TKI Wind op Zee Innovation Call - Offshore Safety

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TKI Wind op Zee
Open Call Safety

Are you tackling the innovation challenges within Offshore Safety such as personnel safety, reduction of personnel deployment in dangerous activities at sea, safety of transport, infrastructure or cybersecurity? As an SME, do you perhaps have an innovative idea that contributes to offshore safety, and could you use financial support? Then this TKI Wind op Zee Innovation Call is for you.

The TKI Wind op Zee is organizing an innovation call focused on the topic: Offshore Safety

The amount of renewable energy from the North Sea is growing exponentially. Just think of the fourfold increase in the number of wind turbines in the next 7 years.
That growth requires attention to safety. Safe working at sea, safe traffic at sea, safe data traffic and protection of essential infrastructure. TKI Wind op Zee invites innovators to contribute their ideas. We have €300,000 available for three innovative projects and are organizing cooperation with renowned knowledge institutes to help your idea come to fruition.

Our Mission Driven Innovation Program for Electricity at Sea (MMIP 1) includes the objective that wind farms must be safe and robust. Both for the personnel working for and on the installations, and for the installations themselves. Think of physical safety of the installation and cybersecurity.

The TKI Wind op Zee wants to support organizations in researching offshore safety and developing innovations for it. We do this by subsidizing part of the winning innovation projects.

The topics for which subsidies can be applied for are:

  • Physical safety
    • Personnel
      • Innovations that increase the safety of employees
      • Innovations that reduce the presence of people in dangerous situations
    • Systems
      • Increasing safety of platforms and wind turbines.
        • For example, collisions of ships against turbines
      • Increasing the safety of infrastructure
        • For example, prevention of breaks in electricity or gas lines (deliberate or accidental)
      • Increasing the safety of transport 
        • For example crossing of people/ goods from ship to turbine 
  • Cybersecurity offshore energy systems
    • Securing systems against external attacks

Please note, if you have other or additional ideas around this research topic that you think are relevant to this call, please contact 

The following dates apply to this open call:  

Call opens: February 21, 2023 

Call closes: 30 April 2023 

Project timeline: from May 31, 2023 to October 10, 2024 (1.4 year turnaround time) 

What do we offer? 

  • Total available grant budget of €300,000.
  • Max grant €100,000 per project
  • Maximum contribution to eligible costs:  
  • Max. 80%for basic research and non-economic activities. 
  • Max. 50% for industrial research. 
  • Max. 25% for experimental research. 

Do you need support in finding the right partner for your project? Contact us at 

What kind of projects are we looking for?

  • The research topic fits within the TKI Wind op Zee program (MMIP 1), contributes to the Dutch knowledge economy, to the Dutch knowledge position and the proposed project is of sufficient quality; 
  • The coordinator/principal applicant of the project is based in the Netherlands
  • The SME in the project is based in the Netherlands
  • The SME company receives at least 50% of the grant awarded
  • The consortium consists of at least one SME company and at least one knowledge institution. If you are a company with a relevant research topic, but have not yet found the right knowledge institution to collaborate with, please refer to the overview of knowledge institutions below. Are you unable to find one? Please send an e-mail to We will be happy to help you find a suitable partner;
  • The consortium ensures effective collaboration, meaning that a research idea is formulated collaboratively and its realization involves joint costs and in-kind contributions from all consortium partners; 
  • Participants jointly define the scope and implementation of the project and share risks and outcomes; 
  • The project involves fundamental research, industrial research or experimental development, or a combination thereof;
  • Feasibility studies are not covered by this PPP scheme; 
  • The project proposals must be distinct from technologies already on the market; 
  • The project must meet the conditions for the PPP allowance scheme

Interested? Find how to apply here:

  • Step 1: Send an e-mail to explaining in one short paragraph who you are and what your project plan is. The TKI Wind op Zee may contact you for further clarification; include your contact information.
  • Step 2: We will send you the templates for completing the application. A complete application consists of:
    • A project proposal
    • A project budget
    • A (draft) cooperation agreement which must be signed by all parties at the start of the project (no later than May 31, 2023)
  • Step 3: Submit all documents no later than May 1, 2023, 17:00 to
  • Step 4: Our external review committee will evaluate your proposal. Proposals will be ranked and winners will be selected. We will contact you with a decision by May 31, 2023.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.


Monday, May 1, 2023, 17:00 

Knowledge Institutions

To sumbit a research proposal, collaboration with a knowledge institute is mandatory. Maybe one of the knowledge institutes below below can be a potential partner for your proposal. The contacts are informed and would like to meet to evaluate if there can be a potential match for collaboration.

Independent institute for applied research of offshore (project) challenges and delivering test facilities.
Contact information:
Ahmed Elkadi
Research Program Manager: Energy Transition

Research test facility with free test time to SMEs who want to explore a new maritime concept.
Contact information:
Yvonne Koldenhof
Senior Project Manager   

Provider of knowledge and technology.
Contact information:
Richard Pijpers
Business developer maritime structures

Contact information:
Jan Willem Wagenaar
Program Manager Wind Energy

TNO Trusted ICT
Contact information:
Dimitri Hehanussa
Business Development Manager

University and research partner with high-end facilities. Working on fostering the energy transition and always open to colaborate.
Contact information:
Tim raaijmakers
Programme Manager TU Delft Wind Energy Institute