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Innovation Vouchers

Eligibility Criteria and Conditions of Use

Small and medium-sized companies may make use of a maximum of four vouchers, one of which must be a 50-50 co-funded voucher.

Companies that have been approved in excess of €300,000 (includes funding under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership programme) funding from Enterprise Ireland in the previous 5 years are not eligible to apply for a fully funded 5k Standard Innovation Voucher, but are eligible to apply for a Co-Funded Innovation Voucher provided they satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

A company may have one ‘active’ voucher at any point in time. Companies should ensure that the voucher has been redeemed by the knowledge provider before applying for a subsequent voucher.

Companies will not be eligible for further vouchers until their accounts with the knowledge providers are settled in full (including the payment of VAT).

Your voucher will also be accepted by registered knowledge providers in Northern Ireland as part of Enterprise Ireland’s arrangement with Invest Northern Ireland.

Please note that Innovation Vouchers are EXCLUSIVE OF VAT. You will be charged VAT by the knowledge provider and this cost MUST be settled separately by the company.

If you wish to apply for an Innovation Voucher, there are two options:

Available Voucher Types

Standard Voucher

Standard €5k vouchers are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider. You can apply for one of these standard €5,000 at any time and a response may normally be expected within four weeks. You do not need to identify your knowledge provider in advance and they are valid for 12 months from the date of issue

Co-funded Voucher

The value of the voucher is €5,000 and the company contributes 50% of the project costs in cash. Therefore, a company may use a co-funded voucher to cover project costs up to €10,000 on a 50-50 co-funded basis. The company and the knowledge provider jointly agree on the work programme for the project in advance of submitting an application. Companies may wish to use this option when they are no longer eligible for a standard voucher (may have used three or more standard vouchers). This voucher application can be submitted at any time and a response may normally be expected within four weeks.

How do I apply?

Our Online Application System for Innovation Vouchers allows you to apply for both the Standard 5K Innovation Voucher and the Co-funded Innovation Voucher at any time. All voucher applications must be made via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System. If you are a first-time applicant, you will have to register on the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System and create your own account.

Please note that you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser to apply for a voucher.

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Find out more:  Innovation Vouchers - Enterprise Ireland (enterprise-ireland.com)

Some of the areas of expertise within IADT utilised on previous vouchers:

  • Audit of platforms
  • Empathy Surveys
  • User journey analysis
  • Persona development
  • Visual assets
  • Visual research
  • Wireframes
  • Target market research
  • Competitor analysis
  • Persona creation
  • Data set analysis
  • AutoCAD drawings
  • 3D drawings
  • 3D print model
  • Feedback on UX
  • Prototypes of web-based applications

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