This section sets out the main funding supports and programmes for large companies in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors. A large company is a company that employs greater than 250 employees, has either an annual turnover of greater than €50m or an annual balance sheet of greater than €43m. Note: Previous funding approved by Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for the following supports. Please consult with your Enterprise Ireland Adviser to discuss.
Funding decisions are determined by the;
- Need for financial support for the project
- Potential employment and sales growth
- Previous funding provided to the company
- Regional location of the company
Market Research and Internationalisation Supports
- Internationalisation Grant
Grant to support the costs of researching and exploring new international business opportunities. Eligible projects include 1) researching a new market for a new or existing product or 2) researching an existing market for a new product. Eligible costs may include; Consultancy Fees, Foreign Travel & Subsistence.
- New Geographic Market Research Grant
Grant support to undertake an intensive 6 month market research assignment into a new geographic market. Eligible costs include salary costs of an employee placed in the market for up to 6 months, in-market consultancy fees and rent.
- Graduates for International Growth (G4IG) Programme
The programme matches graduates with companies to develop and execute plans to grow in key markets. Support available for the graduate salary and training. Call close date applies.
- Excel at Export Selling
Excel at Export Selling is a series of workshops aimed at rapidly embedding the proven tools of good international selling practice into the sales teams of Irish companies across all industry sectors.
- International Selling Programme
Targeting company management and sales staff, this 10 month programme enhances company ability to access new markets and accelerates export sales growth. Delivered in conjunction with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in partnership with a panel of world-class experts and practitioners.
In-Company and Collaborative Research & Development Supports
- Technical Feasibility Study Grant
Can be used to investigate the feasibility of developing a new product, process, technology or service offering.
- R&D Fund – Small Projects
This fund supports product, process or service R&D projects where the expenditure amount is less than €150,000. This may suit companies undertaking R&D for the first time or companies progressing R&D activity in the business.
- R&D Fund – Standard Projects
Supporting innovation in services, products and processes, the R&D Fund – Standard Projects is suitable for companies that are ready to progress to larger projects. The maximum R&D grant that a company can receive is €650,000.
- Innovation Partnership Grant Programme
Offers financial support to companies who engage in collaborative research projects with Irish universities and Institutes of Technology. The proposal process and administration of the project is managed by the participating third level research institution.
- Horizon 2020 and other EU Research Funding Programmes
If your company is interested in working on collaborative research projects with research partners across Europe, there are a range of international research programmes designed to foster collaborative cross-border research between companies in different member states.
- Innovation 4 Growth Programme
Targeted at ambitious companies seeking to drive growth through innovation, this programme supports companies through an end-to-end innovation learning and practice journey to deliver on one or more innovation initiatives.
Supports to Enhance and Develop your Management Team
- Leadership 4 Growth (L4G) Programme
Delivered in conjunction with Stanford University this flagship programme is designed to develop and enhance the leadership ambition, mindset and capability of Irish CEOs and their senior management teams to lead innovative, scalable companies, capable of achieving sustained international growth.
Productivity and Business Process Improvement Supports
- Business Process Improvement Grant
Grant to support short term company projects that are designed to develop management capability and drive company efficiencies and business process improvements. Eligible Projects include either 1) LeanPlus, 2) E-Marketing or 3) Environmental Improvement Projects.
- Lean Transform Grant
Used to support a “Lean Transform Project". This is a large scale, extensive and holistic company transformation programme delivered by an external consultancy team of international reputation. Eligible cost include Fees for an external Lean consultant/trainer and Employee training costs and associated training costs.
Company Expansion Packages
- Tailored Company Expansion Packages
If you are planning to undertake an ambitious expansion of your company that will create employment and grow your sales in international markets, Enterprise Ireland can discuss a tailored financial support package for your company.