Next Call for Innovation Vouchers Now Open

Call for applications is currently open until 15:00 on Friday 12 May 2017

Businesses in Northern Ireland can apply for up to £5,000 worth of Innovation Vouchers to improve or create new products or services.

What are Innovation Vouchers?

An Invest Northern Ireland Innovation Voucher allows you to access skills and expertise from one of 39 registered knowledge providers – ie universities, colleges or technical institutes – throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

It is available to eligible small and medium-sized businesses who need expert support to resolve a business problem and get help to:

  • develop ideas for new and improved products, processes and services
  • test and validate new or enhanced products and services
  • use or experiment with new materials
  • tap into research and scientific expertise

Who can apply?

Small business can apply – including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. Medium-sized businesses can also apply if they have not yet received assistance through Invest Northern Ireland’s research and development programme in the past five years.

What is excluded?

The aim of the programme is to deliver innovation. Some activities will not qualify for voucher support. For example, you cannot use the voucher for:

  • buying equipment
  • standard training
  • general marketing
  • website optimisation
  • standard app development
  • business plans and economic appraisals

To see a full list of activities that are not eligible for voucher support, download Innovation Vouchers FAQs (PDF, 359K).

You can now apply online for Invest NI’s Innovation Vouchers. Deadline for application is 15:00 on Friday 12 May 2017.