Innovation Partnership Programme



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 towards the development of 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 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 (published below) 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 2020.


Innovation Partnership Schedule 2020

Full Proposal SubmissionIRCC Funding Decision
2nd Dec 2019 22nd Jan 2020 
7th Jan 2020 19th Feb 2020
4th Feb 2020 25th Mar 2020
3rd Mar 2020 22nd Apr 2020
7th Apr 2020 20th May 2020
27th May 2020 22nd July 2020
7th July 2020 19th Aug 2020
4th Aug 2020 23rd Sept 2020
8th Sept 2020 21st Oct 2020
6th Oct 2020 18th Nov 2020
27th Oct 2020 10th Dec 2020


Contact us

For more information on the Innovation Partnership Programme, please email

Lawrence Lee

Programme Manager - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Lawrence Lee

+353 1 727 2232

Michael Treacy

Company Liaison - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Michael Treacy

+353 1 727 2740

Eileen McGoldrick

Programme Executive - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Eileen McGoldrick

+353 1 727 2733

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