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Hydrogen, as an energy carrier, is a key element in achieving the decarbonisation targets for 2050. To ensure energy security, it is necessary and likely that a large portion of the hydrogen demand will be produced within Europe. This production can occur onshore and offshore.

Offshore production benefits from its proximity to renewable energy generation assets, avoiding the need for costly transmission facilities, sharing existing and new pipeline infrastructure, and having ample space for constructing hydrogen production plants.

However, it also introduces new challenges such as the marinisation of electrolyser systems, desalination for producing purified fresh water, and associated maintenance. Several initiatives are underway to explore offshore hydrogen production possibilities.

The focus of this call is to promote offshore hydrogen production and support companies and research institutes in developing innovative solutions for it. We are seeking proposals that enhance the feasibility, viability, and desirability of offshore hydrogen production, including subjects such as ecology. If the consortium includes an SME, you will receive additional evaluation points.

What we offer:

  • A total available subsidy budget of €400,000
  • Maximum subsidy of €100,000 per project
  • Maximum contribution in the subsidy for the following costs:
    • Up to 80% for fundamental research and non-economic activities
    • Up to 50% for industrial research
    • Up to 25% for experimental research
  • Are you looking for a suitable project partner? Please contact us via, and we will assist you in finding a relevant knowledge institute, corporate, or startup in our network.

What are the criteria?

  • The research topic aligns with the TKI Offshore Energy program (MMIP 1) and contributes to the Dutch knowledge economy and knowledge position
  • The research topic aligns with the theme of this Open Innovation Call
  • The project fits within the PPP-subsidy regulation
  • The coordinator/main applicant is based in the Netherlands
  • Within the consortium, only organisations with a Dutch office can receive subsidy for their activities
  • The consortium consists of at least one private entity and at least one knowledge institute
    • If you have a relevant research topic but haven't found a suitable research partner yet? Please contact us via and we'll help you find the right consortium partner
  • Including a Dutch SME in your project will earn extra points during evaluation by our external advisory committee
  • The consortium ensures effective collaboration, with a jointly formulated research idea, shared costs, and in-kind contributions from all partners, as well as shared risks and outcomes
  • The project encompasses or combines fundamental, industrial, or experimental research
  • Feasibility studies are not covered by the PPP-regulation
  • The project applications differ from existing technologies on the market
  • The project end date is before December 21, 2025.

Interested? Follow these 4 steps!

This is how you can apply for TKI Offshore Energy’s Open Innovation Call:

Step 1: In order to registrate, please send an email to, no later than December 22, 2023, providing a brief paragraph about who you are and your project plan. TKI Offshore Energy may contact you for further clarification, so please include your contact details.

Step 2: We will send you templates for the application. A complete application includes a project plan, a budget, and a (concept) cooperation agreement. The cooperation agreement does not have to be complete or signed at the time of your application. However, it does need to be complete and signed by all consortium parties before the subsidy can be granted.

Step 3: Submit all documents to by January 31, 2024 at 17:00/5PM.

Step 4: Our external review commission will assess the proposals, rank them, and select the winners. We will notify you before March 15, 2024 with the decisions.

Do you have any questions about the Open Innovation Call? Please contact us via

We look forward to receiving your registration and application!

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