DEI+ Demonstration Energy Innovation


The aim of the Dutch Climate Agreement is to achieve a 49% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. The Energy and Climate Innovation Demonstration (DEI+) supports this goal by achieving CO2 reductions in the most cost-effective way possible. Therefore, the DEI+ focuses on new innovative products, processes, or services that contribute to CO2 reduction (or CO2 equivalent) in the Netherlands.

Themes, Budgets, and Grants

The DEI+ is open to different themes. The table below provides an overview of the themes for 2020. These have a joint budget of €86.1 million and are open from 15 January 2020 until 7 January 2021.


DEI+ themes 2020
Energy efficiency
Renewable Energy
(including flexibilisation of the electricity system and spatial integration)
Local infrastructure
Circular Economy
CC(U)S: Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage
Other CO2-reduction measures in industry or in the electricity sector


DEI+ themes with their own budgets:


DEI+ Homes, neighbourhoods, and buildings without natural gas15-01-2020 up to and including 07-01-2021€9,000,000
DEI+ Circular economy01-07-2019 up to and including 22-08-2020€44,000,000


A maximum of €15 million can be applied for per project (with the exception of €9 million for natural gas-free housing, neighbourhoods, and buildings). Grant rates range from 25% for experimental development to 30-50% for demonstration, varying for each theme. It is possible to increase this by 10-20% for small and medium-sized business.

Target Group(s)

Both individual companies and participants in joint ventures (with at least 1 company amongst the consortium partners) can apply for the DEI+. Universities may also participate in projects. Whilst provinces and municipalities may participate in projects, they cannot receive subsidy.



  • Within all themes, both pilots and demonstration projects may be applied for, with the exception of CC(U)S and flexibilisation of the electricity system, including hydrogen, for which only pilots are allowed.
  • The maximum duration of projects is 4 years.
  • Within the theme ‘Circular Economy’, projects with a grant of €3 million or less must be completed by the end of 2020. Projects with a higher grant amount have a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • Small projects of which all project partners have individually applied for less than €125,000 for any of these themes have a maximum duration of 1 year.
  • Projects within the energy innovation theme have a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • Projects must be realised in the Netherlands (or in Bonaire, St. Eustatius, or Saba). The CO2 reduction must also take place there.
  • Projects may not have started before the application has been submitted.

A Programme in Transition

Since 2019, the DEI+ has undergone major changes compared to previous years. The scope of the programme has been broadened. The focus is no longer only on energy innovations and the production of renewable energy: From 2019 onwards, the focus will also be on CO2 reduction. As a result, the number of categories in which applications can be submitted, has been expanded. In practice, this means that many more projects can apply for the scheme. In addition, that grants will now be distributed according to the first-come-first-serve principle. Previously, 2 tenders were opened annually.

*The amounts and criteria mentioned in this document are based on the opening of the DEI+ in 2019. Budgets and grant rules may change.

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