Support for R&D

We offer extensive support for R&D projects that will lead to new products, processes or services.  This support is a combination of practical workshops, advisory services, financial assistance and signposting information, through our business information website,, where you can search for potential sources of funding.

  • Innovation Advisors: Our Innovation Advisors offer expert advice, either on a one-to-one or a group basis, on planning an R&D project or applying for R&D support.  From time to time, we also run workshops on issues related to research and development.
  • Innovation Vouchers: Our Innovation Voucher scheme is designed to help small businesses in Northern Ireland access the knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues.  Your business can access a voucher up to the value of £4,000 to engage with one of 38 universities, colleges and other publicly funded research organisations throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Once you complete a project, your business can apply for up to two further vouchers for different projects.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership: If you want to improve the competitiveness, productivity and performance of your business by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within the further and higher education sectors, then you should consider the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme.  You can augment the capability of your business by partnering with an academic institution and a graduate resource to deliver an agreed research and development project.
  • Financial Support for R&D: If your business can show that it intends to sell outside Northern Ireland, is actively pursuing growth plans and will contribute to increasing productivity and innovation in Northern Ireland, you could apply for financial assistance for product and process improvements through our Technical Development Incentive.  If you’re interested in new product development and improvement, development of intellectual property and prototypes and commercialisation activities i.e. market appraisal, market testing and market definition, then our Grant for R&D could help.

Click here to find out more about qualifying for this support.

To find out more about how Invest NI can help your business, complete our short enquiry form or call us on 0800 181 4422.

Success Stories

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