National, regional and sector partners

National and regional financing options

» Subsidies in The Netherlands – Provides up to date information of financing options available for startup companies. (in Dutch)

» Dutch government subsidies – Subsidies and growth financing for innovative, sustainable and international entrepreneurial activities.

» Subsidies in Limburg – Provides up to date information of financing options and subsidies available through the Provincie Limburg (Local gouvernment). (in Dutch)

» Tax benefits in The Netherlands – Provides up to date information for start-up companies on tax benfits during ongoing investments. (in Dutch)

»  – To help reduce the tax burden on innovative companies even down to 5% vs. the usual 25% corporate tax. (in Dutch)

European financing options

» Eureka Eurostars – Eurostars is a transnational programme, where projects have partners from two or more Eurostars countries. The Eurostars programme is publicly financed with a total budget of 1.14 billion euro and is currently supported by 34 EUREKA countries and the European Union.

» CORDIS – To find and secure funding for projects under EU programmes: FP7 2007-2013/ Horizon (2014-)2020/ CIP/ COSME.

» Stimulus – European subsidy programs for companies in the south of The Netherlands.

Research Institutes - Regional University

» Aachen University of Applied Science – The FH Aachen in Germany include reseach institutes in the fields of energy, mobility, and life in additon in the area of information and production technology work.

» Biomat Aachen – Projects in synthesis of biologically relevant carbohydrate structures/ enzyme systems and applications in medicinal biomaterial and pharmaceutical research.

» Biomaterials Institute Aachen – Synthesize (neo)glyco structures applying biocatalytic combinatorial strategies and to characterize them for the development of novel bio-functionalized biomaterial surfaces, to use them as diagnostic tools, and to provide them for applications in biomaterial research by targeting of biomaterial surfaces; of molecules or cell surfaces by nanoparticles.

» BioMed Diepenbeek (B) – Binnen het Biomedisch Onderzoeksinstituut (BIOMED) wordt onderzoek gevoerd naar processen die betrokken zijn bij ontstekingen van de hersenen en bij auto-immuniteit, een mechanisme waarbij het menselijk lichaam eigen lichaamscomponenten aanvalt.

» Biomedical RWTH Aachen – The pursuit of a future-oriented biomedical engineering research profile, combining conventional medical engineering with natural sciences, and especially with biosciences.

» Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) – CARIM is top institutes for translational cardiovascular research in the field of vascular and thrombotic disorders and atrial fibrillation as well as translational heart failure research /molecular imaging in the cardiovascular field.

» BMT Biomedical Technology interfaculty Maastricht/Eindhoven – Biomedical Engineering improves human health by cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Research covers everything from regenerative medicine to biomedical image analysis to biomolecular engineering.

Research Institutes - Private, Public

» The Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) – Pre-competitive research into polymers and their application, linking scientific knowledge to the industrial need for innovation. Added value for universities in scientific publications and for companies in intellectual property rights and the possibilities to execute new activities.

» Centre of Expertise Life Sciences at Hogeschool Zuyd – Zuyd has a number of Research Centres which stimulate the development, transfer and exchange of knowledge as well as the innovation of our study programmes through applied research activities for companies and institutions

» The centre of Expertise in Life Sciences (CEL) acts as an interface between research in the Euregio (Aachen, Maastricht, Liege) and local business. It develops curricula/modules in the field of Life and Material Sciences and its applications with the focus on Food & Health and Nanotechnology

» Zuyd Hogeschool – Heerlen, Maastricht, Sittard – The centre of Expertise in Life Sciences (CEL) acts as an interface between research in the Euregio (Aachen, Maastricht, Liege) and local business. It develops curricula/modules in the field of Life and Material Sciences and its applications with the focus on Food & Health and Nanotechnology.

» CTMM Dutch Center for Translational Molecular Medicine – The Center for Translational Molecular Medicine is dedicated to the development of Molecular Diagnostics and Molecular Imaging technologies, focusing firmly on the translational aspects of molecular medicine.

» Dutch Pharma Top Institute – TI Pharma is a not-for-profit organization that catalyzes medicine development by founding partnerships between academia & industry and actively managing research programs.

» Flanders’ DRIVE kennisnetwerk – Flanders’ DRIVE has developed into a unique research centre for innovation support and application-oriented research together with and for the vehicle industry in Flanders.

» Forum Life Sciences RWTH Aachen – MedLife e.V. combines partners from science, economy (established as well as start-ups), development agencies and capital through netwerks.

» Fraunhofer Institut für Produktionstechnik Aachen – The department “Production metrology” dedicates its attention to all issues of production-related metrology and all quality management tasks of manufacturing companies that involve inspections and measuring, developing solutions for high-tech industries such medical technology and biotechnology.

» Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular biology Aachen – Contract research in the field of applied life sciences from the molecular to the ecosystem level in the areas of pharmacy, medicine, chemistry, agriculture, and environmental and consumer protection. Portfolio focussed on industry, small and medium enterprises as well as the public sector.

» IKV Aachen – Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University) is one of the biggest institutes engaged in this field of research. The main areas are: Innovation/ Research /Training.

» IMEC – Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions.

» IMO – The Institute for Materials Research (IMO)at Hasselt University carries out fundamental reseach in the field of materials science. Joined with the the department of IMEC (Interuniversity Micro Electronics Centre, Louvain) at the university campus in Diepenbeek their activities concentrate on wide band gap materials, organic synthesis, organic materials for electronic applications, precursors for nanomaterials, biosensors, nanophysics and electrical, physical and chemical characterisation.

» Nanoclub Aachen – It networks the interdisciplinary research activities at the RWTH in the field of Nano Science and Technology. The RWTH NanoClub and NanoHouse (NL) have started the cooperation to assist businesses realizing commercial products in the domains of nanotechnology. The cooperation offers assistance in product development, access to equipment and knowledge in- or outside the RWTH in the area of nanotechnology.

» Netherlands Toxicogenomics Centre – Current toxicological research uses animals as models for man. This risk assessment is still hampered by uncertainties. Toxicogenomics – the application of genomics-based technologies in toxicological research – may provide tools to tackle these uncertainties.

» Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute Maastricht (NUTRIM) – NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism catalyses translational research into metabolic and chronic inflammatory disorders that will contribute to innovative personalised lifestyle and medicine approaches with a focus on nutrition, toxicology and metabolism.

» Protein Engineering Centre Liège (CIP) – The Center for Protein Engineering (Centre d’Ingéniérie des Protéines: CIP) is a multidisciplinary research Center of the University of Liège (Belgium) located in the Sart Tilman Campus. its aim is to offer an integrated approach to the determination of the structure of proteins and to the analysis of their functional properties.

» Research Institutes Maastricht Academic Hospital – The research of the Maastricht UMC+ (consisting of the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences (FHML) and the Academic Hospital Maastricht (azM)) is clustered in research institutes (also called a School). Each institute focuses on thematic research within the scope of the main research lines.

» Spin-off companies University Maastricht 

Bringing research results to the market can be accomplished through the creation of a spin-off of Maastricht University and / or azM, through licensing and collaborating with large and small companies.

» Walloon Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (WCIB) – Institute of Vegetal Biology, Liège

» BioWin, the Health Cluster of Wallonia (Belgium) – The regional reference player for all the stakeholders (companies, research centers and universities) involved in innovative R&D projects and/or skills development in the field of health biotechnology and medical technologies.