The Innovation Partnership Programme encourages Irish-based companies to work with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) & DIT Hothouse resulting in mutually beneficial co-operation and interaction. Companies can access expertise and resources through DIT Hothouse to develop new and improved products, processes, services, and generate new knowledge and know-how. The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, the evolution of its strategic research and development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage. DIT benefits in terms of developing skill sets, intellectual property and publications.
There are two options available when you are appyling to do an Innovation Partnership with DIT Hothouse. Option 1 focuses on either an outline proposal document or a feasibility study and option two is a full application. DIT Hothouse can work with you to ensure we have the best fit for your needs.
A manufacturing or internationally traded services company with an operating base in the Republic of Ireland that wishes to collaborate with one or more research institutes, also based in the Republic of Ireland, is eligible to participate. The company must be a registered client of one of the following state development agencies: Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, a Local Enterprise Office. The company must have the full support of their assigned Development Adviser / Agency Contact to participate in the programme. This support must be confirmed before any application forms are submitted. Clusters of companies and/or research institutes are welcome to apply to the programme.
The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme provides grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs of the research project. Funding from Enterprise Ireland will normally not exceed €200,000. Exceptions to this limit may be made for established clients of Enterprise Ireland and other State development agencies where the Innovation Partnership project and the follow-on activity will clearly lead to a significant increase in the company’s employment and/or sales and exports. Grant funding to projects involving early stage companies and High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) clients will normally be capped at €100,000.