Investigate the feasibility of an innovative carbon-efficient pilot or demonstration project in the Netherlands

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You can apply for a grant for your research project from 1 April 2022 until 5:00 PM on 31 March 2023 (inclusive). The grants are awarded subject to budget availability (i.e. on a ‘first come, first served’ basis).


Are you a business owner operating in the industrial sector who would like to investigate the viability of an innovative pilot project or demonstration project that can reduce carbon emissions – and save money in the process – by 2030? If you meet this criterion, you are eligible to apply for a grant under the Top Sector Energy (TSE) Industry Studies grant scheme. This Dutch scheme is part of the Top Sector Energy programme and covers research projects related to energy and climate innovations.

Relevant topics in TSE Industry Studies

  1. Closed-loop industrial supply chains – innovations in industrial supply chains, with a focus on waste streams.
  2. Carbon-free industrial heating system – design, organisation and reorganisation of climate-neutral energy and heating systems.
  3. Maximum electrification and radically upgraded processes – knowledge development and cost-effective innovations for comprehensive climate-neutral production processes by 2050.
  4. CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage) – capture, transport, reuse and permanent storage of carbon.
  5. Other carbon-efficiency measures – carbon-efficiency measures in the industrial sector, not included under topics 1-4.
  6. Environmental investment in mature technologies – environmental studies to prepare for investments in mature technologies.

Types of research projects

Under this scheme, you can apply for grants for three types of research projects (studies):

  • Feasibility study – preparatory study into a pilot project’s feasibility. The proposed pilot project must be a trial project as part of which innovative carbon-efficiency measures are tested in a real-world setting and must also involve R&D efforts and experimental development.
  • Environmental study – a study to prepare for a company’s environmental investments. The proposed investment may relate to a new technology for a practical application. However, it can also involve researching the proposed environmental investments in a proven/mature technology.
  • Comparable study – these studies also prepare for environmental investments in a demonstration project but they focus specifically on investments that do not fall under the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) (e.g. advanced biofuels or CCU).

For whom?

  • The scheme is open to companies operating in the chemical industry and other energy-intensive industries (including both small and medium-sized enterprises and corporates)

For what?

  • The grants are intended for conducting preparatory studies and, as such, not for the actual implementation of a pilot project or demonstration project (see the section on DEI+ on our website).

Grant budget and amounts

The total grant budget allocated for this scheme is 10.6 million euros. Applications can be submitted subject to budget availability (the deadline for application is 31 March 2023).

The grant generally consists of a 50% contribution towards the project costs, which may add up to a grant of 500,000 euros per study. Solely studies into CCUS projects are subject to a higher grant ceiling: this amount is set at 2 million euros.

For all types of studies, medium-sized enterprises are eligible to receive a 10% higher grant, while small enterprises are entitled to an additional 20% for their grant.

Additional information:

  • The minimum grant amount for an environmental study into a mature technology is 25,000 euros. Note that only expenses incurred as a result of third-party activities are eligible for grants.
  • For a comparable study, you must submit a De Minimis State Aid Declaration (de-minimisverklaring), while the grant amount is capped at 200,000 euros per company.



The following main terms of eligibility apply to TSE Industry Studies:

  • The study must be conducted by a company or a partnership comprising at least one company.
  • Local (i.e. provincial and municipal) governments are eligible to participate in projects, but are not eligible to receive a grant themselves.
  • The duration of a study must not exceed one year.
  • Projects must commence within six months of the grant allocation decision.
  • Projects may not have commenced prior to submission of the grant application.
  • If any of the members of a partnership is a research organisation, a signed partnership agreement must be in place before the project activities are to commence.



If your company operates within the industry and you have strong ideas or plans for innovative new technologies in the areas listed above, we will be pleased to explore grant options with you under the TSE Industry Studies grant scheme. Alternatively, we can investigate opportunities available under any of the other grant schemes as part of the Top Sector Energy programme. Our energy experts can advise you on the most advantageous grant opportunities for each project stage or stage of innovation. Feel free to call us on +31 (0)88 838 13 81 or send us a message using the form below.

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