September 2017 Innovation Vouchers Call

Call for applications will open on Monday 18 September until 15:00 on Friday 6 October 2017

Northern Ireland businesses are invited to apply for up to £5,000 worth of Innovation Vouchers. The vouchers are available from Invest Northern Ireland (NI).

What are Innovation Vouchers?
An Innovation Voucher provides funding to businesses to work with knowledge providers – ie universities, colleges and technical institutes – to create or improve innovative products, services or processes.

There are currently 39 registered knowledge providers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The vouchers allow you to access skills and expertise of these providers for many different kinds of innovation projects.

What can you use Innovation Vouchers for?
You can use vouchers to resolve a specific business issue, particularly if you don’t have the expertise, technology or facilities to deal with it. Typical projects include:

  • ideas for new and improved products, processes and services
  • access to specialist expertise on new materials
  • tapping into research and scientific expertise

Apply online
You can apply for Innovation Vouchers if you are:

  • a small business with fewer than 50 employees
  • a medium-sized business with fewer than 250 employees, provided that you haven’t received assistance through Invest NI’s R&D programme in the past five years

To apply for Innovation Vouchers, you will have to complete a simple online application form on the Invest NI website.

Call for applications will open on Monday 18 September 2017.