CE Delft in The Netherlands is an independent research and consultancy agency, with an emphasis on transport, energy and industrial raw materials. It supports government agencies, NGOs and industries in pursuit of structural change with a wealth of know-how on economics, technology and policy issues.
The Opportunities for West voucher scheme is designed to enable SMEs to further develop or scaleup their biobased production processes, products or innovations. This includes the use of Biotech Campus Delft’s facilities at Planet B.io or Bioprocess Pilot Facility. The target group is any SME established in a Member State of the European Union. Applications can be submitted throughout the year (so no specific deadlines). The total available amount is €451.750 in ERDF resources. There is still budget available for 2021.
Three types of vouchers are available:
- The establishment voucher is to be used by a SME to grow a biobased business and that wants to locate itself at the Biotech Campus Delft to access the opportunities this ecosystem offers.
- The growth voucher is to be used by SMEs based at Bioprocess Pilot Facility or at Planet B.io, to obtain support in a research project from DSM, TU Delft or CE Delft, to grow their biobased business case. Vouchers are used to finance research on solving techno-economic bottlenecks of a product or process of the SME or to provide support in the pre-piloting phase.
- The pilot voucher is to be used by SMEs to scale up a new biobased production process to a pilot. The pilot voucher is not restricted to SMEs that are located at the Biotech Campus Delft.
Planet B.io and CE Delft will organise a webinar on September 2 in which the type of projects that are eligible for a voucher will be outlined in more detail. More information will follow soon.