SBIR-call: Autonomous IT/OT Security

19 Apr 2024
Author: HSD Foundation

Would you like to contribute to a more cyber resilient and future-proof Netherlands? Based on the objectives of the Dutch Cybersecurity Strategy and the CS4NL programme, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) challenges entrepreneurs to develop innovative products and services that can autonomously secure IT/OT networks. 


In this SBIR call, companies are invited to develop technological innovations to enable IT/OT networks to self-detect, stop and/or quickly repair any cyber security threats. Automation is essential to cope with the increasing flow of data, attacks and staff shortages. You can submit your tender until 29 May 2024.


Netherlands Cybersecurity Strategy (NLCS) 2022-2028 

The Ministry of Economic Affairs challenges entrepreneurs to develop new products and services to achieve the innovation goals of the NLCS 2022-2028. From this strategy, the cooperation platform dcypher was designated to create innovative product development between knowledge institutes and business via thematic roadmaps and communities. Through dcypher's widely supported programme 'CS4NL', the theme for this SBIR call was created.

The themes and activities covered by NLCS focus on complex cybersecurity challenges, such as:

  • Making vital infrastructures more resilient to digital attacks.
  • Earlier recognition of vulnerabilities in software and hardware. 
  • Future-proofing encryption techniques.
  • Strengthening cybersecurity skills.  



A budget of up to €1,500,000 is available (all amounts include VAT).

  • For phase 1, a budget of €400,000 is available for carrying out feasibility studies. The maximum amount per project is €30,000.
  • For phase 2, a budget of €1,100,000 is available for developing the innovation. The maximum amount per project is €200,000.

Important dates

  • 1 May 2024: 09:45 - 12:00 Information meeting
  • 29 May 2024: 17:00 Closing of tender submission phase 1
  • 5 July 2024: Contract awarding phase 1

More information?

Click here, for more information about the conditions and how to submit your tender (in Dutch). Do you have any questions about this SBIR call? Please send an email to  


Source: Dcypher & RVO




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