Regional Enterprise Innovation Scoping Scheme

** Please note: This scheme is now closed to new applications and the deadline for submissions has now passed.

Scéim Scópála Nuálaíochta Fiontar Réigiúnach 2022

Click here to download the Scheme Reference Document (PDF)
Click here to download the REISS Application Form (MS Word) 
Click here to download the REISS Project Costs Workbook (MS Excel) 

Background

In February/March of 2022 nine new Regional Enterprise Plans were launched and commenced implementation. Each contain agreed ‘Strategic Objectives’ for enterprise development, accompanied by a time-bound set of actions to deliver on the objectives. The plans build on existing regional and inter-regional strengths and set out many new project areas which require further project building before decisions on funding can be finalised.

Enterprise Ireland’s new Regional Enterprise Innovation Scoping Scheme 2022 (REISS) will support Feasibility & Priming projects and is administered by the agency on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

The scheme has a total grant budget of up to €5m available in 2022 and aims to target grant aid at projects which will improve the resilience and international competitiveness of enterprises across all regions. The funding should also enable the investigation and confirmation of early stage concepts with potential for enterprise innovation and accelerate the progress of significant or disruptive projects seeking to develop new innovative activities.

Objectives of the Scheme

The objectives of the Regional Enterprise Innovation Scoping Scheme are:

  • To provide assistance, including funding supports, to regionally based Not-for-Profit undertakings that provide enterprise support to Micro/SMEs or Large companies in sectors and regions across Ireland.
  • To support new Regional and National projects to investigate an opportunity, confirm its financial viability and develop initial plans for full-scale implementation.
  • To improve the competitiveness and capability of regional businesses by supporting collaborative projects to encourage and support increased entrepreneurial activity, productivity, and innovative capability.
  • To enhance collaboration and assist enterprises to respond to economic and market challenges, such as: the impact of Brexit and Covid 19; the transition to a low carbon economy; digitalisation; and smart specialisation.
  • To enhance the productivity and new product development opportunities of SMEs in order to increase the number of exporters, level of exports and to create and sustain employment across all regions.

The outcome of the overall Scheme should be projects which have confirmed the opportunity they are targeting and made progress towards developing detailed plans for delivery of the ensuing project. The completion of this process should enable the development of a high-quality application for more significant future funding. (Note: REISS support does not confirm any rights or commitment by the state to further funding of the project)

Scheme Structure

These REISS projects should focus on delivery of Feasibility Studies on specific collaborative and innovative projects, or on Priming projects that scope out detailed project delivery plans including design, costing and planning of infrastructural elements.

The Regional Enterprise Innovation Scoping Scheme Grant (REISS) will be a single grant type, but with two different grant levels depending on the scope and scale of the project:

  • Feasibility Funding – A REISS Feasibility Grant with 80% grant support to cover consultancy and travel costs for smaller early stage feasibility projects, and
  • Priming Funding – A REISS Priming Grant with 80% grant support to cover Consultancy and Travel, but also supporting the cost of Personnel, Promotion and the Rental of Office space for larger scale more significant scoping projects.

Applicants should indicate at application stage which funding stream they wish to apply for. Supported projects will ideally have:

  • Strong industrial interest or connections,
  • Strong alignment with the scheme objectives,
  • Linkages to key regional/national stakeholders including 3rd level/HEIs,
  • Well defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) & Metrics, with clear timelines for delivery,
  • A clearly defined and costed project plan.

Overview of available funding

This Regional Enterprise Innovation Scoping Scheme is a competitive offer with up to €5m available for approval in 2022. Applications for funding will be invited through a public call. This call will be announced in the national and regional press. All applications will be subject to an Evaluation process as outlined in Section 4 of the Scheme Reference Document.

Following evaluation, successful projects with eligible expenditure between €25,000 and €62,500 will be supported as REISS Feasibility Study Grant projects at a grant rate of 80% up to a maximum grant of €50,000 or 80% of eligible expenditure of up to €62,500, whichever is the lesser. An evaluation score of 60% or higher will be required to be approved for a Feasibility project. Projects with eligible expenditure of less than €25,000 will not be eligible for support.

The funding limit for significant REISS Priming Grant projects will be up to a maximum €200,000 in grant aid per project, or 80% of €250,000 maximum eligible expenditure, whichever is the lesser. An evaluation score of 75% or higher will be required for projects to be considered for approval (see Section 4.1 of the Scheme Reference Document).

Further details on the types of project which will merit REISS Feasibility Study Grant or REISS Priming Grant support are contained in the Reference Document (see link at the top of this page).

Who can apply?

Applicants must comprise national, regional or local promoters, with a purpose of benefiting the wider needs of the enterprise community and the region/nation as defined in the scheme objectives.

Eligible applicants for the REISS Feasibility Study Grant

To apply for the REISS Feasibility Study Grantapplicants will be Not-for-Profit entities that are a registered Designated Activity Company (DAC) or a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) with the CRO under the Companies Act 2014, prior to the submission of their application.

OR

Be a public body, such as Local Authorities, Institutes of Technology/HEI’s, that are involved in a collaborative proposal with enterprise and other local and regional stakeholders, with the intention of establishing a long-term project through a special purpose company (DAC or CLG), benefiting the wider needs of the enterprise community and region. Please note where a project is led by a public body, the submitted project must be additional to the public body’s existing work programme.

Eligible Applicants for REISS Priming Grant

To be eligible for REISS Priming Grant applicants must be Not-for-Profit entities that are registered Designated Activity Company (DAC) or a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) with the CRO under the Companies Act 2014, prior to submission of their applications.

Note: Public bodies cannot directly apply for priming support unless they are part of a Not-for-Profit DAC or CLG.

