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 to develop 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 2017.


Innovation Partnership Schedule 2018

Full Proposal SubmissionIRCC Funding Decision
6 December 24 January 
10 January 21 February
1 February 21 March
1 March 18 April
2 April 16 May
1 June 18 July
2 July 22 August
1 August 19 September
3 September 24 October
1 October 21 November
18 October 6 December
5 DecemberJanuary 2019


Key contact/more information

For more information on the Innovation Partnership Programme, please email:

Declan McGee

Programme Manager - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Declan McGee

+353 1 7272668

Cormac Cantwell

Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Cormac Cantwell

+353 1 7272517

Michael Treacy

Company Liaison - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Michael Treacy

+353 1 7272740

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