Growing Innovation Through a Sustainability Transition (GIST)

Together with lead partner Cleantech Flanders and the municipality of Rotterdam, Clean Tech Delta is partner of the Interreg project GIST. The project aims at reducing the ecological footprint of the process- and manufacturing industry in the border region Netherlands-Flanders. We do this by developing and co-financing FEED-feasibility studies for sustainable innovations which require investments. The aim of these feasibility studies is to bridge the ‘Valley of Death’ for technological innovations, which otherwise would not reach the market due to high development costs and (technological) risks.



The project runs from January 1 2018 till December 31 2020. In this period, companies in the proces- and manufacturing industry get five opportunities to hand in proposals for FEED-studies. In every call for proposals a different theme is highlighted such as, resources, energy, water, mobility and circular.


Co-financing 25 FEED-feasibility studies.

Two types of studies for which proposals can be handed in:

  • FEED-feasibility study, for detailing of concepts, risk-identification and mitigation. In particular it is about operational challenges, including financial risks.
  • FEED-light feasibility study for specific technical challenges. Here the focus lies on collaboration between asset-owners and knowledge institutions.

Collaboration between the Netherlands and Flanders

GIST is made possible by financing trough Interreg. Interreg has the goal to make Europe stronger and to reduce economical differences between regions and member states by stimulating collaborative projects. The project is coordinated by VITO/Cleantech Flanders, Clean Tech Delta and the municipality of Rotterdam.

For Clean Tech Delta in specific this project offers a lot of opportunities for the players that are active in the process heavy  industries, often linked to the harbor. But also for companies that face challenges with the change towards using renewable energy and more circularity. Lastly Clean Tech Delta can link challenges with one of the knowledge institutions in our network.

Join the project!

Go to for more information on the project, the conditions and coming events. 


For any questions regarding the project and how your organization could fit in, please contact Eli Prins: