Access EU and ESA Research and Innovation Supports

Enterprise Ireland can introduce you to many international programmes that stimulate and improve collaboration between companies in different EU member states. We can also help you to tender for contracts from prestigious EU agencies.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is the 9th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is the biggest and most ambitious programme of its kind ever with a budget of over €95 billion. Learn more at:

Science with and for Society (SwafS) 2018-2020 Programme

Science with and for Society (SwafS) is a Horizon 2020 programme that aims to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science, and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility. It is instrumental in addressing the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. It makes science more attractive, raises the appetite of society for innovation, and opens further research and innovation activities. Learn more at: SwafS 2018-2020.

Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership – the ECSEL Joint Undertaking

Enterprise Ireland can support Irish companies who wish to get involved in collaborative projects in the area of Electronic Components and Embedded Software Systems. Learn more at ECSEL.


EUREKA is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation.  EUREKA’s focus is on the SME sector but large companies, universities, and research performing organisations can also qualify for support.  EUREKA offers opportunities to combine expertise, exchange knowledge and enhance resources.

If you are interested in partnering on a close-to-market R&D research project with another company or companies in Europe the EUREKA network can help you identify partners, develop a collaborative project plan and offer information on national funding rules in each country.  In EUREKA you and your collaborating partners decide for yourselves on the subject-matter, scale and duration of your R&D project.
Learn more at: EUREKA.


Eurostars is EUREKA’s international funding programme for SMEs wishing to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation. SMEs looking to partner on close-to-market R&D projects with another company or companies in the EUREKA network can build a consortium and submit a proposal to Eurostars for evaluation. Irish based consortia members of an approved project can either self-fund or, if eligible, can apply for national funding through a national agency such as Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland or Údarás.
Learn more at: Eurostars Programme.


CLUSTERS is EUREKA’s programme to develop thematic research areas driven by communities of large companies, SMEs, universities, research institutes and end users. Work alongside major industry players on close-to-market projects to deliver innovation objectives.
Learn more at: Clusters

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

Search a database of over 9,500 technology requests and offers, business cooperation profiles and research partner requests from companies like yours across Europe, Asia, Russia, North America and Brazil. For more information, go to Enterprise Europe Network.

European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency promotes co-operation among European States in space research, technology and applications. Enterprise Ireland assists Irish companies to successfully bid for ESA contracts. Learn more about ESA and winning ESA contracts at: European Space Agency.

ICT specific research initiatives for companies

Enterprise Ireland can help Irish ICT companies to get involved in international programmes in this area. Learn more at: ICT specific research supports for companies.