Innovation, research and development grants

European R&D support and funding


If you're seeking to develop new products and services for the European markets, you may be eligible for European research and development (R&D) support.

Invest Northern Ireland (NI) can help you understand and access funding or support from Horizon 2020, Eureka and Eurostars.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 supports research and innovation projects and sharing of knowledge, skills and experience across the European Union. The programme is open to all types of organisations, with each funding competition having a different theme. Opportunities to apply for funding are issued via calls publicised on the Horizon 2020 participant portal.

Invest Northern Ireland can provide financial support of up to £15,000 to help businesses in Northern Ireland develop an application into Horizon 2020. Eligibility criteria and different levels of support may apply, so you should contact Invest NI Helpline on Tel 0800 181 44 22 to find out what is available. For more information about the programme, watch the Horizon 2020 video on YouTube. If you run a business in Northern Ireland and would like to take part in the programme, see Horizon 2020 Northern Ireland website or contact Horizon 2020 representatives in Northern Ireland.


EUREKA is a pan-European network for encouraging competitiveness and productivity of European businesses through technology. It supports collaborative R&D projects, which lead to the development of innovative products, processes or services. Projects can be in any technological area and there are no restrictions on project size, timing or length.

EUREKA doesn't offer funding as such, but serves mainly as a networking mechanism, putting you in touch with potential partners and collaboration contacts. You can search for partners or projects, or propose collaborative project ideas. Find out how to get involved with EUREKA.


Eurostars is a joint programme between the EUREKA network, the European Commission and EU member states. It provides grant funding to near-market R&D projects led by research-intensive small and medium-sized businesses. Find information and guidance on the Eurostars programme.