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R&D grants can provide an essential source of match funding for your innovative project. However, applying for R&D grant funding can be difficult and time consuming. Grant funding is highly competitive and only the highest quality applications have any chance of success.
An award winning R&D grant application successfully describes the commercial, technological and financial benefits of the project in a precise and compelling manner.
R&D projects must seek to resolve a technical uncertainty by undertaking risky or innovative research and development. R&D grants are often awarded to projects considered too risky for private sector investment.
Proposed R&D projects and costs must also be realistic with a clear commercial opportunity, and have the aim of creating new or exploiting significant growth within the market.
Irish companies and organisations can apply for innovation grants from Enterprise Ireland as well as European grants. The key sources of R&D grant funding within Europe are listed below:
Horizon 2020 is a European programme that has nearly €80 billion of grant funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation, and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. You can find out more on our Horizon 2020 Main Scheme and Horizon 2020 SME Instrument pages.
EUREKA Eurostars is a European programme for innovative SMEs wanting to take part in collaborative research with partners across Europe and associated countries. Enterprise Ireland supports Irish SMEs who want to get involved. You can find out more on our EUREKA Eurostars page.
Applying for a grant is a time-consuming and resource-intensive process. You need to be able to make a very strong case for your innovation, from both a technical and a commercial perspective, for your grant application to be successful.
Each grant application competition has its own rules and requirements. You need to ensure that your innovation meets the competition scope and that you are eligible to apply, so check the guidance for the competition you’re applying for.
Some grant competitions provide you with an application form with fixed-size text entry areas. For each question, you’ll need to provide answers to the questions using only the space provided.
For other competitions, such as the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, there is an overall page limit for the application. You will need to provide the information required within the allowed number of pages, but you can decide how much information to provide for each section.
Your grant application is more likely to be successful if it:
Grant applications are usually examined by independent experts in the area of innovation identified in the application. The number of experts scoring the application depend on the grant awarding body.
Each grant-awarding body has its own timelines for providing feedback and a decision on funding.
If your application is successful, you will need to provide the information required by the grant awarding body, which may include further documentation and financial checks. Depending on the awarding body, you may be assigned a monitoring officer.
Funding is generally paid in arrears, once the required audits and reports are complete. Each grant awarding body has its own payment rules.
Myriad Associates have an enviable track record with R&D grant applications. Using our grant application services can give you a significant competitive advantage over other grant applicants.
We assess your chances of success
We write your grant application
We prepare your financial plan
We submit your grant application
We help you comply with the conditions of your grant
We take care of your application from start to finish
Project Assessment – Our specialist consultants discuss all the relevant technical, commercial and financial details of your R&D project with you and assess your chances of success.
Workshop Session – We will take you through a workshop session so that we fully understand your project in terms of the technical problems and solution, commercial opportunities, market dynamics, project team and financial projections.
Grant Writing – We research, prepare, and write an award winning R&D grant application for your review and approval.
Submission and Feedback – We complete the on-line registration process and submit the web-based grant application on your behalf. Grant assessors provide feedback on both successful and unsuccessful grant applications, and we review this feedback with you to give you on-going advice and guidance.
Compliance and Monitoring – When your grant application is approved, we help you comply with all requests from the grant body’s monitoring officers.
(See also R&D Tax Credits)
Horizon 2020 is the 8th Framework Programme from the EU and runs from 2014-2020, with a budget of €80 billion. The Framework Programmes until Framework Programme 6, which ended in 2006, covered five-year periods, but since Framework Programme 7 (from 2007-2013), programmes run for 7 years.
Framework programmes 6 and 7 were focused on technological research. Horizon 2020 focuses on innovation, delivering economic growth faster, and delivering solutions to end users.
The Horizon 2020 programme consists of three “pillars”, or main research areas: Excellent Science, with a budget of €24 billion, Industrial Leadership, with a budget of €17 billion, and Societal Challenges, with a budget of €30 billion.
This R&D tax credits calculator estimates the amount of corporation tax savings you may be entitled to by making a claim for R&D tax credits.