IDA’s grants for RD&I fit within the wider national support initiatives aimed at developing and significantly increasing company engagement in RD&I activity in line with the objectives set out in the Government’s Strategy for Science Technology & Innovation 2006 – 2013. IDA clients can also avail of funding sources administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of all companies in Ireland (overseas and domestic) such as Innovation Partnerships and also the EU FP7 Programme.

The types of activities which are supported by this programme include:

Industrial Research – Defined as the planned research or critical investigation aimed at the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services or for bringing about a significant improvement in existing products, processes or services. It comprises the creation of components of complex systems, which are necessary for the industrial research, notably for generic technology validation, to the exclusion of prototypes.

Experimental Development – Defined as the acquiring, combining, shaping and using existing scientific, technological, business and other relevant knowledge and skills for the purpose of producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. These may also include e.g. other activities aiming at the conceptual definition, planning and documentation of new products, processes and services. The activities may comprise producing drafts, drawings, plans and other documentation, provided that they are not intended for commercial use.

ELIGIBILITY: All IDA client companies are eligible to apply for RD&I grants.

FUNDING: Grant percentage levels are subject to negotiation between IDA and the company based on the technical, commercial and economic benefits of the project for the company and the Irish economy.

The maximum IDA grant rate for industrial research is 40% and for experimental development is 25% (subject to negotiation).