Deutschland-Nederland ROCKET


ROCKET (RegiOnal Collaboration on Key Enabling Technologies) stimulates the cooperation between business and science in the German-Dutch border region between the North Sea and Lower Rhine in order to strengthen research, technological development and innovation. This project runs from 01-04-2016 to 31-03-2020 and has been executed by the core partners NMWP.NRW, Business Cluster Semiconductors, Novel-T and innos-Sperlich under the coordination of the regional development agency ‘Oost NL’. In these four years they have worked together to strengthen the innovative power and competitive capacity of high-tech companies in the Dutch-German border region. The goal is to set up and strengthen a cross-border network of a large number of high-tech SMEs and to create a platform for starting new innovative projects.

Based on this strong cooperation, more than 30 cross-border collaborations have been set up during the course of the project with the aim of strengthening and accelerating developments in Key Enabling Technologies, such as photonics, nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics, microsystem technology and new materials. A total of 153 organisations have been supported, including 112 SMEs, 15 large companies and 26 research institutes. A total of 6 feasibility studies and 11 innovation projects were financed directly from ROCKET. These funded projects resulted in 69 new products and developments. The developments within the key technologies provide the foundation for a new generation of innovations, making the region as a whole more competitive and therefore more future-proof in these times of rapid development.

The eleven innovation projects have generated the greatest impact. The content of these proposals, including exclusive film material to explain the developments comprehensibly and effectively, can be found at The topics of these projects vary, but they always relate to the domains of production, health and energy. For example, work has been done on the development of needles that can be better placed in the surface skin by means of nanotechnology, leading to a more efficient administration of insulin in order to increase the quality of life for diabetes patients. Another project has focused on the development of new material for police services, whereby the traditional cotton swab is replaced by another membrane. This results in DNA testing becoming significantly more reliable and increases the chance of criminals being caught. Within yet another project, equipment has been developed for the 2D and 3D inspection of hydrogen fuel cells at the nanoscale. This will increase the quality of these fuel cells in the production process, boosting the transition to sustainable energy.
The activities in the project have been rewarded with a number of prizes. These include the selection by the European Commission in the WATIFY project as best practice for the promotion of key technologies and by the umbrella organisation of development companies EUREKA with the Eurada Awards. We see these awards as an appreciation of the work carried out by all the partners involved during the course of the project.

The project has led to many sustainable collaborations and new connections. Not least between the project’s core partners. These five organisations will continue their efforts to stimulate technological developments and innovations by entrepreneurs in the border area. This is already evident from the development of the follow-up programme ‘ROCKET Reloaded’ and will also be an objective in a broader sense.

Would you like to know more about the project? Visit the website or contact one of the core partners in your area. Project leader Alex van Geldrop can be contacted by e-mail via or by telephone on +31 6 2885 1997.

The programme is carried out under the coordination of Oost NL and in cooperation with the partners innos Sperlich, NMWP.NRW, Novel-T and BC Semi NL. This project is financially supported under the INTERREG programme Deutschland-Nederland by the European Union, the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland, MB Niedersachsen, and MWIDE NRW.


Planned project costs

9.765.176,04 €

Project Duration

1.4.2016 - 31.3.2020


Increase of cross-border innovation in the programme area

Lead Partner

Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV

Project partners

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universiteit Twente, Stichting Business Cluster Semiconductors Oost-Nederland, Stichting Novel-T, Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW c/o NMW Management GmbH, Smart Material Printing B.V., Biomedizinisches Technologiezentrum der Medizinischen Fakultät Münster, Zuyd Hogeschool (Stichting Zuyd Hogeschool), Technik und Recht, Protyp B.V., Applied Polymer Institute B.V. (API), Baumeisterhaus, Stahl (Stahl Bauunternehmen GmbH), NB GmbH, K. L. Kaschier- und Laminier GmbH , SVD-Verpackungen GmbH, Universiteit Twente, Universität Bielefeld (Fakultät für Physik) , ROCKET Groep Nederland-Duitse bedrijven c/o Oost NV, Qmicro BV, QC1 GmbH, Aemics BV, microTEC Gesellschaft für Mikrotechnologie mbH, VELD Laser Innovations BV, PM Bearings (PM BV), Laser Application Center (Stichting LAC), Particle Metrix GmbH, ADREM Consulting GmbH, DEMCON Focal B.V., Nedstack fuel cell technology BV, HyMove B.V., innos - Sperlich GmbH, Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik ZBT GmbH, NanoFocus AG, Universiteit Twente, Saxion Hogeschool, Micronit Microtechnologies B.V., Ionovation GmbH, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Sencio B.V., neo hydrogen sensors GmbH, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Stichting Holst Center , HoDforming GmbH, Universiteit Twente (Fraunhofer Project Center), Jürgen Hirsch, VerAutomation B.V., Noviospin B.V., Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West gGmbH, NYtor B.V., Lionix B.V., Vaxxinova Intl, DoMicro B.V., VDL PPE BV, Tec-V, Techtobizz International Innovation BV, BioVolt B.V., XanTec bioanalytics GmbH, Pervatech B.V., IFG Institut für Forensische Genetik GmbH, U-Needle B.V., Inreda Diabetic B.V., Institut für Diabetesforschung in Münster GmbH, Diabetologische Schwerpunkt­praxis für Kinder und Jugendliche, Use-Lab GmbH, Kurre Spezialmaschinenbau GmbH, PCOTech B.V., KUTEC Kurre Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, Reden B.V., Nanofocus Analytics GmbH, Cobra Technologies B.V., Dopple Product Factory B.V., JLS Holding BV, Qurin Diagnostics , Deventer Ziekenhuis, FFund BV,


