MKB Call (Pre-registrations closed)

The Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) encourages innovative research by (financially) supporting public-private partnerships (PPP) in the life sciences & health sector. This scheme encourages for-profit enterprises and research organizations to jointly invest in research and development (R&D) with the aim of developing sustainable innovative products and services within the LSH sector for the purpose of generating economic revenues. The Top Consortium Knowledge and Innovation (TKI) office is the operating body of the Top Sector LSH and can financially support a collaborative project by awarding PPP Subsidy.  

Within the mission-driven top sector and innovation policy, the Top Sector LSH focuses, with the public private partnerships, on the social theme Health & Care (MT G&Z). The Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (KIA) 2024-2027 Health & Care describes the ambitions within the MT G&Z and the corresponding strategy to realize these ambitions. One of these strategies concerns the engagement and stimulation of SMEs. In the recent Parliamentary Letter Innovation and Impact from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, these ambitions are explicitly highlighted and will be continued in 2024-2027.

To realize this strategy, the MKB (SME) call was created in 2023. After a successful pilot, it was decided to continue the Call in 2024. With this call, Top Sector LSH hopes to meet the wishes and needs of SMEs.

In 2024, the Top Sector LSH has reserved €5 million in PPP Subsidy for the SME call. Of this sum, €3.3 million is available for SMEs. Through this new call, SMEs can receive subsidies under certain conditions to fund one existing or new R&D FTE working on an industrial public-private partnership project. 

What can you apply for?

SMEs can apply for up to €150,000 of PPP Subsidy per project year. Research organizations may claim up to a maximum of €150,000 PPP allowance per project. The project lasts up to 2 years.

When can you apply?

Submitting an application consists of the following three steps:

  • Step 1: Submit a letter of intent (available February 1, 2024, CET 12:00, application closes after the limit is reached)
  • Step 2: Submit full application (deadline April 9, 2024, 17:00 CET)
    Only parties selected to develop a full application may submit their applications.

Applications can be submitted at

Read the full grant call

The full grant call can be found below, which contains all specific information about this call. In addition, the corresponding submission documents can also be downloaded here. 

For further questions, please contact Sten Heck (Program Coordinator) via