Innovation Voucher

What could a £5000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?

An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert from a University, College or other Public Sector Research Body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.

Typical projects we support include:

  • Ideas for new or improved products, processes and services
  • Product and service testing
  • Access to information and expertise on new materials
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise

 
The aim of the programme is to deliver innovation and there are a number of areas of activity that are specifically excluded from voucher support e.g. buying equipment, standard training, website optimisation and standard app development. Please read our guidance on
What can't you use an Innovation Voucher for (PDF) before completing an application form.

Is your business eligible for a voucher?

Next call: 30 January - 17 February 2017

1. Are you a Northern Ireland based small enterprise or medium enterprise?

Yes
No

2. Is your business involved in the transport or primary agriculture sectors?

Yes
No

3. If you are a medium-sized business, have you received any grant for R&D support from Invest NI in the past 5 years?

Yes
No

4. Are you willing to pay the VAT element applicable to the voucher and any project costs in excess of the voucher value?

Yes
No

5. Is Invest NI assistance essential to enable the project to proceed?

Yes
No
*Required Field

 

Sorry, from your answers you don't appear to be eligible
to apply for an Innovation Voucher.

The following rules apply to Innvotaion Vouchers:

  • The Innovation Vouchers scheme is only open to NI based SMEs.
  • Businesses in the transport and primary agricultural sectors are excluded in line with State Aid Guidelines.
  • Medium sized businesses in receipt of any Grant for R&D support from Invest NI in the past 5 years are not eligible to apply for an innovation voucher.
  • To apply for an innovation voucher, you must confirm that you are willing to pay the VAT element applicable to the voucher and any project costs in excess of the voucher value.
  • If you are able to proceed with the proposed innovation project (on both the same scale and in the same timeframe) without an innovation voucher then support from this programme is not required.

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