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B2B / Clusters

August deadline for funding applications from priority sectors

Companies in the life and health science, agri-food and tech, and renewable energy sectors have a final chance to access funding of up to €300k from Co-Innovate. If your business has an innovative idea for a new product or service, and has a strategic partner to make it happen. Companies must be based in Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland or western Scotland. The deadline for new applications is 31st August 2019, to apply click here.

Target sectors:

Applications are sought from Co-Innovate’s three priority sectors as listed below:

  1. Renewable energy
  2. Life and health science
  3. Agri-food & tech

Up to €300,000 support for businesses

  • Are you an SME in the key sectors of Life & Health Sciences, Agri-Food & Tech and Renewable energies?
  • Are you located in Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland or Western Scotland?
  • Do you have a new product you want to bring to life?

Would you like to work in partnership with a cross-border company you already know to develop your new product? If you would, then please register your interest here.

Support for business-to-business partnerships

Have you got a great idea to develop an innovative product or service, but it is just too big for your company to manage alone? Do you lack some of the skills or funding to make the idea a reality?

Co-Innovate’s Business to Business and Cluster partnership programme can provide your business with the opportunity to form a strategic cross-regional Research & Innovation partnership to accelerate product development and improve your business's competitiveness.

Co-Innovate can support two types of Research & Innovation partnerships:

  1. Business-to-business partnerships
  2. Cluster partnerships

All partnerships must have at least one partner based in ROI’s border counties and one partner based in NI/Western Scotland. Click here to view more.

Business-to-business partnerships:

If your business has an innovative idea with strong commercial potential and has found a strategic partner to help make the idea happen, this programme can help.

Co-Innovate is looking for ambitious businesses across the island to collaborate and form a strategic innovation partnership with another company to get great products and services off the ground. Companies that take part in Co-Innovate can benefit from pooling their expertise and resources to bring their innovations to market faster than if working alone.

Cluster partnerships:

If your business is interested in a specific area of activity or research but the project just seems too big for your business alone, then creating or joining a cluster partnership may be for you. Each cluster which is supported by the Co-Innovate programme will involve a group of companies and at least one academic partner (a minimum of three business organisations and one academic institute). Funding provided will be for a very specific purpose and the results of the cluster activity will have some identifiable and measurable impacts for each partner. Specifically, a business network is likely to result in enhanced competitive advantage and/or mutual financial gain.


Funding available:

Funding up to €150,000 (up to 50% match funded) per Business to Business Partnership is available to support your 24-month project.

Funding up to €300,000 (up to 50% match funded) per Cluster Partnership is available to support your 24-month project.

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