There are a number of ways to fund collaborative work between CAPPA and your organisation. Below is some information on supports provided to researchers to carry out industrial R&D either on behalf of or in collaboration with an industrial partner. CAPPA can help in assessing the most suitable funding programme for the proposed research and has been successful in securing funding at a national and European level to assist start-ups, SMEs and MNCs as part of their R&D roadmap.

Direct Funding

The most straightforward method of funding is for the industry partner to engage CAPPA on a direct funded basis, ranging from consultancy to feasibility studies and onto contract R&D. Depending on the scope and nature of the work, direct funding offers the opportunity to quickly initiate work as there is no submission to a funding agency. Companies may also prefer this option if the project involves particularly sensitive intellectual property.

Apart from the wide range of Supports & Services available, CAPPA also operates a Stepping Stone Programme to help new and existing partners to explore new potential ideas for collaboration.


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Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland provides a number of initiatives to facilitate engagement between industry and researchers. Here are two of their most popular support schemes.

Innovation Vouchers

Irish based SMEs can apply for vouchers, valued at €5,000 each, which can be redeemed with research performing higher education institutes in return for innovative solutions to small business challenges. This programme provides an opportunity for SMEs to engage in small scale or early stage R&D activities which are particularly well suited to exploring new ideas or concepts.

For full and up to date information on the programme, including the application process, please visit the Innovation Voucher website or contact us. CAPPA has completed several Vouchers, a number of which have facilitated longer term collaboration through the Innovation Partnership programme.

Innovation Partnerships

The Innovation Partnership programme is open to both SMEs and MNCs 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 colleges 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 a maximum 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.

For full and up to date information on the programme, including the application process, please visit the Innovation Partnership website or contact us. CAPPA is very active in the Innovation Partnership programme, having completed seven Full Projects in the last 5 years.

Agile Innovation Fund

Responding to threats and opportunities posed by Brexit demands innovation – products, services and processes need to be tailored and improved for internal markets before opportunities are lost to the competition or changing conditions. The agile innovation fund allows companies access up to 50% in support of innovation projects with a total cost of up to €300,000.

For full and up to date information on the programme, including the application process, please visit the Agile Innovation Fund website or contact us.



European Union: Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the current European Union programme for research funding, running from 2014-2020; it follows on from the previous Framework Programme 7 (FP7). A large number of funding calls are published each year, across a range of application areas, with a total budget of nearly €80 billion. Some of these target specific objectives, while others take a ‘bottom-up’ approach where the topic is determined by the applicant. Calls often require a minimum number of European partners (typically from at least 3 EU Member States). In Horizon 2020, there is a concerted effort to increase the participation of SMEs in the programme, primarily through the SME Instruments funding model. These offer three phases of funding to help an SME develop a new idea towards commercialisation, with the optional help of a research organisation: download the flyer here.

CAPPA has extensive experience in applying for and managing EU funding, particularly with projects that involve industry partners. The group coordinated the submission of over 15 EU proposals in the last 5 years, and were partners on several others. Past EU projects in which CAPPA were involved includes PROPHET (coordinator), QUATERNIAN (coordinator), AquaMMS and NISTAS. Current EU projects in which CAPPA are involved includes COMSICC, D-SPAPICCOLO, PROMIS and REDFINCH.

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Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland has a number of programmes which support engagement between SFI-funded researchers and industry. Programmes range from large scale initiatives such as the Research Centres, the Centres for Science, Engineering & Technology (CSET) and Strategic Research Clusters (SRC), to those focused on developing new technologies with commercial potential like the Technology & Innovation Development Award (TIDA).

CAPPA is a member of the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), which is an SFI Research Centre, co-funded by SFI and industry partners. It targets the areas of telecommunications and biomedical devices, through both platform research and targeted projects with industry partners. New industry partners looking to build long-term research collaborations with Ireland’s photonics research community are always welcome to join IPIC. Dr. Huyet’s SFI Principal Investigator Award (and 2 previous awards) also form part of the core funding of CAPPA. For full and up to date information on SFI’s programmes please visit the SFI website or contact us.



Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council (formerly the IRCSET and IRCHSS) operates research funding initiatives which support talented researchers in their early stage career formation across Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels in the area of science, engineering and technology.

The Enterprise Partnership Scheme is an innovative initiative through which IRC links with private enterprise and eligible public bodies to award co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland. The Scheme facilitates the establishment of new relationships and the strengthening of existing relationships between industry and academia while offering financial support to researchers at an early stage of their career development. For full and up to date information on the programme, including the application process, please visit the IRC website or contact us.