24th January 2022
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, together with the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, launched the fourth Call for applications to the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) on 8 November 2021.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, 10 February 2022 (15:00 Irish Time).
DTIF Call 4 is about funding collaborations that demonstrate technology-based disruptive innovation, collaborations that can:
- Alter markets;
- Alter the way business operates;
- Involve new products or the emergence of new business models.
Funding applications for Call 4 should be within the Research Priority Areas 2018-2023. We are particularly interested in projects of scale with a strong enterprise agenda to harness maximum medium-term economic impact for Ireland. Ideally, we are looking for enterprise-driven research and development challenges that can demonstrate commercial impacts within 3 to 7 years of project completion.
As with Call 3, each project must have 3 enterprise partners, at least 1 of which must be an SME. Research organisations (including colleges) can be a partner but can receive no more than 50% of the grant funding per project. All projects should be seeking minimum funding of €1.5 million.
The key amendments from Call 3 are that, to draw down funding under DTIF, project partners:
- must be a client of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland or Údarás na Gaeltachta or an eligible Research Performing Organisation (RPO), and
- must be based in Ireland
DTIF Call 4 application process
Please see the DTIF Call 4 Guide for Applicants on DTIF Call 4 documentation to learn more about applying for the Fund.
Each project partner in a collaborative partnership will be required to complete the Consortium Agreement (see template on DTIF Call 4 documentation).
Call 4 webinar
Enterprise Ireland hosted a DTIF Call 4 information webinar on 8 December for those who were interested in learning more about the application process for the call.
The questions raised, and the responses supplied, are available on DTIF Call 4 webinar Q&A. A recording of the webinar is also available on DTIF Call 4 Webinar - YouTube. The Call 4 documentation supersedes any guidance under Call 3.
Applications can be submitted via the online submission system on the Enterprise Ireland website.
Source: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment