Paul van Gerven
26 May 2021

The Dutch government will strongly increase its spending on R&D and innovation over the next few years, according to the Rathenau Institute (link in Dutch). The expenditure is going up from 7.3 billion euros in 2019 to 9.2 billion in 2025, an increase of 26 percent. The surge is mostly due to the National Growth Fund, which started last year and is expected to fund up to 1.3 billion euros in R&D and innovation projects by 2025. Additionally, the federal government and several provinces have set aside money to help companies mitigate the effects of the corona crisis on their innovation activities.

Growth money

Universities will see their budgets increase by 5.2 percent in the 2019-2025 period. After a stretch of cutbacks in the early to mid-2010s, the funding of other public research institutes has been climbing lately and is expected to top the 2010 level this year. The Dutch Research Council (NWO) will have less money to dole out for research projects: 730 million euros in 2025, compared to 804 million euros in 2019. This is mostly due to a budget transfer from the science financier to universities.

For companies, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy is upping its direct R&D expenditure from 740 million to 876 million, an 18.4 percent increase, mostly for encouraging public-private partnerships.