Digital ICT Collaborative Network Call

Up to £250,000 funding is available to industry-led networks that would like support to co-ordinate and scope out, innovative, collaborative projects.

Invest NI have identified medium to long term market opportunities in the areas of Digital ICT, particularly aligned to the mega trends identified in the recently published MATRIX Digital ICT 2016 report. Ageing population and wellness, Smart infrastructure and urbanisation, the rise of the Digital native, Automation and the rise of machine learning, globalisation and economic shift.

Successful collaborations can bring significant benefits to each of the participants. These include:

  • Increasing existing capabilities and knowledge
  • Acquiring the know how to be innovative
  • Entry to new export markets
  • Developing niche value-added products
  • Expanding their services or product offerings
  • Be multidisciplinary and include cross-sectoral technology exploitation areas
  • Include high technology and knowledge driven businesses
  • Making their contribution to Northern Ireland’s economic performance

Collaborative networks must have at least four Northern Ireland private sector companies, of which one must be an Invest NI customer. Other network members may include local, national or international stakeholders.

The closing date for application is 29 June 2016

Who can apply?

Northern Ireland Companies who wish to exploit collaborative opportunities in Digital ICT, who are ambitious to increase their expertise with a view to making an impact internationally. Particular areas may be:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Software Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Internet of Things (IOT)

The guidance notes on applying and the marking criteria can be viewed below:

Guidance Notes Marking Criteria

If you want more information on this please contact us at 0800 181 4422.