DHI, Demonstration projects, Feasibility- and Investment preparation studies, is a grant scheme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the aim to:

  • stimulate and encourage Dutch companies to successfully do international business in developed and developing countries and emerging markets

Target groups and objectives DHI

The DHI consists of three parts:

  • Demonstration projects
    These are about demonstrating a technology, capital good or service in one of the DHI countries, to demonstrate to multiple parties that the demonstrated local works and is effective and cost-effective. The project itself should not be about export, but should promote export opportunities.
  • Feasibility studies
    A potential customer in one of the DHI countries indicates in a letter of intent that he wants to invest in Dutch technology, capital goods or services. First, the customer wants to explore with the Dutch company whether this investment is technically and financially feasible. The (local) market has already been sufficiently researched and the technology has already been proven. The study may lead to export to the target country.
  • Investment preparation studies
    Your company wants to investigate whether an investment in one of the DHI countries is technically and financially feasible. Based on an investment preparation study, you decide to actually invest and obtain financing for this investment. The investment preparation study will result in a business plan.

Conditions, characteristics and key figures


  • For 2023, €8.5 million in total is available for activities in emerging and developed markets, and for activities in developing countries.
  • The DHI scheme is a tender programme.
  • Project cost should be at least € 50,000 (meaning requested funding should comprise at least €25,000).
  • DHI is open to all countries, except for the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and possibly countries which are subject to international sanctions
  • For DGGF countries*, the development relevance component is important for the application.
  • The expected impact is a size of the export related to the amount of grant.
  • Submission deadline: applications may be submitted as from 1 January 2023.
  • With the project, you realise exports worth at least 5 times the grant amount for DGGF countries and 10 times the grant amount for DTIF countries.

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