Innovation Vouchers

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

We are pleased to announce that we are opening up the innovation programme to medium sized companies as well. This will run on a pilot basis for an initial period of 6 months.

Am I eligible?

The Innovation Vouchers initiative is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered in Ireland. Applications are not restricted to clients of Enterprise Ireland.

Dates and More Info

The last Standard innovation voucher Call for 2015 closed on Wednesday 28th January 2015. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday 6th May, 2015, with a closing date of Wednesday 20th May, 2015 at 3pm

All dates can be viewed at

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020, FP7's successor is fully up and running (as of December 2013). It offers Irish companies valuable opportunities to participate in high quality collaborative research projects with other companies and research institutions across Europe. For more information, go to

Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership – the ECSEL Joint Undertaking

Enterprise Ireland can support Irish companies who wish to get involved in collaborative projects in the area of Electronic Components and Embedded Software Systems. For more information, go to ECSEL.


If you are interested in partnering on a close-to-market R&D research project with another company or companies in Europe the EUREKA network can help you identify partners, develop a collaborative project plan and co-ordinate funding applications to research funding agencies in each relevant country. In EUREKA you and your collaborating partners decide for yourselves on the subject-matter, scale and duration of your R&D project. To find out if you are eligible and how to apply, go to EUREKA.


SMEs looking to partner on close-to-market R&D projects with another company or companies in Europe can apply to Eurostars Programme for research funding for the collaborative project. Projects approved by Eurostars are eligible for up to 50% funding towards their costs. For more information, go to Eurostars Programme.

ICT specific research initiatives for companies

Enterprise Ireland can help Irish ICT companies to get involved in international programmes in this area. To learn more, go to ICT specific research supports for companies.