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Intellectual property strategy - IP start claim

The IP Start Grant will cover a portion of the cost of employing an IP advisor for a short engagement (up to 4 months) to raise awareness and address immediate IP issues linked to an Enterprise Ireland supported Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) project. The primary focus of the grant is to support companies to assess the technical feasibility of potential R&D.

Please complete the following steps in order to claim your grant.

Step 1 - Review Letter of Offer (i.e. Grant Agreement)

Review your Letter of Offer. This will confirm the Title of the Grant that you were approved, the Project Number of the Grant, the expenditure type and amount that was approved and the Final Claim Date (i.e. the last date by which all expenditure must be incurred, and a valid claim submitted to Enterprise Ireland). 

Please note, that you can make one claim against this Grant.

Step 2 – Download the Claim & Progress Report Templates

The IP Start Claim Checklist, Claim Form and Director Statement template are all in the one Excel workbook below.

The Progress report Template is also below in word format. 

Only the Director Statement needs to be printed, signed and returned as a PDF. 

Please Do Not Convert the Excel claim worksheets to PDF before submitting to Enterprise Ireland as they will be returned. 

The Checklist provides a detailed description of all relevant forms and supporting documentation required to submit a valid claim. Please review the checklist before preparing your claim to ensure that you have all the relevant documentation to hand when completing the claim.

IP Start Claim Form & Director Statement (.xlsx)  

Prior to the submission of the claim, a Progress Report must be submitted by email to for clearance.

IP Start Progress Report (.docx)

Step 3 – Submit Claim

Submit your claim to Enterprise Ireland by email to

** Please note that claims are not accepted by post. 

  • Remember, when emailing, to include your Company Name and Project Number in the Subject Line.
  • Use your Client Number (CES ID) number when encrypting files. Your CES ID number can be found in “Schedule A” of your company’s Letter of Offer

What Happens Next - Claim Processing by Enterprise Ireland Grant Payments

  • The claim will be assigned to a Payment Officer, who will review the documentation to ensure that all required forms and documentation is included. If any required information is missing the Payment Officer will: 1) suspend the claim and request outstanding information or 2) if significant documentation is missing or the Final Claim Date has expired, the claim may be returned as invalid.
  • If all is in order, the claimed expenditure and associated supporting documentation will be desk inspected.
  • For each claim, based on the report already submitted by you and or the IP Advisor (consultant) to the IP Strategy Manager, the Manager will review the report and instruct the Payment Officer to pay or disallow the claim depending on their findings.
  • The Payment Officer completes the authorisation of the claim and submits a payment request to our Finance Department.
  • A letter will issue via email from Grant Payments - Industry with details of the approved payment and advising that payment will follow shortly to the Grantee Company’s bank account.

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