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Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million fund established under Project Ireland 2040 and is run by the Department with administrative support from Enterprise Ireland.

Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund – successful projects under Call 3 (2020-21)

A total of 29 disruptive and innovative projects were successful under the third Call of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). The projects will share €95 million over the next three years. The funding was announced by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and the Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation Robert Troy TD on 22 April 2021.

The approved projects cover areas such as life sciences, medical devices, ICT, artificial intelligence, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. The €95m announced today brings the total Government funding awarded under the three DTIF Calls to date to €235m across 72 projects with 270 project partners.

The successful projects emerged from the 62 applications received by the 17 December 2020 deadline under the third Call for applications to the Fund. The eligible projects received went through a rigorous and highly competitive evaluation process involving remote screening and interview by panels of international experts.


DTIF Call 3 – main points

The purpose of DTIF is to drive collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base and industry as well as facilitating enterprises to compete directly for funding in support of the development and deployment of disruptive and innovative technologies on a commercial basis. These technologies should:

  • Alter markets;
  • Alter the way business operates;
  • Involve new products or the emergence of new business models.

Funding applications for Call 3 should be within the Research Priority Areas 2018-2023. We are particularly interested in projects of scale with a strong enterprise agenda to harness maximum medium-term economic impact for Ireland. Ideally, we are looking for enterprise-driven research and development challenges that can demonstrate commercial impacts within 3 to 7 years of project completion.

As with Call 2, each project must have a minimum of three partners: two of these must be enterprise partners, at least one of which must be an SME. Research organisations (including colleges) can be a partner but can receive no more than 50% of the grant funding per project. All projects should be seeking minimum funding of €1.5 million. Small companies (less than 50 employees) that are part of successful applications under the Fund may be eligible for pre-finance subject to meeting conditions as set out in the Guide for Applicants.

Key amendments from Call 2 are:

  1. Change to one of the Selection Criterion, now called ‘Economic Impact and Sustainability’, to incorporate the commitment in the Climate Action Plan (CAP) for all National Development Plan (NDP) funds to prioritise the selection of low-carbon investments. Applicants are asked to demonstrate, as much as possible, positive contributions to the low carbon / sustainability targets in Ireland’s Climate Action Plan. Proposals funded under the DTIF should neither hinder the achievement of Ireland’s climate objectives nor have other significant negative environmental impacts.
  2. Economic impact outputs should be demonstrable within a 3 to 7-year timeframe (as opposed to the previous 3-5 years). 

Guide for applicants

Please see the DTIF Call 3 Guide for Applicants to learn more about applying for the Fund.

Each project partner in a collaborative partnership will be required to complete the attached Consortium Agreement template. 

Webinar

Enterprise Ireland hosted a DTIF Call 3 webinar on 22 October for those interested in learning more about the application process for DTIF Call 3. The presentation, along with the questions raised and the responses supplied, are available on DTIF Call 3 audio for information purposes. A set of FAQs on DTIF featuring the questions raised at the webinar is now available.

Applications

Applications must be submitted via Enterprise Ireland's online submission system before the application deadline of 17 December 2020 (3pm Irish time).


Example of a project funded under DTIF

This short video clip about the FreeSpace laser technology Call 1 project involving Pilot Photonics, mbryonics, Dublin City University and Trinity college outlines one of the innovative projects being funded under DTIF.

COVID-19 and the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Department and Enterprise Ireland are aware that the current situation regarding COVID-19 may be having a significant impact on the research, development and innovation activities of companies and academic researchers.

We are working to understand the nature of any impacts on projects already funded through the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). We will try to facilitate any appropriate measures that may prove necessary, taking a flexible, constructive approach and we will consider any issues arising for projects on a case-by-case basis. Any queries should be directed to the DTIF team at Enterprise Ireland (dtif@enterprise-ireland.com) who will be happy to assist. 

Please also consult the Department's information on supports available for businesses impacted by COVID-19.