65 million Euro innovation scheme MOOI announced

Today, the new 2020 subsidy scheme MOOI, Mission-driven Research, Development and Innovation, was officially announced in the Dutch Staatscourant. The new scheme, with a budget of 65 million Euro, is offered by Topsector Energie and the TKI Wind op Zee organisations, together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

The MOOI subsidy scheme supports integral solutions that contribute to the energy transition. It is based on the long-term mission-driven innovation programmes (MMIP’s) by the Topsector Energie.

The scheme is intended for projects in the areas of offshore wind (10.1 million Euro), onshore renewable energy (10.9 million Euro), built environment (27 million Euro), and industry (17 million Euro).

The MOOI scheme aims to speed up the process for innovations to market entry. The projects that are submitted need to meet certain criteria. All projects must be developed by a consortium of at least 3 commercial parties that are not legally connected. The project must have an integral approach. They must have a value of at least 2 million Euro in eligible costs. The minimum subsidy is 25,000 Euro per participant with a maximum of 4 million Euro. The innovation plan will have to include milestones that follow the S.M.A.R.T ( Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Oriented) philosophy.

The submission period is divided in two phases, a preliminary round and the final submission. All projects must first be submitted before 20 April 2020, 5 PM. The submitted applications are then evaluated by an advise committee. This has been introduced to provide applicants the opportunity to improve their applications. The deadline for the final submission is 8 September 2020, 5 PM.

More information (in Dutch) can be found here.

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