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Have your say on Innovate UK

2 September 2019

Fill in a short survey on Innovate UK and you could win £100

The Department for the Economy (DfE) has launched a survey to try to understand why more Northern Ireland businesses don't bid for Innovate UK funding.

Innovate UK is the UK's Innovation Agency and is responsible for around £1 billion per annum in funding for research and development (R&D) developments in UK companies.

Why is DfE consulting?
Those Northern Ireland companies which have bid for Innovate UK funding have a success rate comparable with their GB comparators – but the number of businesses actually bidding from Northern Ireland are much lower than would be expected.

The DfE is keen to find out why. It wants to:

  • measure the level of awareness of Innovate UK
  • understand the reasons for relatively low levels of engagement
  • find out how to support local companies to bid for and win Innovate UK funding

The survey is aimed at businesses who invest in R&D (or who want to do so).

Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, understands the importance of R&D in helping to grow a strong economy. The panel is keen to support the work of Innovate UK and to promote the funding opportunities it offers to businesses. Matrix is therefore offering a prize of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers for one lucky entrant who will be chosen at random.

Take the survey now.

Deadline for responses is 25 October 2019.