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.

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 Business Growth programme, previously known as Innovate UK EDGE. 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 Business Growth support.