The WBSO (Wet Bevordering Speur- en Ontwikkelingswerk) is a tax scheme for stimulating technical innovations. To receive this subsidy, the company in question must conduct a Research and Development (R&D) project. This sounds complicated, but it is much simpler than it sounds.

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The WBSO

Subsidie Op Maat is your partner for applying for WBSO subsidies in the Netherlands. Discover how we support companies through a personal and transparent approach in stimulating innovations. Benefit from the advantages of the WBSO subsidy and reach new heights for your company. We like to think along with your company without any obligation. No need for pre-prepared applications, we support you from A to Z.

With over 1.3 billion euros of available subsidy on innovation and development, the WBSO subsidy is an important motivator for innovations in the Netherlands. Your company can also claim the WBSO subsidy. The WBSO is an allowance for the labor costs incurred in developing a new technical idea or solving a technical problem in the company. With Subsidie Op Maat you and an experienced intermediary look at how your organization, sole proprietorship or employer can give shape to this idea and thereby claim this subsidy. The WBSO subsidy is also available for ZZP'ers. For more information about this, see our blog ZZP'ers en de WBSO.

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Why start using the WBSO subsidy for your company?

  • Together, we'll think about your options. We'll explain the process and help you think through the activities that might be eligible for this grant.
  • Unique within our industry: we write the grant application. We take into account the latest insights and changes in subsidy rules and requirements. In this way, we ensure that the application has the best possible chance of being approved.
  • We supervise the process from A to Z. We monitor deadlines and deadlines and help set up the mandatory subsidy administration. In addition, we act as an intermediary if you have questions for the RFO or if the RFO has questions for you.

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Who is the WBSO intended for?

That is perhaps the best thing about the WBSO subsidy, it is available to almost all entrepreneurs, sole proprietors and ZZPs. Because ZZP'ers or sole proprietors generally do not have employees, the WBSO subsidy is also not calculated as a deduction from the payroll tax payment. Instead, you receive an additional deduction. This way, ZZP'ers or sole proprietors can still benefit from this WBSO subsidy scheme!

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Curious about the possibilities regarding the WBSO for your company? Then contact us, we are happy to think along with you!

On the basis of 'no cure, no pay' we take care of a WBSO application that we submit to the RFO.

How is the WBSO settled?

The WBSO (Wet Bevordering Speur- en Ontwikkelingswerk) concerns a fiscal innovation scheme, as officially named by the RVO. In practice, it should be noted that it is not a "subsidy," but rather a scheme. This scheme provides partial reimbursement of costs and expenses related to research and development (R&D) projects. The exact financial outcome of the WBSO scheme depends on the legal structure of the company and is processed in the tax return.

There are two methods for offsetting the WBSO:

Fixed-sum method

Under the fixed-sum method, the applicant receives a payroll tax rebate based on the hours spent on the project. The rebate is based on a rough estimate of the average wage costs an entrepreneur (irrespective of the specific business sector) will incur in carrying out R&D. 

Actual costs and expenses

The second method is that you choose the actual costs and expenses incurred. Here the additional amount is based on an estimate of the costs and expenses to be incurred for the purpose of the innovation project. Example are costs incurred to purchase materials for the innovative idea. Important here is that these costs are 1:1 attributable to the WBSO project.

Note: The choice of either the fixed-sum method or the actual costs and expenses will be fixed for the entire calendar year at the time of the first application.

For more information on offsetting the WBSO subsidy, please refer to our blog on offsetting the WBSO subsidy.


Frequently Asked Questions

Then check out our blog on suitable grant projects. After that, do you still have no idea if your project is suitable? Then get in touch and we'll discuss it together.

For providing our services, we charge 15% of the grant amount. We work on a no cure, no pay basis: if you do not receive the subsidy, you owe us nothing.

We will always try to submit an application together that is as promising as possible. Of course, there is always a chance that your project will raise questions with the RVO, or that it will eventually be rejected. We will do our best to answer the questions of the RVO to ensure that the project has as much chance of success as possible. This way of working has ensured that we get very few rejections, after years of being in the business. If our customer does get a rejection, we will not send an invoice as we work based on no cure, no pay. We will then come over to look at other subsidy possibilities and simply try again.

Please contact us

Together we look at current work and projects to find, consider or support grant opportunities for you.

Nila Luyten

Your WBSO partner.

T: 015 202 46 99
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