HHINT Kickstarter for Public-Private Partnerships

Call for applications for the Health~Holland International Kickstarter for public-private partnerships

The Dutch have a long tradition of investing in international cooperation. Investing in an international network can provide a significant acceleration of research and development (R&D). Sharing knowledge between international partners helps to better identify the end users and supports valorisation and export. In addition, international cooperation may be the first step for foreign organisations to invest and settle in the Netherlands. Therefore, internationalisation is one of the focus points of Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH). 

The Top Sector LSH wants to stimulate international, public-private partnerships (PPP). Current financial instruments for early partnerships between the Netherlands and non-European countries are limited. To facilitate the first steps to R&D cooperation worldwide, the Top Sector LSH established the programme ‘Health~Holland International (HHINT) Kickstarter for public-private partnerships’. This programme is realised by the executive office of the Top Sector LSH. 

With the HHINT Kickstarter programme, for profit enterprises and recognised research organisations are invited to apply for financial support (PPP Allowance) to get off to a flying start to establish a long lasting foreign public-private partnership in R&D. This PPP Allowance serves as a first driver in international R&D cooperation between the parties. At least one of the consortium partners must be situated in the Netherlands and at least one in a foreign country. The programme falls within the framework of the PPP Allowance Regulation of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. 

Available budget 

For the HHINT Kickstarter programme 2021 the total available amount of PPP Allowance is €600,000. 

More information 

Please download the HHINT Kickstarter for PPP description down below and read more about the call and the requirements for applications. Or contact the office to get more information or assistance in the application process. 


Applications can be submitted on a continuous basis from 13 August to 1 December 2021 via tki@health-holland.com. Applications will be evaluated and awarded based on the ‘first come, first served’ principle.