Are you an Irish SME looking for help with research and innovation? Have you a product or service that requires expertise currently outside of your existing R&D capacity? The Technology Gateway Network, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, can help. The first Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher call is now open until December 2019.
The Innovation Voucher scheme was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers such as TSSG and small businesses to encourage them to work with Irish research institutes. Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new or improve products, processes, services and generate new knowledge. The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, evolution of its strategic research & development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage.
TSSG are currently assisting companies in application writing and registering for this call and if you would like to receive more information on the Innovation Voucher initiative, please visit Enterprise Ireland website or contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, to apply for a voucher.
R&D Tax Credit Scheme
Remove the burden of compliance by engaging with TSSG to help develop a self-sustaining Innovation Framework. The R&D Tax Credit Scheme enables companies in Ireland to pursue advancements in their fields.
The Technology Gateway Network is composed of 15 specialist gateways, situated within 11 Institutes of Technology around Ireland. We focus on key technology areas which are aligned to industry needs in areas such as polymers, photonics, mobile, coatings, industrial design, mechatronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, wireless technologies and precision engineering. Each centre works in conjunction with industry to aid the research and development of innovative products and services through a dedicated team of specialised engineers.
Technology Gateway Clusters
To boost the power and knowledge of the Gateways, three unique gateway clusters have been developed to enhance the delivery of research and innovation for Irish SMEs. These clusters are in the areas of Applied Internet of Things (A-IoT), Engineering, Materials and Design (EMD Ireland), and Food and Beverages. Each cluster consists of relevant specialised gateways and a dedicated support office, which can assist you with any questions you may have about the Technology Gateway Network or the upcoming Innovation Voucher call.
What is an Innovation Voucher call?
The Innovation Voucher scheme is run by Enterprise Ireland and opens approximately three/four times a year. Small and medium-sized companies can apply for a €5,000 voucher for the purpose of gaining academic support in research or innovation from a listed knowledge provider. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and can be used throughout the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway network. However, you must apply for a voucher during one of the open calls. The latest call for Innovation Vouchers is now open until December 2019. For more information about the vouchers, you can see the FAQs on the Enterprise Ireland site.
How can Technology Gateways and an Innovation Voucher help your company?
We strive to have a close connection with industry and this shows in our results. Since 2013, we have provided support to over 500 Innovation Voucher projects throughout the network. Last year alone we supported over 210 projects. We view each project as unique and as a result the assistance we provide is tailored to its specific needs. Our specialist gateway teams ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget, and provide a wide variety of support and assistance ranging from prototype production, business model development, process optimisation, customer interface, technical specification, new service development and technology audits. We can even help with the voucher application process itself.
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