ERDF

A subsidy fund which aims to reduce the economic disparities between European regions.

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ERDF in brief

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is one of the permanent funds of the European Commission. Its objective is to correct economic imbalances between different regions within the European Union. The programme focuses on strengthening competitiveness and thereby increasing employment opportunities.

    Who is it for?

    • Businesses
    • Knowledge institutions
    • Governments

    The ERDF is divided between four regions of the Netherlands that can each allocate their share of the subsidy budget:

    • North Netherlands: Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen
    • East Netherlands: Gelderland and Overijssel
    • South Netherlands: Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland
    • West Netherlands: Flevoland, North Holland, South Holland and Utrecht.

    What is it for?

    • Innovation projects

    Themes within ERDF

    The themes for the period 2021 – 2027 are not yet known and will also be announced later. In the past, ERDF had the following priorities: 

    • Innovation and research
    • Digital agenda
    • Support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
    • The low-carbon economy

    Type of projects

    • Innovation projects aimed at regional development.

    Subsidy budget

    For the period 2021 – 2027, the Netherlands will receive a total of € 506 million from the European Union. The national government and provinces will also contribute their own funding. The maximum subsidy amount per project is not yet known; it will be announced at a later date.

     

    Criteria

    • Cooperation between businesses, knowledge institutions and authorities is not compulsory, but it does increase the chances of success for any application. The ERDF has also viewed the participation of SMEs as an additional advantage.
    • If you want to make use of this subsidy scheme, it is essential that your project connects with the focus areas that have been defined per region on the basis of the Top Sector policy.

    Purpose of the subsidy

    The aim of the ERDF is to reduce the most significant regional imbalances within the European Union. This is in line with the objectives of the European regional policy.

    As an Innovation Consultant and Business Developer, I am constantly identifying opportunities, setting up initiatives and shaping projects. My goal is to accelerate my clients’ sustainable innovations and investments.

    As an Innovation Consultant and Business Developer, I am constantly identifying opportunities, setting up initiatives and shaping projects. My goal is to accelerate my clients’ sustainable innovations and investments.

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