Funding Supports

Funding Supports

Collaborating with industry is a key part of what we do. We work closely with agencies and funding bodies to develop collaborative links with industry. We can advise and assist on the wide range of public funding mechanisms to facilitate research collaboration. We have assisted many companies in their innovation journey. We can help you to navigate your way to meet the right researchers and help add value to your business.

We have listed the main mechanisms and funding schemes available to facilitate collaboration. It looks complex but we understand how they operate and can help you to understand them and more importantly, access available funding.  Get in touch today!


Funding Supports

Innovation Vouchers (Enterprise Ireland) €5k
The Voucher initiative allows SMEs, who are registered with the Companies Registration Office in Dublin, to apply for a €5,000 voucher. The value of the Voucher is used to purchase services from a DCU Researcher.  A Voucher is exclusive of VAT and, therefore, the Company is responsible for the payment of the VAT at the appropriate rate.
Applying for an Innovation Voucher: All information about a Voucher is available online at The Voucher is awarded by Enterprise Ireland to the Company. DCU does not provide administrative support until such time as the Company has a copy of the Voucher and has agreed to the schedule of work with a DCU Researcher.
Finding a DCU Researcher: A Company does not need to identify a DCU researcher in their application. If your Company has secured a Voucher and wants to work with a DCU Researcher, you should contact the appropriate DCU Researcher directly. There is an expertise search engine on Knowledge Transfer Ireland’s website to help you identify the researcher with the skillset to match your company’s needs.
DCU and Innovation Vouchers: When a Company and a DCU Researcher agree to collaborate through a Voucher, a collaboration agreement needs to be put in place as described in the notes below.
Related Documents
Innovation Voucher – Notes for a Company
Innovation Voucher – Notes for a DCU Researcher
Innovation Voucher – Template for a Collaboration Agreement between Company and DCU

Innovation Partnership Programme (Enterprise Ireland)
This initiative offers financial support to companies who engage in collaborative research projects with Irish universities and Institutes of Technology. EI provides grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs of the research project. This is a very successful funding mechanism which has delivered excellent results for companies.

Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Irish Research Council)
This is an innovative initiative whereby the Irish Research Council, in partnership with companies and public bodies, awards co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland. It is an excellent and cost effective way to have your research done.

Technology Centres (EI and IDA Ireland)
The Government has provided funding to establish industry-led Technology Centres. These centres are collaborative entities established and led by industry.  They are resourced by highly qualified researchers associated with research institutions who are empowered to undertake market focussed strategic R&D for the benefit of industry. This is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland allowing Irish companies and multinationals to work together in these centres.

Industry Fellowships (Science Foundation Ireland)
The Industry Fellowships programme develops and supports academic partnerships with industry. Fellowships can be awarded to staff and postdoctoral academic researchers based in Ireland, wishing to spend time in industry worldwide (“Academia to Industry” Fellowships), and to individuals from industry anywhere in the world (including Ireland) wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish academic or research institution (“Industry to Academia” Fellowships). Fellowships can be for between 1 and 12 months in duration if full time or for up to 24 months if part time. The maximum Industry Fellowship award amount is €100,000 direct costs.

SFI Research Centres (Science Foundation Ireland)
These centres link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions; foster the development of new and existing Irish-based technology companies and attract industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy. 12 SFI Research Centres have been established through an investment of €355 million from Government through SFI and a further €190 million from industry collaborators. Over 200 companies are involved in collaborations with the centres. These 12 SFI Research Centres are focused on strategic areas of importance to Ireland with a focus on delivering scientific excellence with economic and societal impact - Pharma, Big Data, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology/Materials, Marine Renewable Energy, Food for Health/Functional Foods, Perinatal Research, Applied Geosciences, Software, Digital Content, Telecommunications and Medical Devices.


Research Centre Spokes (Science Foundation Ireland)
The SFI Spokes programme provides a mechanism to allow new industry and academic partners to join the existing SFI Reseach Centres. This funding programme will help link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Ireland-based technology companies and attract industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy.


Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries amd world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.