Funding & Collaboration for Business Innovation- IRDG

Is your business tapped into the incentives and expertise available to support your R,D&I? There’s a wide range of options, and they evolve regularly. Knowing what best suits your needs can be tricky. On 26th March, we’ll have all the key players together in Limerick to present their programmes and meet with you so that you are fully up to date and clear about what’s available.

* One-to-one Clinics: New for 2019, we’ll have the possibility to meet with Programme Managers from the different organisations and deal with your direct queries (booked on the day).

Supports including research capability, subject matter expertise, specialised equipment and finance are available to indigenous and multinational industries to help business innovation. The challenge for most businesses is being up to date with the variety available and evaluating options – be that around sourcing suitable partners, the funding and finance schemes, or the merits of collaborative activity versus in-house programmes.  On the day we’ll be featuring:  

  • R&D Tax Credits
  • Knowledge Development Box
  • Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF)
  • Innovation Vouchers / Partnerships / Feasibility Grants
  • Collaborative R,D&I via SFI, Technology Centres, Gateways etc
  • Programmes to build R,D&I capacity & resources
  • Horizon 2020 & other EU programmes
  • Loan Finance
  • Exhibitions by 3rd level collaboration partners

Part of IRDG’s service is working with members on a one-to-one basis to advise around this challenge. But we also create this unique forum which brings together all the key players supporting business innovation in the one room, to directly connect with and meet the industry audience. 


08:15Registration & Refreshments
08:45Welcome & Overview – Denis Hayes, IRDG
09:00Minister Patrick O’Donovan
09:15The Funding Eco-System – an overview of the options – Bernie McGahon, IRDG
09:30Funding Showcase Part 1

  • Feasibility / R&D / Agile Fund / Business Innovation Initiative / Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) / I.P. offer – Tom Kelly, Enterprise Ireland
  • R&D funding and investment impact – Breda O’Toole, IDA Ireland
  • Innovation Voucher / Partnership / Centres / Gateways – Kevin Flynn, Enterprise Ireland
10:00R&D Tax Credits / Knowledge Development Box (including last week’s Revenue guidance updates) – Ian Collins, EY
10:30Panel Discussion and Q&A -with EI / IDA / EY
10:45SME Company Case Study & Experiences to Share (partner Limerick Institute of Technology)
11:00Funding Showcase Part 2

  • Knowledge Transfer Ireland – Elizabeth Carvill
  • Irish Research Council – Maria Morrissey
  • Irish Universities Association – Geraldine Canny
  • InterTradeIreland – Gráinne Lennon
11:20Tea / Coffee / Networking / Exhibitors
12:00Science Foundation Ireland featuring Industry Case Study – Suzanne Miller-Delaney
12:15Currency Risk Management in the context of Brexit – Sheila Cronin, Fexco
12:30Loan Finance – Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) – John Madigan
12:45Brexit Panel: EI, SBCI, Fexco, Bank of Ireland and Industry Guest John Ryan, Azpiral
13:05Large Company Case Study & Experiences to Share (partner University of Limerick)
13:20Horizon 2020 – Gerard Kennedy, EI
13:50Lunch, Networking, Exhibitors


Meet the Researchers

A large number of Exhibitors from across the Third Level Research sector will also be there to demonstrate their capabilities and discuss potential collaborative opportunities and funding programmes. 


Please email if you have any queries about IRDG membership.

Non-Members please note:  Any fees paid for attendance at this event can be used as a credit towards your first year’s corporate membership with IRDG assuming your business joins within 2 months of this event, and is a direct RD&I performer so as to be eligible for membership.