Saturday, 3 September 2016

NI Business apply for £5000 Innovation Vouchers

Apply for £5,000 worth of Innovation Vouchers to improve or create new products or services

Innovation Vouchers are provided by Invest Northern Ireland and are ideal for small or medium-sized businesses wanting to get that extra edge.

What is an Innovation Voucher?

An Innovation Voucher allows you to access skills and expertise from one of 39 registered knowledge providers - ie universities, colleges or technical institutes - throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

If you're struggling with an issue that needs expert help to solve, you can team up with the knowledge providers and get help to:
develop ideas for new and improved products, processes and services
test and validate new or enhanced products and services
use or experiment with new materials
tap into research and scientific expertise

Who can apply?

Small business can apply - including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. Medium-sized businesses can also apply if they have not yet received assistance through Invest Northern Ireland’s research and development programme in the past five years.

What is excluded?

The aim of the programme is to deliver innovation. Some activities are specifically excluded from voucher support. For example, the voucher cannot be used for:
buying equipment
standard training
general marketing
website optimisation
standard app development
business plans and economic appraisals

To see a full list of activities that are not eligible for voucher support, download Innovation Vouchers FAQs (PDF, 359K)(link is external).

Current call for applications closes at 15:00 on Friday 23 September 2016.