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Apply for the Co-Innovate programme

14 November 2019


The programme has received a funding extension until Spring 2020

The Co-Innovate programme is a cross border research and innovation (R&I) initiative funded under the European INTERREG VA Programme.

The programme aims to increase the proportion of SMEs engaged in cross-border R&I in the eligible regions of Northern Ireland, Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.

Innovative companies are being urged to get involved following a funding extension until Spring 2020.

Who should apply

Co-Innovate is currently looking for ambitious SMEs that have a cutting edge idea with strong commercial potential to work with a business partner to jointly develop innovative products and services.

All projects must have at least one partner based in the border counties of Ireland and one based in Northern Ireland or Western Scotland. Companies participating on the programme must be in a position to support a 24-month-project as well as having the financial capability to match fund the project costs.

Although applications are welcomed from all sectors, they are particularly encouraged from Co-Innovate’s priority sectors including manufacturing, renewables, life and health sciences, agri-food and tech and ICT.

Programme details

The Co-Innovate initiative was launched in September 2017, and since then has helped over 1,100 companies through innovation workshops, mentoring and funding. Over one million Euro of investment in research and development has been awarded to companies involved in cross-border projects to develop new services and products.

Co-Innovate has a specific business-to-business funding stream that supports partnerships by providing investment of up to €150,000.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2019.

Find out more and apply to the co-innovate programme.