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:
- Innovate UK funding competitions
- global funding and support for innovation
- innovation networks and competence centres
- knowledge transfer partnerships funding
- Innovation Vouchers
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.
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 Innovate UK EDGE, previously known as Enterprise Europe Network. This service helps SMEs find collaborators and business partners across Europe and beyond, and can facilitate access to various global partnering opportunities and focused brokerage events. Read more about Innovate UK EDGE support.
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.