R&D Fund Small Projects


Please note that the R&D Fund: Small Projects offer has been incorporated into the RD&I Fund offer.

Overview of the R&D Fund: Small Projects – Grant up to €150,000

Whilst many companies are seeking to strengthen their key offering in target markets through developing novel products and services, some may be relatively new to formal R&D processes. The R&D Fund - Small Projects provision is to support companies that want to achieve the following:

  • Establish or increase R&D activity leading to an on-going R&D commitment in driving company development.
  • A demonstrable connection between R&D and the overall business objectives.
  • A culture of innovative thinking throughout the company which aims to harness the skills of all staff towards defined business goals.
  • Establish or increase the R&D capability of a company.
  • Establish or develop quality R&D management systems and procedures.

If your Developer Adviser (DA) instructs you that this is an ERDF project, click on ERDF Information for Clients.


Am I eligible?

The R&D Fund: Small Projects is open to Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Local Enterprise Office clients who are manufacturing or internationally traded services companies that can show adequate cash resources to implement the proposed project.


What is the maximum funding level?

The maximum grant rates for all companies applying to the R&D Fund is up to 50% of the total cost of the project.  Grant rates are determined by the size of your company as set out in the table below.

Maximum funding for:Small companiesMedium companiesLarge companies
A collaboration bonus of up to 15% is available for innovative projects where there is collaboration between two companies, but the total maximum funding cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.


How do I apply?

Before you make an application for funding, you are strongly advised to consult your Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser or your development agency adviser who can assist you if necessary. 

The first step is to:

  1. View the Application Roadmap
  2. Read the Guidelines for Companies Applying for the R&D Fund: Small Projects
  3. Complete the Project Costs Workbook
  4. Complete the Project Plan  for each project. 
  5. Proceed to
    apply online

Please note, for successful applicants, only eligible expenditure incurred after the call close date for which the application is submitted will be considered for funding by the approval committee. In order to be eligible for R&D support, the beneficiary must submit an application to Enterprise Ireland for support before any work on the R&D project starts.

The R&D Fund Reference document  contains full detail on the projects and activities eligible for support, and the criteria on which applications will be assessed.


Call close dates

Applications for funding will be considered on a monthly call basis. Completed applications with supporting documentation must be sent online on or before 6.00pm on the call close date.

The call close date is always the last working day of each month.


Key contact/more information

Clients of Enterprise Ireland and Údaras na Gaeltachta should contact their Development Adviser. If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland, please contact your local Enterprise Ireland regional office

Companies with less than 10 employees should contact their Local Enterprise Office.

For general enquiries on the R&D Fund, contact:

Joe Madden

Enterprise Ireland

Joe Madden

For more information on Enterprise Ireland supports for research and innovation, go to Research and Innovate section.