To actively boost innovation and research programs, the TechMed Centre invests in joint initiatives via funds and voucher programs. These programs have a wide variation in available budget, partner participation and topics. For each program’s criteria, visit the respective page.  

Pioneers in Healthcare

The Pioneers in HealthCare (PiHC) Innovation Fund stimulates bottom-up collaboration between the world of new technologies and medical practice. The fund is supported by the UT, MST, ZGT and Menzis and challenges technical researchers and medical specialists to initiate cross-institute research programs. For details, visit the PiHC website.


Annually, four joint research initiatives between the University of Twente and Radboudumc are granted with €80K within the Twente University RadBoudumc Opportunities (TURBO) program. Typically, these projects the start of new collaborations between the institutes, details here.

TechMed Living Lab

The partners of the TechMed Living Lab (in Dutch: TechMed Proeftuin) offer individual case support and a series of workshops to stimulate the medical impact and speed up the economic return of new healthcare concepts and products. Researchers and entrepreneurs in the field of medical technology can apply for support and join the bi-monthly workshops free of charge. This initiative is financially supported by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) via OP-Oost (Operational Programme East Netherlands).

BOOSTER projects

The University of Twente ( UT) and the Westfälische Wilhelms- Universität Münster (WWU) offer financial support for BOOSTER projects to stimulate structural collaborations in Medical Imaging research between the two institutes. BOOSTER projects are 1 or 2 year projects with a focus on setting up or strengthening collaboration between UT and WWU and getting first results and knowledge. Visit the BOOSTER page for more information on upcoming/latest calls.

Province of Overijssel - Subsidy Innovationvouchers

Are you (working with) MKB located in Overijssel? You can apply for an innovation voucher to test efficacy of a technological, societal or smart industry innovation. With up to 50% funding and an amount of up to €10.000,-, this is an attractive means of financial support to bring your innovation to the market. Applications accepted throughout the year. More information on the website of the subsidie innovation vouchers (Dutch)