Picture by Michael Cooper
Pictured: Joanne Coyle, Invest NI, with (left) Julian McKeown, Abac Chartered Accountants, Omagh, and Des Speed, PathXL, Belfast.
Invest Northern Ireland recently held three regional seminars to update businesses on the range of collaborative R&D support available. Collaborative R&D involves local businesses working with other businesses and organisations within and outside Northern Ireland.
Attendees heard how Invest NI’s Collaborative R&D advisors can help companies access a wide range of EU and UK research funding opportunities. These include grants of up to €300,000 available for Eurostars projects. Eurostars is currently open for applications with the next assessment deadline on 4 April 2013. Further funding opportunities will arise with the launch of Horizon 2020 next year. At the seminars three local companies also outlined how collaborative R&D has moved their businesses forward.