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Business Enhance RD&I Grant Scheme

BUDGET - €20,000,0​00

R&D&I is a critical element for enterprises to remain competitive and take advantage of their growth potential and become more innovative through the development of innovative products and solutions. The scheme supports enterprises through the provision of a non-repayable grant for research, development and innovation actions within the Smart Specialization Areas outlined in the National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020.  The scheme addresses specifically the following areas: 

Manufacturing

Aviation and Aerospace

Health

ICT 

Tourism Product Development

Maritime Services

This Scheme supports enterprises in the form of non-repayable Grants under four main measures which shall be administered through open rolling calls. 

Measure 1 - Feasibility Studies 

This Measure supports eligible enterprises through a non-repayable grant to conduct a Feasibility Study to assess the potential of undertaking a specific R&D project.

 Aid Intensity


Enterprise Size

Aid Intensity

Micro/Small

70%

Medium

60%

Large

50%

 Eligible Costs

  • Personnel costs
  • Acquisition of knowledge 

Measure 2 - Research and Development Projects  

Grants under this measure are aimed at supporting eligible enterprises that are planning to undertake Industrial Research and Experimental Development Projects aimed at the development of new products, services or solutions including Key Enabling Technology at pre-commercialisation stage at potentially a minimum Technology Readiness Level 6: TRL6. 

The planned action should be supported by a feasibility study showing that the research to be undertaken has clear scope and objectives and that the envisaged research is of strategic importance to the enterprise itself, and potentially beyond.​

Aid Intensity


Enterprise Size

Aid Intensity

Effective Collaborative Projects

Maximum Aid Intensity

Micro/Small

45%

+ 15%

60%

Medium

35%

+15%

50%

Large

25%

+15%

40%


Eligible Costs

  • ​Personnel costs
  • Acquisition of knowledge​
  • Costs of equipment and Instruments
  • Additional overheads

Measure 3 - Investment in Research Infrastructures 

Grants under this measure are aimed at supporting enterprises to set-up facilities with the aim to provide research infrastructures that perform an economic activity, to support the development and exchange of knowledge, expertise and the creation of technology transfer possibilities among undertakings.

Aid Intensity


Enterprise Size

Aid Intensity

Micro/Small/ Medium/Large

50%


Eligible Costs

Investment costs for the acquisition of tangible assets directly required for the setting-up of the Research Infrastructure.

Investment costs for the acquisition of intangible assets being the acquisition of patents, licences, software and acquisition of technical knowledge required directly for the implementation of the supported action.

Measure 4 - Process Innovation

Grants under this measure are aimed to support Undertakings to innovate through the development and implementation of either a new or significantly improved production or delivery method.

Aid Intensity


Enterprise Size

Aid Intensity

Micro/Small/Medium

50%

Large *(on condition that the project is implemented in effective collaboration with an SME where the SME incurs at least 30% of the eligible costs)

15%


Eligible Costs

  • ​Personnel costs
  • Costs of equipment and Instruments
  • Acquisition of Knowledge
  • Additional overheads

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