NL Agency came about through a merger of EVD, The Netherlands Patent Office (Octrooicentrum Nederland) and SenterNovem. Focussing on sustainability, innovation, international business and cooperation, NL Agency is the number one contact point for businesses, knowledge institutions and government bodies. One single contact point for information, advice, financing, networking and regulatory matters. One single contact point for a quicker and better service.
Furthermore, NL Agency acts as the eyes and ears for the various contracting ministries, providing advice on the current state of society. This should lead to a closer correlation between policy and implementation in the future.
NL Agency also works on behalf of international organisations such as the European Union, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and foreign governments. Through us these organisations gain access to a broad Dutch network of knowledge institutes, research centres, trade associations, companies and government officials. We also participate in numerous international platforms and counselling groups.
With the knowledge and experience gained in the Netherlands and abroad, we can help you assess your specific project. We offer a wide spectrum of products and services that can be used by the government in public-private partnerships. From developing and disseminating knowledge, to monitoring and developing policy instruments and to managing subsidy schemes. We act as a full partner, e.g. as programme manager, participant or programme adviser. We can help you convert your policy into reality.
Our products and services
These web pages offer an overview of NL Agency's wide array of domestic and international projects. Follow the link to Products & Services to find over 40 programmes and projects where we support sustainable economic development through co-operation and innovation. If you'd like to know more about one these programmes, click the links to their websites (in English) or use the contact details to get in touch.
NL Agency offers a wide spectrum of products and services that can be used by governments in all sorts of public-private collaborations and partnerships. NL Agency focuses on implementation of policies of both national and international governments. In order to do so, NL Agency offers:
- Streamlining processes
NL Agency facilitates public-private collaborations through working agreements, drawing up plans and by making sure everyone keeps to their end of the deal.
- Building and maintaining knowledge networks
Valuable knowledge gets even more value when it is shared instead of locked away. We promote collaboration in order to unlock knowledge and bring those who possess knowledge and those who require it together. Give your programme a head start through the use of existing expertise and knowledge.
- Acquiring and disseminating knowledge
Reproducing successful approaches can be an efficient way to reach you goal. NL Agency provides access to information about practices that have already proven to be effective.
A comprehensive monitoring system is key when implementing policy goals. Monitoring and showing progress early on in a project allows you to evaluate and adjust strategies.
- Developing policy instruments
Implementing policy involves a mix of instruments including legislation, subsidies and marketing strategies. For every policy the mix is different. As objectives, target groups and circumstances will vary. We can help develop an effective mix by using a logical framework approach.
- Counselling on policy and implementation
By having an outsider screen your blueprints and policy, you can identify strengths and weaknesses. Is the market ready? Where are the bottlenecks? Is there government support? Will legislation change behaviour?
- Implementing subsidy schemes
Subsidies can be powerful instruments but they require thorough preparation and guidance. Also, the cost effectiveness of schemes should be kept in mind. SenterNovem has vast experience in promoting subsidies and processing applications.
NL Agency in the international arena
NL Agency operates at an international level on a variety of themes and countless assignments. The organisation regards this as being inextricably linked to the innovation and sustainability mission. Our international efforts are based on assignments from the Netherlands Ministries but also the European Union. NL Agency has approximately 100 staff members working on international activities, which is well over 10% of the assignment staff.
NL Agency's projects are grouped into four themes: