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About Innovate UK

Invest NI is a proud partner of Innovate UK which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Innovate UK is the UK’s national innovation agency and supports business-led innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions. It helps businesses grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive, and easy to navigate.

Explore and apply for funding for innovation projects on gov.uk

Innovate UK Manager

Paul Malcomson is the Innovate UK Manager for Northern Ireland. Paul works closely with Invest Northern Ireland to build coherence between national economic plans, local industrial strategies and UK government’s innovation strategy.

Invest NI Support

Invest NI’s innovation advisors can support you to assess the suitability of Innovate UK opportunities for your business. We provide advice on the Innovate UK application process to all businesses. Eligible businesses may also apply for financial assistance to develop an application to Innovate UK.

Innovate UK Business Growth

Innovate UK Business Growth is the agency’s resource for empowering innovation – driven businesses to grow and scale. It is a publicly-funded service available to all high potential small to medium sized innovation-driven companies, including Innovate UK grant winners.

Find out more about Innovate UK Business Growth in Northern Ireland

Innovate UK Business Connect

Innovate UK Business Connect bring together ideas, people and communities to respond to societal, environmental and economic challenges and drive positive change through innovation. Sector specific experts can offer support to build networks and apply for IUK grants.

Find out more about IUK Business Connect

View the IUK Business Connect Good Application Guide (PDF)

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Watch our case studies on how Innovate UK has helped Northern Ireland business grow.