Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) Fund

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What is an Agile Innovation project?

Agile Innovation projects supports companies in sectors with rapid design cycles to maintain their technology position.  The benefits of this grant are that it allows for a very simple application process and delivers a very fast response from application to approval.

Agile Innovation can also be suitable for companies who have not previously applied for RD&I support.  However, it is open to all clients to apply provided the total project cost is less than €300,000 and the grant sought is less than €150,000.

 

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. 

For Agile Innovation projects:

  1. View the Agile Innovation Application Roadmap
  2. Read the Guidelines for Companies Applying to the RD&I Fund  
  3. Proceed to:
    APPLY ONLINE
    The online application forms provide a step by step guide on how to complete each tab.
  4. For Agile Innovation projects complete each tab online.
  5. Review RD&I Project Change process
  6. Submit online

 

Research, Development and Innovation (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.
  • Agile Innovation projects are smaller R&D projects aimed at companies who have not undertaken R&D before or who are operating in sectors with short product life cycles and with a requirement for rapid product development.
  • 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 R&D project?

R&D projects supports companies which have the potential to develop novel products, processes and services with a clear competitive advantage in their target market. This will enable companies to increase employment through sustainable and substantially increased sales.

 

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.  HPSU companies are not eligible to apply. Clients should contact their Development Advisor for further advice.  All applications will be subject to a technical and commercial assessment.

Enterprise Ireland funding to support companies is provided against an agreed company growth plan. Please contact your Development Advisor or the Client Relationship Team to discuss your project and see how Enterprise Ireland can work with you to ensure your company gets the most from any financial support.

 

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
Agile Innovation Projects45%35%25%€150,000
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?

For R&D and Business Innovation projects:

  1. View the Application Roadmap
  2. Read the Guidelines for Companies Applying to the RD&I Fund  
  3. Proceed to:
    APPLY ONLINE

    The online application forms provide a step by step guide on how to complete each tab.
  4. The following documents are also required for a complete application.
  5. Review RD&I Project Change process    
  6. Submit online

It is also possible to submit an Outline Proposal document to EI 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 RandDOutlineProposals@enterprise-ireland.com

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.

In order to streamline the process for Agile Innovation applications (involving Grants of up to €150,000), may be submitted at any time to Enterprise Ireland and will be considered under Delegated Powers to Line Management rather than go to the R&D Committee.

 

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

In-Company R&D Supports

Enterprise Ireland

+353 1 7272243

Joe Madden

 

Debbie Nolan

Executive, In-Company R&D

Enterprise Ireland

+353 1 727 2587

Debbie Nolan


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