Powering innovation and building capacity

There is strong evidence that companies working in collaborations/clusters are more innovative and as a consequence more successful and profitable. We are offering 100 per cent funding up to £25,000 for SME-led networks requiring facilitation support to scope out innovative collaborative projects with the potential to increase business competitiveness.

There are significant benefits to participants and these include:

  • enhancing existing skills and capabilities
  • acquiring knowledge to stimulate innovative practices and processes
  • entry to new export markets
  • developing niche value-added products
  • expanding services or product offerings
  • exploiting cross-sectoral technology and best practice
  • developing hi-tech knowledge driven businesses
  • contributing to NI’s economic performance

Depending on the outcome of the scoping study, additional funding (up to a maximum of £170,000) is available to support the implementation of phase two of the collaborative project.

The Programme is currently closed for applications, but for more information on the criteria and/or to discuss future projects please contact us.

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