News article

Funding opportunity for textile, clothing, leather and footwear SMEs

19 December 2019

Deadline for application is 17 March 2020

The European Light Industries Innovation and Technology project (ELIIT project) aims to help small and medium-sized businesses from the textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sector to integrate new technologies into their industrial processes, services or products. 

It will support 25 partnerships between TCLF SMEs and providers or owners of innovative technologies that are ready or almost ready for industrial scale-up. They projects will run for an indicative period of 12 to 18 months, during which each partnership will benefit from

  • €70,000 in financial support to develop products or prototypes with high added-value and profitability
  • tailor-made coaching and advice to improve project relevancy and increase capabilities
  • networking activities and participation in workshops/conferences and exhibitions to aid market-positioning as well as build business relationships
  • intellectual property rights organisation and guidance

Read more about the ELIIT project.

How to apply for ELIIT support
To benefit from ELIIT's support, SMEs in the TCLF sectors and innovative technology providers/owners should register and apply here.

Deadline for application is 17 March 2020.

For more information about the ELIIT project and how to apply, contact Claire Griffin from Invest Northern Ireland on Tel 028 9069 8356 or email