subsidy amount is generally determined based on the project size, in both phase 1 and 2.

What phases does an SBIR project have?

Phase 1 concerns a feasibility study for the innovation with a quotation amount for setting up a research and development trajectory (phase 2). It is possible (and stimulated through SBIR) to collaborate with knowledge institutions or other companies in this phase.

Phase 2 is teh reserach and development trajectory. The end result is a tested prototype, limited zero series or trial project of the product, process or service.

In phase 3 of SBIR, the government can offer itself as a large innovation oriented buyer, in order to be the first owner of the new techology. This grants entrepeneurs an excellent chance to bring their innovation to market. This phase is however not funded by the government.

How do we help you?

Our expertise in the field of sustainability, technology and the SBIR subsidy allows us to optimally understand innovations and translate these into a successful application. We take the application process out of your hands and write an excellent business case for the RVO. Meanwhile, you can focus on innovating.

Want to learn more?

Do you have a project which might be eligible for one of the calls for proposal? Do you need advice or help with your application?