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Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

Overview

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million challenge-based fund established under Project Ireland 2040. It is one of four funds set up under the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027. It is managed by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and administered by Enterprise Ireland. 

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is seeing investment in the development and deployment of disruptive innovative technologies, on a commercial basis, targeted at tackling national and global challenges. The fund is driving collaboration between our world class research base and industry as well as facilitating enterprises to compete directly for funding in support of the development and adoption of these technologies and seeding a new wave of start-ups. 

Objectives

The National Development Plan (NDP) stated that the DTIF would see investment in the development and deployment of disruptive technologies and applications on a commercial basis, 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 adoption of these technologies and seeding a new wave of start-ups. The DTIF is explicitly linked to National Strategic Outcome 5 - A Strong Economy, supported by Enterprise, Innovation and Skills. 

The objectives of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) are to:

  • support enterprises in Ireland to exploit the enterprise opportunities associated with “disruptive technologies” by de-risking collaborative projects
  • support enterprises in Ireland to collaborate in order to engage with and be prepared for challenges associated with new “disruptive technologies” that will have a transformative impact on the way we work and live in the future
  • build on research undertaken in Ireland and to leverage that research further by supporting the delivery and exploitation of new technology-based solutions from that research
  • foster deeper and wider RD&I collaborations between the public and private sectors in key technology areas and, in particular, to support collaborations between large firms and SMEs in Ireland
  • strengthen spin-out, spin-in and other start-up activity associated with disruptive technology
  • prepare Irish enterprises and public bodies to engage in European and global partnerships around the development and deployment of disruptive technologies
  • promote innovation and drive collaboration between Ireland’s enterprises and its research base 

Essentially, DTIF is about funding collaborations that demonstrate technology-based disruptive innovation, collaborations that can: 

  • alter markets
  • alter the way business operates
  • involve new products or the emergence of new business models

DTIF Call 5 (2022) 

Eligibility

Call 5 is targeting the Advanced and Smart Manufacturing sector and the development of novel and disruptive innovation in conventional manufacturing operations. This is the first time the fund will focus on a specific sector with the aim of delivering radical enhancement in manufacturing systems or supply chains. 

There are several changes to the Fund for this call which are aimed at encouraging applications from this highly important sector in the Irish economy, including: 

  • each project must have at least one established manufacturing company in a consortium of three or more project partners, one of which must be an SME and one other enterprise partner
  • all partners must be based in Ireland and be a client of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta or an eligible Research Performing Organisation (RPO) at the application deadline
  • the type of eligible research is broadened from “industrial research” to include “experimental development”, that is, within Technology Readiness Levels 3-9. Industrial Research is planned research and investigation aimed at discovering brand new knowledge. Experimental development is developing and applying research to produce new products and services
  • the aid intensity for a large company is reduced to a flat rate of 40% (down from 50%), while the rate applicable to an SME remains unchanged at 50% 

As with Call 4, collaborations with the Irish research sector are encouraged, but research organisations (including colleges) can receive no more than 50% of the grant funding per project. All projects should be seeking minimum funding of €1.5 million. Each project partner in a collaborative partnership will be required to complete the Consortium Agreement template. 

How to apply

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, together with the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy, launched the fifth call for applications to the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) on 22 April 2022. 

Applications can be submitted online via the DTIF Call 5 online submission system on the Enterprise Ireland website. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, 14 July 2022 (3pm Irish time). 

Applicants are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves fully with the terms of the scheme set out in the DTIF Call 5 Guide for Applicants before completing and submitting applications. It is also strongly recommended that anyone interested in this call should familiarise themselves with the webinar Q&A material. 

Webinar

Enterprise Ireland hosted a webinar on 19 May 2022 for those interested in learning more about the application process for DTIF Call 5. A recording of the webinar is available at DTIF Call 5 webinar - YouTube.

A comprehensive set of the questions and answers from the webinar is available at DTIF Call 5 webinar Q&A. DTIF Call 5 is focused on Advanced and Smart Manufacturing and the Call 5 documentation supersedes any guidance under Call 4. 

Please follow the Department or Enterprise Ireland on Twitter for updates @DeptEnterprise or @Entirl

Successful DTIF projects 

Details of successful projects under previous DTIF calls and videos of some of the success stories are available below. 

Call 3

€95 million for groundbreaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Fund

Call 2

€65 million for 16 groundbreaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

Call 1

Over €75 million for 27 groundbreaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund  

DTIF Call 3 project BOXAPP

Watch on YouTube: DTIF Call 3 Project ‘BOXAPP’ - YouTube

DTIF Call 3 project ENACT

Watch on YouTube: DTIF Call 3 Project ‘ENACT’ - YouTube

More DTIF videos

DTIF Call 3 announcement - YouTube

DTIF playlist - YouTube