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Innovation, Research and Development Funding

Research Funding Agencies and Programmes Supported through DBEI

In implementing the innovation, research and development policy agenda, the Department works with, and funds, in whole or in part, a number of agencies and programmes, namely Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, IDA Ireland, InterTrade Ireland and the Higher Education Authority (who administer the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions).

Enterprise Ireland

Through Enterprise Ireland, the Government provides support to expand research capacity in companies, to increase collaboration between enterprise and the research sector and to maximise the commercialisation of the State’s research investment. Enterprise Ireland provides hands-on support to companies, promotes awareness of the benefits of innovation and provides important funding support in the form of both grants and equity and promotes awareness of incentives such as the tax credits and incentives available.

Learn about the full range of Enterprise Ireland supports and programmes available to assist companies with research and innovation activities, including:

  • Accessing Horizon 2020 funding,
  • Supports for in-house R&D,
  • Sourcing new technologies and
  • Partnering with other companies and colleges.

Learn about the full range of Enterprise Ireland supports and programmes available to assist researchers in higher education institutes, seeking to:

  • Access Horizon 2020 funding
  • Commercialise research and
  • Collaborate with industry in Ireland and internationally.

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises.

SFI programmes form a key element of our drive to boost Ireland’s international competitiveness and attract foreign direct investment. FDI, in turn, is a key stimulator of the Irish economy through job creation and contribution to Exchequer finances.

The expansion of SFI’s new remit under the Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Act 2013 has allowed SFI to fund activities in the applied research arena, as well as continuing to provide key supports for oriented basic research. This represents an important step in the development of the relationship between industry and academia in Ireland.

SFI’s Discover Programme, seeks to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The purpose of the SFI Discover Programme is to support and develop the education and outreach STEM sector in Ireland by investing in developing and extending capacity in this area and also exploring and encouraging novel means of public engagement and communications.

IDA Ireland

IDA Ireland’s main objective is to encourage investment into Ireland by foreign-owned companies. It works as a strategic partner and provides consultancy and support services free of charge to help organisations set-up and grow. IDA Ireland partners with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.

More information on IDA Ireland

InterTrade Ireland

InterTradeIreland helps small businesses explore new cross-border markets, develop new products, processes and services and become investor ready.

InterTradeIreland offers practical cross-border business funding, information, advice and support to SMEs across the island, North and South, looking to grow their businesses.

More information on InterTrade Ireland

Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI)

DBEI funding for the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions enhances Ireland’s competitive offering in terms of research capability, through funding of PhD programmes and delivery of key physical research infrastructure such as buildings and equipment).