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

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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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.

In short

ERDF overview

For whom?


Knowledge institutions


The ERDF (EFRO in Dutch) is divided between four regions of the Netherlands that can each allocate their share of the budget:

North Netherlands: Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen

East Netherlands: Gelderland and Overijssel

South Netherlands: Noord-Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland

West Netherlands: Flevoland, North Holland, South Holland and Utrecht.

How much?

For the period 2021 – 2027, the Netherlands will receive a total of 506 million euros from the European Union. The national government and provinces will also contribute their own funding. The grant amounts vary per region and per project type and range from 50% to 85%.

When to apply

The ERDF scheme has different submission periods. These periods depend on the type of investment costs (purchase costs or production costs) for which you apply.

For what?

Innovation projects aimed at regional development

Overview of

ERDF themes

In 2021-2027, the fund will enable investments to make Europe and its regions:

  • more competitive and smarter, through innovation and support to SMEs, as well as digitisation and digital connectivity

  • greener, low-carbon and resilient

  • more connected by enhancing mobility

  • more social, supporting effective and inclusive employment, education, skills, social inclusion and equal access to healthcare, as well as enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism

  • closer to citizens, supporting locally-led development and sustainable urban development across the EU.

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Meet the requirements

ERDF conditions

Cooperation between enterprises, knowledge institutions and governments 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 the ERDF’s funding opportunities, it is essential that your project connects with the focus areas that have been defined per region.

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