Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) Fund

What is the RD&I Fund?

The RD&I Fund supports the development of new or substantially improved products, services or processes which will have a competitive advantage in a company’s target market.

The development must involve;

  • the resolution of some technical challenges,
  • be non-routine and;
  • represent a ‘step-up’ for the company in terms of the level of RD&I capability.

Enterprise Ireland funding to support companies is provided against an agreed company growth plan. Please contact your Development Adviser or the Client Relationship Team to discuss your project and see how Enterprise Ireland can work with you to ensure your company gets the most from any financial support.

If your Development Adviser instructs you that this is an ERDF project, click on ERDF Information for Clients.

Under Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) (2021-2026), projects supporting the digital and climate transition of enterprise are being funded through the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. This covers projects that will:
  • facilitate emissions reductions, or
  • support the digital transformation of the company, driving increased adoption and diffusion of digital technology
Funded by the European Union

Grant Rates & Support

Grant rates dependent on a company size and inclusion of collaboration (for collaborative rates see our RD&I Fund Reference document under Further Information below);

Grant Rates & Support

Small Companies

Medium Companies

Large Companies

Maximum Grant

R&D Projects /
Experimental Development




No set limit

Digital Process Innovation Projects *





* See Digital Process Innovation for further information.


Eligible Companies

  • All registered companies that are trading with positive EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation).
  • For companies who are not EBITDA positive contact your Business Adviser in the relevant Development Agency.


Eligible Costs

  • Existing staff costs / New staff costs
  • Overheads
  • Materials
  • Travel & Subsistence
  • Consultancy
  • Patenting Costs
  • Certification and clinical trials
  • Capital depreciation


How do I apply?

Log on to Enterprise Ireland's online application system:


The online application forms provide a step-by-step guide on how to complete each tab.

The following documents are also required for a complete application:


    Claims Process

    If you have been approved RD&I Funding, details on the Claims Process is available here. Clients of Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Local Enterprise Office should contact their Business Adviser regarding the claims process.


    Further information


    Not sure if your project is R&D?

    Download our Outline Proposal template (.docx) and return to to get an initial indication on the eligibility of one or several project(s).


    Contact Us

    For general enquiries on the RD&I Fund, please contact:

       +353 1 727 2120

    For Agile Innovation projects, go to Agile Innovation Fund.