Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Fund


Overview of the RD&I Fund

The Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) Fund supports the development of new or substantially improved products, services or processes which will have a competitive advantage in their target market. This will enable companies to increase employment through sustainable and substantially increased sales.

  • R&D projects involve the resolution of some technical challenges in order to develop new products, processes or services.
  • Business Innovation projects involve the implementation of a new services delivery or production method or a substantive change to the business model of the company.

Projects must be non-routine and represent a ‘step-up’ for the company in terms of the level of RD&I capability. All projects must have clear objectives and activities defined to achieve those objectives set out in a project plan.

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


What is a Business Innovation project?

Business Innovation projects involve a significant step-up in how the company does business. Examples could include;

  • moving from a product company to providing complementary services or vice versa
  • a change to the business model in terms of external partnerships and market reach
  • significant scaling of an existing service involving automation

The project must involve some level of innovation and risk, and should not be focussed on routine operational changes, simply adopting known best practice or responding to changes in regulation.

Costs that can be supported relate to the implementation of the new process, delivery or organisational method and may involve technical as well as non-technical staff.


Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply if your company is an Irish based manufacturing or internationally traded services company which can show adequate cash resources to implement the proposed R&D project.  All applications will be subject to a technical and commercial assessment.


What is the maximum funding level?

Grant rates are determined by the type of project and the size of your company as set out in the table below. Companies seeking support in excess of these amounts will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Enterprise Ireland Investment Committee using a similar approach and grant rates as the R&D Committee.

Small CompaniesMedium CompaniesLarge CompaniesMaximum Grant
R&D Projects45%35%25%€650,000
Business Innovation Projects50%50%0%€150,000

A collaboration bonus of up to 15% is available for R&D projects where there is collaboration between two companies, but the total maximum funding cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.

Note that Business Innovation support is not available for Large companies


How do I apply?

Before you make an application for funding, you are advised to consult your Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser or your development agency adviser who can assist you if necessary. 

It is also possible to submit an expression interest to EI on a one to two-page document and get an initial indication on the eligibility of one or several project(s).  Download the template here. The template should be completed and emailed to

The first step in the application process is to:

  1. View the Application Roadmap 
  2. Read the Guidelines for Companies Applying to the RD&I Fund  
  3. Review RD&I Project Change process   
  4. Complete the Project Costs Workbook  and Financial Data Sheet (FDS)  to assist you.
  5. Complete a Project Plan  for each project.  
  6. Proceed to
    apply online

The RD&I Fund Reference document  contains full detail on the projects and activities eligible for support, and the criteria on which applications will be assessed.

Please note, for successful applicants, only eligible expenditure incurred after the call close date for which the application is submitted will be considered for funding by the approval committee. In order to be eligible for R&D support, the beneficiary must submit an application to Enterprise Ireland for support before any work on the R&D project starts.


Call close dates

Applications for funding will be considered on a monthly call basis. Completed online applications must be submitted on or before 6.00pm on the call close date.

The call close date is always the last working day of each month.


Key contact/more information

Clients of Enterprise Ireland and Údaras na Gaeltachta should contact their Development Adviser. If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland, please contact your local Enterprise Ireland regional office. 

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

Joe Madden

Manager, In-Company R&D

Enterprise Ireland

+353 1 727 2243

Joe Madden

For more information on Enterprise Ireland supports for research and innovation, go to Research and Innovate section.