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Drive growth with research and innovation

Irish enterprises are competing in a rapidly changing world and are increasingly focusing on research and innovation to help improve productivity and build sustainable growth. Enterprise Ireland supports companies on their Research and Innovation journey to future-proof their business.

How our research and innovation supports deliver impact

4x more export sales

in companies that avail of our research and innovation supports.

6,000

industry-led projects since 2013 with a value of €60m.

2.5%

increase in productivity annually per person employed.

300

R&D projects of over €100k supported.

25

facilities around Ireland enabling business and research collaboration.

Discover how we can help

Enterprise Ireland offers two types of research and innovation support depending on your business goals and needs. We help your business to grow in-house research skills, and we also facilitate collaboration between ambitious businesses and Ireland’s research and innovation ecosystem.  

Explore our range of financial, advisory and capability supports below which provide businesses with the means to develop in-house research skills, while fostering and funding innovation.

Access our extensive research and innovation network that facilitates partnership and collaboration between businesses and leading-edge research.

Technology Centres

9 technology centers around Ireland enable Irish businesses and research institutions to work together on market-focused strategic R&D projects to develop solutions for Irish industry.

Technology Gateways

Technology gateways bridge the gap between academic research and industry needs. They help to turn ideas from universities and research centers into practical solutions for businesses.

Innovation Offices

Also known as Technology Transfer Offices, they facilitate the transition of academic research and inventions into real-world applications and technology. 

Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF)

A government fund that supports leading-edge technology projects in Ireland, providing financial backing to businesses and researchers working on innovative ideas to develop new products.

European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH)

Supporting SMEs to grow and improve their products and services, and adopt digital technologies through expertise, training and access to advanced digital tools.

Horizon Europe

EU’s funding programme focuses on solving global challenges. Enterprise Ireland helps researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to secure funding to advance their research and innovation goals.

Collaborate with industry as a researcher

Enterprise Ireland works with researchers with a business idea, enabling them to explore potential opportunities for spinning out a company or collaborating with industry partners.

Work with the European Space Agency

We help Irish businesses and research institutes to collaborate with the European Space Agency (ESA), and develop space industry technologies, services, and business applications.

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Capability Development

Start-up

SME

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Expand your business

Grow internationally

Become more innovative

Develop a research and development strategy

Go Global for Growth

Capability Development

Expand your business

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Large company

SME

Start-up

Create an international growth action plan  

Innovation Partnership Programme

Funding and Grants

Capability Development

Become more innovative

Start-up

SME

Large company

Researcher

Access research and innovation expertise with funding of up to €200,000

IP Plus

Funding and Grants

Capability Development

Become more innovative

Start-up

SME

Large company

Innovation is essential for economic growth and job creation.

IP Start

Funding and Grants

Capability Development

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SME

Large company

Start-up

Become more competitive

Innovation is essential for economic growth and job creation.

Masterclass in Market Intelligence

Capability Development

Become more competitive

Become more innovative

Grow internationally

SME

Start-up

A 3-day course to evolve your sales and marketing approach 

Spotlight on Skills

Capability Development

Expand your business

Become more competitive

Become more innovative

SME

Start-up

A one-day course for Senior Managers to identify critical skills for business growth

Innovation for Growth

Become more competitive

Become more innovative

Start-up

SME

Capability Development

Senior leadership coaching and masterclasses for future innovation

Innovation Voucher

Funding and Grants

Capability Development

Become more innovative

Start-up

SME

Researcher

Explore innovative solutions to business challenges

Research, Development & Innovation Fund

Funding and Grants

Capability Development

Expand your business

Grow internationally

Become more innovative

Start-up

SME

Large company

Develop new products, services and processes

Commercialisation Fund

Researcher

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Funding and Grants

Turn your research into a product or business.

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