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Innovation Partnership Programme



Am I eligible?
Maximum funding available
How to apply
Call close dates
Key contact/more information



The Innovation Partnership Programme can help you to take your business to the next level. Enterprise Ireland can help your company to access the latest skills and expertise from research institutes throughout Ireland.   

The Innovation Partnership Programme can provide up to 80% of the cost of research work to develop new and improved products, processes or services, or generate new knowledge and know-how.

In an independent survey of companies that participated in the Innovation Partnership Programme:

  • 96% of respondents would be willing to recommend the Programme to other businesses.
  • 71% of participant companies surveyed said that their objectives were largely or fully achieved.
  • Each €1 of funding invested by Enterprise Ireland in Innovation Partnerships delivered €7.71 Net Turnover Impact at the company side.


Innovation Partnership Video - take a look at what some of the companies say about the programme...


Am I eligible?

The company must be a registered client of one of the following state development agencies: Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Local Enterprise Office, Údarás na Gaeltachta. 

The company must have the full support of their assigned Development Adviser/Agency Contact to participate in the programme. This support must be confirmed before any application forms are submitted. Clusters of companies and/or research institutes are welcome to apply to the programme.


Maximum funding available

Our Innovation Partnership brochure (pdf) provides the essential details on funding, eligibility and key dates. 


Identifying a Research Partner

Whatever sector that your company is in, from Big Data to Medical Devices and beyond, you can find research partners through the Research Map of Ireland.


How to apply

  • Our Guidelines help you through the application process and our Frequently Asked Questions aim to answer any additional queries that you may have. Our application forms are below.
  • Contact the Innovation Partnership Team to discuss your idea.


Call close dates

  • Outline Proposals and Feasibility Proposals can be submitted at any time.
  • FULL Innovation Partnership Proposals can be submitted following a review of an Outline Proposals or a positive outcome of a Feasibility Study.

Below is the schedule for FULL Innovation Partnership Proposals for 2015 and 2016.





IPP dates 2015 IPP IRCC dates 2016

Key contact/more information

For more information on the Innovation Partnership Programme, please email:

Declan McGee
Programme Manager

Innovation Partnerships
Tel:  +353 1 7272668

Cormac Cantwell
Innovation Partnerships
Tel: +353 1 7272517


More information

Application Forms

Intellectual Property

Innovation Partnership Programme Brochure - funding, eligibility & key dates (pdf)IPP Outline Proposal Form 2015 (docx)Guidelines for Intellectual Property in the Innovation Partnership Programme (pdf)
Innovation Partnership Programme Guidelines 2015 (pdf)IPP Feasibility Form 2015 (docx)Heads of Agreement Template for Innovation Partnerships (docx)
Innovation Partnership Programme FAQs 2015 (pdf)IPP Full Proposal Form 2015 (docx)Government Guidelines
Putting public research to work for Ireland (pdf)
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