Innovation, research and development grants

Collaborative research and development support


Collaboration can help you grow and strengthen your business. There are many collaborative research and development (R&D) opportunities available throughout the UK and Europe, and Invest Northern Ireland (NI) can act as a springboard to many of them.

Invest NI can help you access the following:

Call Invest NI Helpline on Tel 0800 181 4422 and speak to an innovation adviser to see how Invest NI can help with your specific R&D needs. You can also read about the benefits of working with UK universities and colleges.

Collaborate through knowledge transfer

Support is available for knowledge transfer in the UK. Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) enable the placement of recently qualified university graduates in business to facilitate the transfer of knowledge. Funding may be available for those looking to participate in the scheme, if the eligibility criteria is met. Find KTP support in Northern Ireland.

Collaborate through networking

Invest NI can help you connect and network with other private sector businesses, investors, researchers and academia so that you can explore ways to exploit market or research opportunities and develop new products, processes and services.

Invest NI also host Northern Ireland's branch of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the largest innovation and business network in the world. The EEN supports new technology coming into or being developed in Northern Ireland that involves international co-operation. Find out more about the EENI.

The Northern Ireland Science Park houses a number of innovative companies involved in R&D. It aims to create a community where companies can work together on R&D projects. Its headquarters are at the Science Park site at Queen's Island, Belfast. Find out more about the Northern Ireland Science Park.