Frequently Asked Questions

On the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Dutch AI Coalition (NL AIC) you can read the answers to the most common questions. If your question is not listed here, please contact our Communications Department.


What is the added value of the NL AIC?

The NL AIC is a public-private partnership in which government, industry, educational and research institutions and civil society organizations work together. The coalition aims to stimulate, support and where necessary organize Dutch activities in AI. It wants to put the Netherlands in a vanguard position in the field of knowledge and application of AI for prosperity and well-being while respecting Dutch and European values. The NL AIC functions as the catalyst of AI applications in our country.

What is the scope of the NL AIC?

AI’s impact on our prosperity and well-being is already being felt in virtually all economic sectors and reaching into our private lives. This is expected to increase in coming years. Therefore, the scope of the NL AIC is broad where we focus on five generic themes, also called building blocks (see Building Blocks), which are relevant to all application areas such as Health and Care and Agriculture and Nutrition (see Application Areas). The NL AIC aims to play a sustainable ecosystem role in AI for the Netherlands. The NL AIC’s AiNed investment plan has a time horizon of about seven years in which we are now focusing on programming activities for the first two years. Based on data-driven insights, lessons learned and current circumstances, the next phases are further shaped. Finally, the NL AIC has an international dimension where we focus on influencing and leveraging the policies and resources of the European Commission, positioning the Netherlands as a leading AI country and cooperating with key partner countries in Europe and beyond.

What does AI mean?

AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, a technological development that is and will greatly determine our future prosperity and well-being. Due to the generic nature of the technology, AI will impact all business sectors, our private lives and society. It is difficult to define exactly what AI means, but the following description is often used: The ability of a system to correctly interpret external data, to learn from this data, and to use these lessons to accomplish specific goals and tasks through flexible adaptation. This ability has traditionally been reserved for humans.

What does the abbreviation NL AIC mean?

The abbreviation NL AIC stands for the Dutch AI Coalition.

Where can I find publications from the NL AIC?

The publications of the NL AIC can be found on this page.

Building blocks

Will the number of building blocks be expanded?

For the next three years, we do not expect an increase in the number of building blocks. Of course, we keep a close eye on developments and adjust where necessary.

How were the building blocks created?

The NL AIC works together to provide needed knowledge, expertise and results on five themes, also called building blocks: Data Sharing, Human Capital, Human-Focused AI, Research and Innovation and Startups and Scale-ups. These building blocks are important for innovative impact in economic and societal application areas (sectors). The building blocks clearly emerged as of common interest in exploratory discussions with many players in the field. We expect them to remain important in the years to come.

How will the substantive direction of the working groups be determined?

Each building block has a working group, in which participants can join, to address cross-sectoral challenges and opportunities. The working groups are the source of knowledge and experience from and for participants. Together and with the help of a coordinator and chairperson, they determine their own approach and topics.

How can I participate in one or more building blocks?

As a participant in the NL AIC, you can indicate which building blocks you would like to contribute to when you register. In addition, as a participant, it is possible to learn about the progress and results of all other building blocks.

Focus areas

What application areas does the NL AIC focus on?

For the development of knowledge and experience in the application of AI in the Netherlands, it is important to focus on specific sectors, relevant to the Netherlands, where good results can be achieved and where knowledge and experience are being developed and can potentially be applied in other sectors. Currently, from the NL AIC there are working groups active in the following Application Areas: application areas Culture, Defense, Energy and Sustainability, Financial Services, Health and Care, Port and Maritime, Agriculture and Food, Mobility, Transport and Logistics, Education, Public Services, Technical Industry, and Security, Peace and Law.

Can new Areas of Application be added?

The number of application areas can be expanded. For this it is important that there is a broad and sufficiently large group of organizations that will benefit and actively participate.

Can I join one or more application areas on behalf of my organization?

As a participant in the NL AIC, you can indicate which scope(s) you would like to contribute to when you register. Different people from participating organization can participate in different application areas. It is also possible as a participant to learn about the progress and results of other application areas through, for example, (online) events.

How can I participate in one or more working groups per scope?

As a participant in the NL AIC, you can indicate which working group(s) you would like to contribute to when you register. Different people from participating organization can participate in different working groups. It is also possible as a participant to learn about the progress and results of other working groups through, for example, (online) events.


Is there a cost to participate?

Ja, er zijn kosten verbonden aan deelname aan de NL AIC. Raadpleeg deze pagina voor meer informatie.

Which parties can participate in the NL AIC?

Legal entities, specifically business (large, small, startup), government, research and educational institutions and social or other organizations can participate in the NL AIC. Natural persons (individuals) cannot participate as such but can participate as representatives of said organizations. We invite you to consult the page with more information about the criteria for participation.

What does participation in the NL AIC provide?

Joining the Dutch AI Coalition means: Starting new initiatives and projects quickly. Joining forces and learning from others. Access to relevant contacts and organizations in the Dutch AI field. Partner in new investment incentives for AI. Participate in a strong proposition of the Netherlands in the field of knowledge and innovation in Europe.

In what ways can I participate in the NL AIC?

Om een zo groot mogelijke impact te bereiken voor de ontwikkeling en toepassing van AI in Nederland worden twee varianten om deel te nemen aangeboden. Organisaties kunnen op twee niveaus meedoen: via een participatielidmaatschap of via een introductielidmaatschap. We nodigen u graag uit de pagina met meer informatie over deelname te raadplegen.

Is there a list of participants in the NL AIC?

You can see the list of participants in the NL AIC on this page.

Is participation on an annual basis?

Participation in the NL AIC is basically on an annual basis. We would greatly appreciate a long-term commitment to the NL AIC.


How is the NL AIC funded?

The NL AIC receives a financial contribution from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations to initiate substantive projects and to facilitate the coordination and support activities of the working groups. The NL AIC also receives dues from NL AIC participants to (partially) fund substantive projects and networking activities and support the working groups.

What are the duties of the Coalition Desk?

The Coalition Desk provides day-to-day support to the working groups and serves as a resource for participants. In addition, administration, communication and progress reporting are provided from this team and participants are supported in obtaining resources from, for example, EU funds.

What are the duties of the Program Team?

The Program Team is the substantive engine of the NL AIC and brings together all the knowledge and experience from the working groups into building blocks and application areas. She advises and informs the Strategy Team and is responsible for implementation of policies to participating organizations in application areas and building blocks.

What are the tasks of the Strategy Team?

The Strategy Team consists of representative policy representatives from research and education, government, industry and AI end-users and society. The team deals with strategy, policy and progress on headlines and stakeholder management.

How is the NL AIC now organized?

In addition to the working groups in building blocks and application areas, the organizational structure of the NL AIC consists of three administrative entities: Strategy Team, Program Team and the Coalition Desk.

How did the NL AIC come about?

The NL AIC was originally an initiative of VNO-NCW MKB-Nederland, the Ministry of EZK, TNO, Seedlink, Philips, Ahold Delhaize, IBM, and Topsector ICT.


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Building Blocks

We work together to achieve results on five themes, also called building blocks.

Focus areas

We work together to achieve results on five themes, also called building blocks.

Use cases

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) anyway? We speak of AI when a system is capable, just as humans can, of making decisions independently based on observations (data) and learning from data.