Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2004
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation : Agentschap NL
Funding:The current budget for 2011 is unknown

In 2001 a review of the Ministry of Economic Affairs on the fragmented energy research resulted in the so-called "Energy Research Strategy" (EOS) project. After an inventory, consultation of interest groups and stakeholders, the strategy was further detailed in 2002 and 2003. The Ministry prioritised areas for domestic action and international co-operation in the context of a sustainable society. Areas of domestic priority are those of Dutch strength in research, while international cooperation covers areas where the Netherlands is less strong. EOS defined the following 5 priority areas: 1. energy-efficiency in the industrial and agriculture sectors; 2. biomass; 3. new gas / cleaner fossil fuels; 4. built environment; and 5. offshore wind generation and electricity grids. The Ministry implements the strategy through various subsidy schemes and the organisation of stakeholder groups. The subsidy schemes are: 1. New Energy Research Long Term; 2. EOS Long Term (EOS-LT); 3. EOS Demonstration (EOS-Demo); and 4. EOS Unique Opportunities (EOS-UKR). In 2006, a fifth scheme was added: (EOS-KTO (industrial research). New Energy Research Long Term: stimulates non-conventional research. It covers the entire energy research area: generation, conversion, storage, efficiency, renewables etc. Projects are non-conventional and new, lead to sustainability and new research areas; have a high technological risk and are innovative. New Energy Research Long Term is targeted to inventors, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and researchers. EOS Long Term (EOS-LT): support researchers with promising plans that in the long term lead to a sustainable energy supply. EOS-LT is aimed at research that strengthens the Netherlands knowledge position and paves the way for the introduction of innovative energy technologies. The subsidy scheme stimulates research in the defined priority areas and areas for international co-operation mentioned above. EOS Long Term (EOS-LT) is targeted to Netherlands universities, research institutes and small and medium enterprises that carry out energy research. Subsidies are awarded for: fundamental research, which enhances the general scientific and technical research and has no industrial or commercial goal; industrial research, which acquires new or improves existing knowledge to be used to develop new products, processes or services. EOS Demonstration (EOS-Demo): stimulates demonstration projects that lead to energy conservation and/or an increase in the use of renewable energy. Demonstration projects test new technologies, methods and application in a realistic environment. The subsidy scheme supports projects in the defined priority areas and areas for international co-operation mentioned above. Projects are awarded subsidy in rounds of tenders. The subsidy is 40% of the additional costs compared to a reference situation. EOS-KTO (Industrial Research): supports non-commercial research and development in the field of innovative energy technology at companies. Besides technical innovation, economic perspective and sustainability, are the major criteria for assessing requests for KTO-subsidy.

This record supersedes:Energy Research Strategy (EOS)

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