Financer Amount
Tec-V 4.083,97 €
PCOTech B.V. 14.507,50 €
Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik ZBT GmbH 32.741,74 €
HoDforming GmbH 98.838,79 €
Plantronics B.V. Emmen 0,00 €
SVD-Verpackungen GmbH 0,00 €
Particle Metrix GmbH 5.229,00 €
Zuyd Hogeschool (Stichting Zuyd Hogeschool) 40.032,57 €
Diabetologische Schwerpunkt­praxis für Kinder und Jugendliche 951,00 €
Jürgen Hirsch 5.171,25 €
Saxion Hogeschool 40.328,21 €
Baumeisterhaus, Stahl (Stahl Bauunternehmen GmbH) 0,00 €
ROCKET Groep Nederland-Duitse bedrijven c/o Oost NV 0,00 €
Stichting Business Cluster Semiconductors Oost-Nederland 0,00 €
Institut für Diabetesforschung in Münster GmbH 1.072,50 €
Pervatech B.V. 12.501,26 €
innos - Sperlich GmbH 0,00 €
Qurin Diagnostics 13.662,00 €
Noviospin B.V. 16.320,00 €
Applied Polymer Institute B.V. (API) 0,00 €
VELD Laser Innovations BV 0,00 €
Reden B.V. 6.934,37 €
DoMicro B.V. 9.265,22 €
Universiteit Twente 133.904,95 €
Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West gGmbH 18.906,24 €
Inreda Diabetic B.V. 31.868,90 €
Biomedizinisches Technologiezentrum der Medizinischen Fakultät Münster 49.908,08 €
Aemics BV 60.021,44 €
DEMCON Focal B.V. 101.368,83 €
XanTec bioanalytics GmbH 13.757,34 €
U-Needle B.V. 95.781,48 €
MWIDE NRW 648.122,44 €
Stichting Novel-T 0,00 €
Deventer Ziekenhuis 331,50 €
BioVolt B.V. 11.660,00 €
JLS Holding BV 12.421,25 €
Micronit Microtechnologies B.V. 46.060,65 €
QC1 GmbH 113.447,77 €
Qmicro BV 169.888,72 €
Provincie Gelderland 313.687,59 €
HyMove B.V. 12.130,86 €
Nedstack fuel cell technology BV 18.878,11 €
VDL PPE BV 4.083,97 €
Laser Application Center (Stichting LAC) 51.203,71 €
Technik und Recht 52.822,93 €
Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV 0,00 €
K. L. Kaschier- und Laminier GmbH 1.435,00 €
Cobra Technologies B.V. 5.899,00 €
IFG Institut für Forensische Genetik GmbH 7.801,80 €
Sencio B.V. 77.485,69 €
Ionovation GmbH 102.395,11 €
Kurre Spezialmaschinenbau GmbH 211.565,95 €
neo hydrogen sensors GmbH 145.963,44 €
ADREM Consulting GmbH 146.114,64 €
MB Niedersachsen 324.061,22 €
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat 469.872,63 €
EFRE / EFRO 4.741.999,50 €
Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW c/o NMW Management GmbH 0,00 €
Vaxxinova Intl 346,50 €
Techtobizz International Innovation BV 4.032,51 €
Protyp B.V. 8.256,50 €
Dopple Product Factory B.V. 14.427,00 €
Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW 22.368,11 €
Universität Duisburg-Essen 48.146,26 €
KUTEC Kurre Technologies GmbH & Co. KG 49.402,50 €
Stichting Holst Center 56.118,05 €
PM Bearings (PM BV) 58.514,78 €
Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH 100.282,34 €
VerAutomation B.V. 104.994,76 €
NanoFocus AG 57.951,52 €
Universität Bielefeld (Fakultät für Physik) 78.445,58 €
Nanofocus Analytics GmbH 0,00 €
FFund BV 546,32 €
Lionix B.V. 15.815,56 €
NYtor B.V. 32.237,44 €
Use-Lab GmbH 42.966,51 €
Universiteit Twente (Fraunhofer Project Center) 51.831,75 €
NB GmbH 96.610,96 €
Smart Material Printing B.V. 112.387,00 €
microTEC Gesellschaft für Mikrotechnologie mbH 124.380,54 €
Provincie Overijssel 188.623,43 €