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SBIR Challenges 2020

Enterprise Ireland’s approved SBIR Challenges for 2020 are:

  • Climate Action - Environmental Protection Agency
    Innovating a circular economy for soft plastic waste in Ireland
    This Challenge is seeking solutions to counter the problem of plastic waste and look at opportunities for closed-loop reuse systems, with an initial focus on reducing plastic waste from school lunches. The goal for this Challenge is to reduce the carbon footprint of schools by cutting plastic waste generation. Total fund €240K.

  • Health - Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh as part of Ireland East Hospital Group
    Reducing the incidence and impact of inpatient falls within the hospital
    This challenge aims to address the prediction, detection and prevention of falls in the Mater Hospital initially, with potential to extend a solution nationally. Total fund €200K.

  • Health - Tallaght University Hospital
    Improving the care of, and empowering, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients in the community.
    Tallaght University Hospital is seeking solutions to improve COPD patient self-management and incentivise affected patients to take control of their health. Total fund €200K.

  • Biodiversity - Marine Institute
    Innovative solutions to map coastal seaweed resources in Ireland
    Seaweed is an underutilised natural resource and a technology-based solution is needed to enable future determination of its distribution in inter-tidal areas across Ireland. Total fund €300K.

  • Transport - National Transport Authority
    Vehicle Capacity Information for bus and coach passengers with a focus on improved accessibility
    The Challenge is seeking innovative solutions to encourage and support mobility impaired passengers when using public transport in Ireland. Total fund €200K.

Please visit€1-14m-co-funding-for-Small-Business-Innovation-Research-SBIR-Competitive-Challenges.html for more information.


Previous SBIR Challenges

See videos from some of the previous SBIR Challenges supported by Enterprise Ireland:

SBIR Ireland and Smart Dublin

Wayfinding SBIR Challenge

Illegal Dumping SBIR Challenge

Cork County Council & Enterprise Ireland

Gully Monitoring SBIR Challenge



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