Collaborative working

Strengthen your business, raise its profile and open up a world of new opportunities. How?

By collaborating with other businesses and organisations within and outside Northern Ireland.

We can link your business with other businesses, colleges, universities or organisations so that you can explore ways to exploit new market or research opportunities. We run workshops about collaborative working and can signpost you to further sources of advice and assistance.

We can help you access the following collaborative opportunities:

EU Horizon 2020 Programme

The Horizon 2020 Programme is the main source of European funding for research and innovation. Collaborative projects require the involvement of partners from other EU Member States and involve a competitive process. We can help your business to identify the most appropriate work programme within Horizon 2020 , find the right partners and offer comprehensive guidance on the application process. We can also offer funding towards the costs of making an application if you meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more about Horizon 2020

Innovate UK

Innovate UK offers a range of opportunities for collaborative R&D through a competition based approach. We can keep you informed on new opportunities, help your business identify the most appropriate competition for your business, find the right partners and offer comprehensive guidance on the application process. We can also offer funding towards the costs of making an application if you meet certain eligibility criteria. Find out more about Innovate UK

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in Northern Ireland is hosted by Invest NI.

It specifically helps small businesses to grow by:

  • finding other like-minded businesses to collaborate with on research or new product development
  • engaging in international business or export sales
  • advising on and accessing funding such as Horizon 2020
  • assisting modernisation and innovation within a business whether that be physical operations or business strategy

Find out more or visit visit the Enterprise Europe website

Competence Centres

If you want to leverage the opportunities presented by collaborating with local universities by undertaking high-risk, long-term, strategic research that will focus on the future needs of local economy, then Competence Centres may be an option for your business. Our programme brings together the experience, expertise and resources of industry and academia to achieve common research goals. Find out more about Competence Centres

Collaborative Growth Programme

We can help to link your business with other private sector businesses, investors, researchers and academia so that you can explore ways to exploit market or research opportunities that will result in the development of new products, processes and services. Find out more about the Collaborative Growth programme

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

If you have an innovative project that could benefit from university-based research and knowledge and a graduate to help you deliver it, you should talk to us about this programme. Find out more about the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme

Innovation Vouchers

An Innovation Voucher worth £5,000 provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert Knowledge Provider 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
  • Access to information and expertise on new materials
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise

Find out more about Innovation Vouchers

 

Not sure that this support is right for you? Contact us and we can explore options for your business together.

Our support may be subject to some eligibility criteria.

 
 

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