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ROCKET (RegiOnal Collaboration on Key Enabling Technologies) promotes cooperative ventures between the business and science communities in the German-Dutch border region between the North Sea and the Lower Rhine. The aim is to strengthen advances in research, technology development and innovation in the technologies that are prevalent in this region. These key technologies are nanotechnology, microsystem technique, micro- and nanotechnology, innovative materials & elements, and photonica and are the key to answering many of today’s global challenges.

Oost NV is leading partner in the ROCKET-project.

This initiative is financed by the European Union within the framework of the INTERREG Program and its partners.

ROCKET has 6 innovation paths. While implementing these, we perform 30 feasibility studies of additional trajectories that lead to about 15 additional trajectories.

Budget € 10,000,000

The goals of ROCKET are:

  • Defining, subsidising and delivering cross-border innovation projects in the sectors healthcare, energy and production.
  • Evaluating project ideas through conducting feasibility studies
  • Accelerating knowledge transfer in order to develop up to 40 market-ready products based on the above-mentioned technologies.
  • Establishing cross-border networks consisting of a large number of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).
  • Improving the competitiveness of the regional SMEs, stimulating their growth so that they can create more job opportunities. 

Show us your idea!

Join the ROCKET team and show us your idea for a cross-border project. The countdown has already started for financing feasibility studies or for one of the partners to begin directly with one of the innovation projects.

Feasibility study

A maximum of €48.000 subsidy for feasibility studies* up to € 80.000 (max. 60% subsidy) and a maximum of € 15.000 subsidy per SME.
Every feasibility study should have the active commitment of at least two cross-border SMEs. The management of the study should be headed by a single company.

Innovation projects

A maximum of €480.000 subsidy for innovation projects* up to € 800.000 in total volume (max. 60%) and a maximum of € 180.000 subsidy per SME (60% over € 300.000), and € 90.000 per knowledge institution (60% over € 150.000).
Duration 2-3 years.
The average innovation project is around € 600.000 and the project partners are primarily SMEs, potentially in cooperation with a research institute.

Already approved and currently running projects:

SAIL PRO (production)
The development of a laser-based production process using nanoparticles and the high degree of usability in a wide range of areas is the hallmark of this Safe and Amplified Industrial Laser (SAIL PRO) project.

Antibacterial Materials (healthcare and production)
Modern antibacterial materials built on a foundation of ceramics offer many possibilities for consumer products as well as clinical use.

SuperSurf (energy & production)
Fuel cells promise to be the energy-converters of the future. The production demands a highly-reliable quality control for its components. The SuperSurf project meets this need by developing a 2D and 3D measuring system for optical inspection: surface measurement systems for fuel cell production.

Fast-Pharma (healthcare)
The production of very specialised pharmaceuticals for ‘molecular imaging’ requires very high standards for quality control. In order to reduce the time needed for analysis, as well as to improve the process control, the project Fast-Pharma’s goal is to develop a contact analysis tool. Fast-Phara stands for Fast microGC analyser for pharmaceutical applications.

The ROCKET-subsidy region
The ROCKET project focuses on the German-Dutch border region. In order to best meet the needs of the individual project partners there have been five regional coordination points (Oost NL, Business Cluster Semiconductors Netherlands, Novel-T, Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW and innos – Sperlich GmbH). Each of these points will make available a personal contact person as well as a local advisor.

* The number of feasibility studies and innovation projects will be determined on the basis of the established budget.