Ineligible Applicants

The Regional Enterprise Innovation Scoping Scheme is not open to the following:

  • Applications to the competitive call that are received by Enterprise Ireland electronically after 15.00 hrs. (3.00 pm) on the call close date of 18/05/2022.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum eligible funding threshold, i.e. minimum of €25,000 in eligible feasibility study expenditure (€20,000 grant aid at 80%).
  • Applicants for REISS Feasibility Study support that are not an eligible public body or a registered Designated Activity Company (DAC) or Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) with the CRO under the Companies Act 2014 prior to the Call Close Date.
  • Applicants for REISS priming grant support that are not a registered Designated Activity Company (DAC) or Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) with the CRO under the Companies Act 2014 prior to the Call Close Date.
  • Applications from Tourism; Transport; & large infrastructural projects, e.g. Ports; Roads; By-pass; etc.
  • Applications which include or relate to activities that Enterprise Ireland considers as ineligible or as involving an unacceptable reputational risk. Ineligible activities include activities relating to: the Gambling Sector, including ‘gaming’ (as defined in the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956); Adult Entertainment; and Tobacco Products.

Eligible categories of expenditure

REISS Feasibility Study or REISS Priming funding will be for eligible consultancy and travel expenditure:

  • Consultancy Support:
    • A REISS Feasibility Study grant can support up to a maximum grant of €50,000 or 80% of maximum eligible Feasibility Study expenditure of €62,500, whichever is the lesser.
    • A REISS Priming grant can support up to a maximum grant of €120,000 or 80% of eligible Priming Grant expenditure of €150,000, whichever is the lesser over a maximum 1 year project duration.
  • Optional Travel: A maximum grant of €10,000 or 80% of eligible travel costs, whichever is the lesser, over the period of funding to support domestic and foreign travel. Modest foreign travel for Irish-based consultants relating entirely to the proposed project, may also be eligible.

Applicants for REISS Priming Grant may also apply for support under the following categories:

  • Personnel: A maximum grant €64,000 or up to 80% of approved eligible salary, whichever is the lesser over a period of no more than 1 year. Eligible salary (excluding employers’ PRSI, bonus and commission) is capped at €80,000 per annum and the post must be maintained for a period of 1 year from the date of recruitment.
  • Overheads: Assistance for eligible overheads to a maximum of 30% of the total eligible salary costs.
  • Promotional Activities: A maximum grant of €9,000 or 80% of maximum eligible promotion costs of €11,250, whichever is the lesser, over the period of funding to support communication activities required to implement its work programme.
  • Rental of Temporary Project Space: Where it is necessary to rent a temporary premises in the initial phase to commence the delivery of the project, the cost of renting/leasing this accommodation for up to 1 year may be eligible up to a maximum grant of €10,000 at a grant rate of 80% of maximum eligible expenditure of €12,500, whichever is the lesser.

What will an application consist of?

All applicants must submit a fully completed application in two parts; a Project Plan (Word) which clearly addresses the required project evaluation criteria (as set out in Section 4 of the Scheme reference document); and a Project Cost Workbook (Excel) which details the expenditure proposed.

These applications forms can be downloaded from the links at the top of this webpage and once complete must be submitted electronically to Enterprise Ireland at GA-REISS@enterprise-ireland.com before 15:00 hrs. (3:00 pm) on Wed. 18/05/2022, with any additional supporting documentation. Applications received after this Call Close deadline on 18/05/2022 will not be accepted.

Applicants who require advice on completion of these forms should contact their local Enterprise Ireland Regional Office (details at the end of this page) or send an email to REISS@enterprise-ireland.com.

Note: REISS support does not confirm any rights or commitment by the state to further funding of the project under future competitive or non-competitive schemes administered by Enterprise Ireland.

Evaluation Criteria

All applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Evaluation CriteriaWeighting
1Impacts & value for money30%
2Collaboration and Participation20%
3Building regional strengths20%
4Significance for innovation and Capability Building10%
5Scalability and Viability20%
Total100%

An Evaluation Panel will score each applicant based on these criteria and will rank them in order of merit. Applicants that are being considered for REISS Feasibility support must have attained a minimum 60% of the score available, while REISS Priming projects must attain a minimum 75% score.

Further Information

Enquires on this scheme should be directed to REISS@enterprise-ireland.com

Contact Details

For more information contact any of the following Enterprise Ireland Regional Development Executives based on your location:

North West

Aidan McKenna Tel: +353 42 935 4420
Carole Brenan Tel: +353 71 915 9726
Joan Mullen Tel: +353 71 915 9732

North-East

Aidan McKenna Tel: +353 42 935 4420
Deirdre Craven Tel: +353 42 935 4426

Dublin

Enda McDonnell Tel: +353 1 727 2944
Deirdre O'Neill Tel: +353 1 727 2145
Ena Coleman Tel: +353 1 727 2787

South-East

Martin Corkery Tel: +353 21 480 0229
Brian Fives Tel: +353 51 333 537

Midlands and Mid-East

Michael Brougham Tel: +353 90 648 7121
James Maloney Tel: +353 90 648 7125
Mark Atterbury Tel: +353 90 648 7128

South

Martin Corkery Tel: +353 21 480 0229
Ciara Concannon Tel: +353 21 480 0231
Jacqui Norton Tel: +353 21 480 0228

Mid-West & Kerry

Jerry Moloney Tel: +353 61 777 018
Gillian Slattery Tel: +353 61 777 015

West

Meabh Conaghan Tel: +353 91 735920
Noeleen Hussey Tel: +353 91 735 926
Margaret Charleton Tel: +353 91 735 946

Or contact your local Regional Enterprise Ireland office.