Enterprise Ireland Agile Innovation Fund

The Agile Innovation Fund supports the development of new or substantially improved products, services or processes, where the total project cost is less than €300,000.

Enterprise Ireland (EI)

It features a streamlined online application form with fast track approval. Projects may range from solving technical challenges (R&D) to innovations in services delivery or business models (Digital Process Innovation).

Under Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) (2021-2026), projects supporting the digital and climate transition of enterprise are being funded through the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. This covers projects that will:
facilitate emissions reductions, or
support the digital transformation of the company, driving increased adoption and diffusion of digital technology

Eligible projects may involve:

Development of a new product or service
Improvements to existing products or services
Digitalisation or substantial improvements of existing processes or services
Acquisition of new knowledge and skills
Prototyping, testing and validation of new or improved products or services
It does not include routine changes made to existing products or processes
Please read the RD&I Fund Reference document for further information

The fund is open to all companies* but is particularly suitable for those who are;

new to R&D
operating in short, product life cycles
undertaking small/short projects
Grant rates range from 25% to 50% and applications can be submitted online anytime.

Eligible Companies
* All established, registered, Irish based manufacturing or internationally traded services company that are trading with positive EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation). Applicants must be able to show adequate cash resources to implement the proposed project. For companies who are not EBITDA positive contact your Business Adviser in the relevant Development Agency.

Eligible Costs
Existing staff costs / New staff costs
Overheads
Materials
Consultancy
Travel & Subsistence
Certification and clinical trials
Read the Guidelines for Companies Applying to the Agile Innovation Fund for further details on each eligible costs category. Note that the eligible costs for Agile Innovation Funding does not include capital equipment.

Grant Rates & Support
Grant rates dependent on a company size and inclusion of collaboration.
For collaborative rates see our RD&I Fund Reference document.

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