In addition to the 20 billion euro investment fund, next year’s national budget, presented last Tuesday, includes several smaller stimuli for research and innovation. Fiscal support of R&D activities (WBSO) will be expanded by 157 million euros. The fiscal tariff for profits resulting from innovative activities (Innovatiebox), however, will be raised from 7 to 9 percent.
A 150 million euro national scale-up fund will be established and regional development agencies will receive an additional 150 million euros to support innovative SMEs. The government will start investing 10 million euros per year in key technologies, and for AI development, an additional 23.5 million euros will be made available over the next few years. For co-financing EU projects, some of which involve innovation and digitalization, 225 million euros has been set aside.