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 towards the development of 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 2021.

Innovation Partnership Schedule 2021

Full Proposal SubmissionIRCC Funding Decision
1st December 202020th January 2021
5th January 202117th February 2021
2nd February 202124th March 2021
2nd March 202121st April 2021
6th April 202119th May 2021
25th May 202121st July 2021
6th July 202118th August 2021
3rd August 202122nd September 2021
7th September 202120th October 2021
5th October 202117th November 2021
2nd November 202115th December 2021

Covid-19 Impact on Current IPP Projects - Exceptional Budget Funding Extension

Enterprise Ireland is introducing an exceptional funding mechanism for cost extensions applicable to ongoing Innovation Partnership projects seeking funding due to the Covid-19 closedown. Only projects in their final stage, (within 3 months of their end date) or in exceptional circumstances, can apply and only Covid-19 related justifications will be considered.

To be eligible for the personnel cost extension, the personnel involved should not have been officially deployed to undertake other tasks during the time originally allocated to the Innovation Partnership project throughout the impacted period.

The company partner(s) will have to agree to an additional contribution (cash or in-kind) in order to maintain the overall Enterprise Ireland funding rate as originally approved.

Applications, with endorsement from the company partner(s), are to be submitted to Enterprise Ireland by the Principal Investigator. Download the Application Form (.docx).

Contact us

For more information on the Innovation Partnership Programme, please email

Lawrence Lee

Programme Manager - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Lawrence Lee

+353 1 727 2232

Michael Treacy

Company Liaison - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Michael Treacy

+353 1 727 2740

Eileen McGoldrick

Programme Executive - Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland

Eileen McGoldrick

+353 1 727 2733

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)