Subsidy Instruments for Offshore Wind

The TKI Wind op Zee program is organised in themes and program lines focused on the development of technology, cooperation at the North Sea and integration in the Energy System, including large scale storage and conversion of energy.

The following themes are included:

  • Cost Reduction and Optimisation. This theme covers the topics support structures, wind turbines and wind farms, internal electrical network and grid connection, transport, installation and logistics and operation and maintenance.
  • Integration in the Energy System. This theme covers large scale smart transmission systems, the offshore grid and offshore energy conversion and storage.
  • Offshore Wind and the Environment with topics such as multi-use of offshore wind farms and improvement of ecological value of offshore wind farms.

The program is supported by several subsidy instruments.

Find out more about the program.

(please note that the official information on the RVO website is leading)


Name instrument Description
Offshore Wind R&D projects (Wind op Zee R&D projecten) For projects focusing on research and development within the themes: “Cost Reduction and Optimisation” and “Offshore Wind and the Environment”, with the goal to reduce the long-term cost of offshore wind energy. Only Industrial Research (no Experimental Development or Demonstration) is possible with this instrument.
Renewable Energy Scheme (Hernieuwbare Energie regeling) Projects that aim to achieve offshore wind energy cost reductions according to the terms of the Energy Agreement (2030) are supported by the Hernieuwbare Energie regeling.
System Integration in the North Sea (Systeemintegratie op de Noordzee) Scheme aimed at creating flexibility in the energy system. This can be achieved with e.g. offshore energy storage or conversion. Other options are large scale offshore grid development and optimization of the supply-demand chain.

Demonstration Projects Energy Innovation (DEI-regeling demonstratieprojecten)

Topsector Energy scheme for projects in which innovative technologies are used that conserve energy or generate renewable energy. Financing for demonstrations (investment projects) of products, processes and/or services is available through the DEI scheme.
MIT-Scheme Advisory projects, feasibility projects, R&D cooperation projects, knowledge vouchers, TKI-Innovation brokers and network activities for SMEs.
Subsidy Socially-Responsible Innovative Energy (Subsidie Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren Energie) Scheme, along with TKI Gas, aimed at creating added value through cooperation between offshore wind farms and gas (and oil) activities in the North Sea.
Innovation Brokers (Innovatiemakelaars) Do you, as a starting- or SME entrepreneur, need support of an ‘innovation broker’?
Power System Integration & Big Data (Energiesysteemintegratie & big data) For scientists and public/private parties who apply for funding together, for innovative research in the field of energy system integration and big data.
Topsector Energy studies (Topsector energiestudies) This supports preliminary investigations and feasibility studies related to the energy transition. For offshore wind it applies to all theme’s within the TKI Wind op Zee program.


For questions related to the scheme, please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). You can contact them via telephone number: 088 042 42 42 or write the Netherlands Enterprise Agency via this form (Dutch).

SME entrepreneurs can also contact Innovation Link. The contact person for offshore wind is Martin Weissmann.

For questions about the content of the program, you can contact the TKI Wind op Zee via mail.

European subsidy

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission programme to stimulate European research and innovation. Horizon 2020 has been running since 1 January 2014 and is the successor of the Zevende Kaderprogramma (seventh framework programme )(FP7) (Dutch). Horizon 2020 has a total budget of about 80 billion euros for the period 2014-2020. In the period from 2018-2020 37 million has been made available for all sectors of Europe.

Read more on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) or the participant portal of the European Commission or the programme page of the European Commission Horizon2020 .

Horizon 2020 training courses: The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) organizes various training courses and workshops to help with navigating the Horizon 2020 programme. You will learn about the opportunities within the Horizon 2020 and how you can take advantage of them. You will learn how to issue promising project proposals. You will also learn about the various financial and legal aspects that are important to the programme. Find out more (Dutch)


Team IRIS (previously EC-Liaison or EGL) of  the Netherlands Enterprise Agency helps you find your way within Horizon 2020 and increases your chances of a successful participation. Furthermore, the Team can inform you about various calls. Team IRIS is the Dutch National Contact Point for Horizon 2020.