Innovation Vouchers: September 2020 call

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Call for applications opens Monday 7 September until 15:00 on Friday 25 September 2020

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 allow businesses or potential entrepreneurs to work with public sector knowledge providers on an innovation project.

There are currently 41 registered knowledge providers - ie universities, colleges and technical institutes - in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The vouchers allow you to access the skills and expertise of these providers to help you create or improve products and services.

(Some knowledge providers may be limited in what they can currently deliver given that they are remote working and may not have access to all facilities and equipment.)

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 must complete Invest NI's online application form.

Applications are welcome from SMEs, new start-ups and pre-trading entities including potential entrepreneurs with a project that could be commercialised.

As part of a new 5-year programme, all businesses that received vouchers prior to May 2020 start with a 'clean slate' and can potentially receive a first voucher at 100 per cent (excluding the VAT aspect which is paid by the customer). 

The deadline for applications is 15:00 on Friday 29 September 2020.

First published 4 September 2020