SME Programme

Promoting Participation by Multi-disciplinary SMEs in Quantum

Quantum technology is poised to dramatically disrupt critical industries – chemistry, logistics, IoT, life sciences, health and cybersecurity, to name a few. Leading SMEs in complementary disciplines across the Netherlands are well-suited to playing a pivotal role in the quantum value chain – in software development, consultancy and material supply, equipment and electronics, and other disciplines.

The Quantum Delta NL SME programme is designed to connect 125 high-tech, multidisciplinary Dutch SMEs with the arenas of quantum technology where they’re needed most. 

The inspiration for the SME programme springs from best practices of Nano4Society and MinacNed, who also provide direct coordination of programme activities.

Call for proposals Round 2

A budget of € 5 million per year is available in the form of grants, intended for R&D projects geared towards developing products and services that serve the quantum technology roadmaps directly, or enable derivative products in the value chain. This will allow SMEs to play a role in the quantum technology roadmaps at the national level but also at the European level.

Proposals can range between €500,000 and €2 million per project, and can be submitted by an individual company or on behalf of a consortium; a private or public-private partnership (PPP).The subsidy comprises max. 2/3 of the total project amount. The remainder is contributed by applicant(s), either in cash and/or in-kind.

Download the slides of the information session held on February 10th 2023 here:

Terms & Conditions

  • Projects can comprise industrial or applied research (TRL2 2-4), and/or experimental development (TRL 5-8).

  • Projects have a maximum duration of 4 years yet are ultimately limited by the programme deadline of December 31, 2028.

  • Individual SME’s and/or public-private partnerships (PPP) can submit.

  • Proposals can range between €500,000 and €2 million per project.

  • The subsidy amounts to max. 2/3 of the eligible costs.

How to apply?

The second SME call is now open for applications. If you intend to submit a proposal, please let us know by sending an e-mail to, mentioning:

  • Applicant(s)

  • Contact information lead applicant

  • Brief project description

  • Project budget indication


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