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Commercialisation Fund for 3rd Level Researchers


Ireland's EU Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014-2020 - Co-funded by the Irish Government and the European UnionEuropean Union European Structural and Investment Funds

Am I eligible?
Maximum funding level
How to apply
Call close date


The aim of the Commercialisation Fund Programme is to improve the competitiveness of the Irish economy through the creation of technology based start-up companies and the transfer of innovations developed in Higher Education Institutes and Research Performing Organisations to industry in Ireland. 

The programme will fund the development of innovations at all stages of the commercial pipeline to the point where they can be commercialised as new products, services and companies.

Commercialisation Fund Project Support is available for projects that address a gap or need in the market by developing innovations that will ideally be ready for licensing to Irish industry or may form the basis of a new start-up in 2-5 years. It is recognised however that some innovations may need a longer time to get to market than others.

Funding is also available in the form of a Commercial Case Feasibility Grant to investigate, scope and develop a commercial case for your innovation in advance of submitting a Commercialisation Fund support application to the programme.


Am I eligible?

Researchers in third level institutions and non-profit research agencies and organisations in the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply.


Maximum funding level

Proposals with costs typically ranging from €80,000 to €350,000 from all disciplines in the field of science and engineering will be accepted. Proposals with costs outside this range will be considered on a case by case basis.


How to apply

You should seek the advice of your Technology Transfer Office (or equivalent) and Enterprise Ireland at least one month before planning your application.

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An online system for submitting CF project support applications to the programme along with updated call documents will be available in January 2015. In the interim to assist you in preparing to submit a CF project support application online view a sample CF project support application form (pdf) generated from the on-line system.

The online application is a hybrid form comprising fields/tables to be completed online and sections of the application that are completed offline using templates downloaded from the online application, completed offline and uploaded as pdfs to the online application. The application includes the following sections:

  • Applicants and Contributors - Fielded online;
  • Project Details - Fielded online plus upload a ‘Resubmission Appendix pdf (5 page limit)’ where the CF project was previously submitted to the programme;
  • Executive Summary - Fielded online;
  • Technical and Commercial Information Section - Download template and complete offline and upload the ‘Technical and Commercial Information’ section pdf (10 page limit);
  • Project Workplan - Fielded online with the option to upload a Gantt chart pdf and schematics pdf to support the tasks of the workplan;
  • Project budget - Fielded online with each institution completing its own budget;
  • Project team - Fielded online and upload CVs (2 page limit);
  • Other information - Option to upload additional information (free-form) pdfs to the application including Letters of support, equipment quotes etc.

A word version of the Technical and Commercial Information section can be downloaded here to assist early preparation of prospective CF Project Support applications to the 1st call in 2015.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Once the online system is ‘live’, the paper-based application system for Commercialisation Fund Project Support Applications will no longer be available.


Call close date

The 1st call for CF project Support applications in 2015 will close at 17.00 hrs. on February 20th 2015.

Proposals can also be invited at any time by a Director of Enterprise Ireland's three Technology Directorates, namely Lifesciences and Food, ICT and Manufacturing, Engineering and Energy Commercialisation. Invited proposals may include:

  • Resubmissions from a previous call where the proposals have been strengthened based on the panel comments and the Director is satisfied to invite the proposal for submission.
  • Proposals where the commercial case for the innovation has been well developed through interaction with the Technology Transfer Office or equivalent office and Enterprise Ireland and the Director is satisfied to invite the proposal for submission.


Contact/Further Information

For further information, please contact:

Majella Maher
Programme Manager

Enterprise Ireland
IDA Business Park
Tel. +353 91 735927

Click here to email Majella Maher, Enterprise Ireland Galway office.Majella Maher

For more information on programmes and supports for commercialisation of college-based research, go to the Researchers section of the website.