Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for Key Enabling Technologies

In the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for Key Enabling Technologies, the Top Sectors jointly express their ambitions in the area of technology development. The selected key enabling technologies are widely applicable and have a significant impact on innovations in different sectors. They will radically change the way we live, learn, innovate, work and produce, and generate opportunities for solving problems in society.

Key enabling technologies also play an essential role in overcoming societal challenges. In addition, they have the potential to contribute significantly to the economy, by creating new business activities and new markets, increasing competitiveness, and boosting job growth. 

“These technologies help us make advances on all fronts now and in the future: scientifically, economically and socially. For example, by generating solutions to issues related to climate, security, mobility and healthcare.”

Source: Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, A more forceful choice for key technologies, 2020

Technology clusters 

The Agenda for Enabling Technologies includes the following technology clusters: 

  • Chemical Technologies 
  • Digital Technologies 
  • Engineering and Fabrication Technologies 
  • Photonics and Light Technologies 
  • Advanced Materials 
  • Quantum Technologies 
  • Life science Technologies 
  • Nano Technologies 

These clusters define the technical scope for the key enabling technologies approach as part of the Mission-Driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy (in Dutch). They have been chosen based on the ‘Quantitative analysis of Dutch research and innovation in key technologies’ study (Elsevier Research Intelligence, 2018).

Coordination of implementation 

Holland High Tech coordinates implementation of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for Key Enabling Technologies. The associated theme team drives the Agenda forward by setting out the course for the development of key enabling technologies and by pooling forces and resources. The associated core team oversees substantive implementation via Broadly Supported Programmes.

These Broadly Supported Programmes (BGP's) have their scientific basis in one or more key enabling technologies, encompass one or more application domains, and can count on support and (financial) commitment from one or more partners within the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC). 


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Developments KIA Key Enabling Technologies

Marc Hendrikse, leader of our top sector and chairman of the KIA Key Technologies theme team, gave an extensive update on the results achieved and the prospects for the future of the KIA Key Technologies.

Complete letter (in Dutch)

What is a Knowledge and Innovation Agenda?

The government has formulated a new approach for the top sectors and innovation in its Mission-Driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy. In this approach, economic opportunities and societal tasks are two sides of the same coin. The Mission-Driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy includes 25 missions divided into 4 societal themes. Since 2019, the top sectors have worked together to create Knowledge and Innovation Agendas for each societal theme, with key enabling technologies and societal earning capacity as the underlying focus.

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KIA Sleuteltechnologieën 2020-2023
KIA-ST - Bijlage A - Kennis & Innovatievragen
KIA-ST - Bijlage B - Meerjarenprogramma's (MJP's) overzicht KIA-ST
KIA-ST - Bijlage D - Sleutelmethodologieën (KEM's) voor missiegedreven innovatie

Appendices C - proposals

01 MJP Fenotye-Genotype-Prototype
02 MJP Building Blocks of Life (cellulaire systemen)
03 MJP Veredeling 2.0: Exploreren, exploiteren en combineren van genomen
04 MJP High Tech to Feed the World (HT2ftW)
05 MJP Directe conversie zonne-energie voor een circulaire economie
06 MJP Verbetering van de fotosynthese-efficientie
07 MJP Nationale Agenda Quantumtechnologie
09 MJP Nano-contamination control
10 MJP Nano4Society
13 MJP Smart personalized food and medicine
14 MJP Maatschappelijke gewenste en veilige biotechnologische toepassingen (Safe-by-Design)
16 MJP MedTech verbetert uitkomsten voor patiënten en verlicht inzicht van zorgpersoneel
17 MJP Biomedical Engineering for Health
18 MJP Flexible Electronics
20 MJP Beyond 5G (Future Networks and Services)
21 MJP Photonics for Society
22 MJP Integrated Photonics
23 MJP Light & Intelligent Lighting
24 MJP Chip Integration Technology Center (CITC)
25 MJP Halfgeleider Fabricage Apparatuur
26 MJP Systeemarchitectuur en Systeemintegratie
27 MJP Composiet
30 MJP Industry 4.0 for the Built Environment
32 MJP Materials Innovations
33 MJP Duurzame Chemische Industrie door Gesloten Kringlopen (Circulaire Plastics)
34 MJP Smart Industry
38 MJP Batteries of the Future
41 MJP Duurzame Luchtvaart Ontwikkeling Hybride Elektrisch Vliegen
42 MJP Maritieme Sleuteltechnologieën
44 MJP Nationaal Artificiële Intelligentie (AI) Onderzoekscentrum
45 MJP Nederland Werkt in Slimme Ketens aan Artificiële Intelligentie (AI)
48 MJP AI enabled Electronic Components & Systems addressing societal solutions
49 MJP Ruimtevaart (gebruik van de ruimte)
54 MJP Blockchain
55 MJP Cybersecurity - Digitale Veiligheid en Privacy
56 MJP Elektrochemische Conversie & Materialen (ECCM) en Industriële Electricificatie
58 MJP Biorizon (bio-aromaten)
59 MJP Climate Proof Chemistry
70 MJP Katalyse en procestechnologie
71 MJP Meet en Detectietechnologie (M&D)
72 MJP Evidence Based Sending (EBS)
73 MJP Soft Advanced Materials (SAM)
82 MJP Materialen - made in Holland
84 MJP Dutch contribution to international Big Science Facilities
86 MJP BRIDGE (Life Sciences Technologies)
87 MJP Vitality Lifestyle and Ageing-in-place for people with (early) dementia in Smart Cities
88 MJP D-ART: D-RACE Advanced Radar Technology
89 MJP Technology for smart, safe and green mobility
90 MJP Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography
92 MJP Medische Isotopen
93 MJP Photovoltaic Technology (Solliance) 

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