The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme is open to both SME’s and MNC’s based in Ireland and provides funding to facilitate collaboration between companies and researchers based in higher education institutes. The programme encourages Irish based companies to work with Irish research providers to access their expertise and resources to develop new and improved products, processes, services, and generate new knowledge and know-how. Projects typically last 12 to 18 months with the level of funding dependent on the size of the company. Enterprise Ireland provides grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs of the research project. There is also funding available, up to a maximum of €9,000, to carry out a Technical Feasibility Study prior to engaging in a full project.

The Feasibility study is a small, short-term study designed to enable the Principal Investigator to develop a proposal for a full Innovation Partnership application. Maximum funding for a Feasibility study provides 100% grant to a limit of €9,000. Feasibility proposals are submitted to Enterprise Ireland by the research institute partner. The grant is paid directly to the research institute upon approval.

CAPPA is a registered knowledge provider for the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme and has worked with companies in the medical, pharmaceutical, consumer electronics, photonics, food and beverage sectors. CAPPA has worked with companies such as Alcon, Astellas, ProPhotonix, Radisens Diagnostics, Hydrolight, Somex and Novartis to help the companies engage in research, development and innovation for their business. CAPPA has worked on projects such as advanced optical inspection for medical devices, automated inspection of moulded parts online metrology for discontinuous surfaces, the investigation of novel optical approaches for new technologies and investigation into a new laser illumination system.

CAPPA is very active in the Innovation Partnership Programme, having completed several full projects in the last three years. The Innovation Partnership Programme can help you take your business to the next level. If you would like to apply or learn more about the Innovation Partnership Programme you can contact us directly here or via email [email protected].