EU funding for innovation

Help for Horizon 2020 applicants in Northern Ireland


Businesses in Northern Ireland can get advice and guidance on applying for Horizon 2020 funding. In the first instance, help is available to all potential applicants from the Northern Ireland Contact Point network (NICP).

NICP network support may include:

  • help with finding relevant calls
  • help with identifying collaborative partners for application
  • practical advice on the application process

Find out more about the Northern Ireland Contact Point network or access a list of Northern Ireland Horizon 2020 support contacts.

Advice is also available from the Enterprise Europe Network in Northern Ireland, particularly around finding potential partners and collaboration opportunities from further afield.

Financial support with applying to Horizon 2020

Invest Northern Ireland (NI) can provide certain Horizon 2020 applicants with financial support of up to £15,000 to help towards the costs associated with the development of an application.

Eligibility criteria and different levels of support may apply. Read more about Invest NI's Horizon 2020 support or contact the Invest NI Helpline on Tel 0800 181 44 22 to find out what may be available.

InterTradeIreland can provide financial assistance for local travel or accommodation for up to £500 when meeting with partners or potential partners in the other jurisdiction with a view to engaging in Horizon 2020.

Additionally, the European Union travel scheme can reimburse up to £350 to cover travel and accommodation costs incurred when attending relevant Horizon 2020 related events in Europe. Read about InterTradeIreland Horizon 2020 support.

For more information on the advice and support available in Northern Ireland, see Horizon 2020 NI portal.

Support around communication, dissemination and exploitation

If you engage in a Horizon 2020 project, you will have a number of obligations related to communication, dissemination and exploitation of your research and its outcomes. Effective plans for these activities are important for the success of a Horizon 2020 project.

The EU IPR Helpdesk have produced helpful guidance on these areas, explaining what these terms in Horizon 2020 actually mean, how they relate to each other and how they can boost the impact of your research and innovation. Download guidance on Horizon 2020 communication, dissemination and exploitation (PDF, 437K).

If you have any questions about applying for Horizon 2020, or need further information, you can call Enterprise Europe Network Northern Ireland Helpline on Tel 0300 123 3066.