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Innovation Vouchers September 2019 call

9 September 2019


Call for applications opens Monday 16 September to 15:00 Friday 4 October 2019

Businesses in Northern Ireland can apply online for up to £5,000 worth of Innovation Vouchers. The vouchers are available from Invest Northern Ireland (NI).

What are Innovation Vouchers?
Innovation Vouchers provide funding to businesses to work with knowledge providers - ie universities, colleges and technical institutes - to create or improve their products, services or processes.

There are currently 39 registered knowledge providers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The vouchers allow you to access the skills and expertise of these providers for many different kinds of innovation projects.

Types of projects eligible for Innovation Vouchers
Typical projects Innovation Vouchers may support include:

  • ideas for new and improved products, processes and services
  • access to specialist expertise on new materials
  • tapping into research and scientific expertise

You can use vouchers to resolve a specific business issue, particularly if you don't have the expertise, technology or facilities to deal with it.

Apply online for Innovation Vouchers
To apply for Innovation Vouchers, you should complete an online application form on the Invest NI website.

You can apply for Innovation Vouchers if you are:

  • a small business with fewer than 50 employees
  • a medium-sized business with fewer than 250 employees, provided that you haven't received assistance through Invest NI's R&D programme in the past five years

The deadline for applications is 15:00 on Friday 4 October 2019.

Innovation Vouchers workshop in Cookstown
South West College is hosting a workshop to help businesses through the Innovation Vouchers application process. The workshop will take place at the InnoTech Centre in Cookstown on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

Register to book your place at the workshop.