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Early Stage.
Early Support.
From Lab to Market.

Get the financial and soft supports to transform your research into a commercially viable product.

Research and innovation are fundamental drivers of business growth in Ireland and key to the success of our economy. But taking research developments beyond the lab and out in to the open market requires both support and new skills.

Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Fund has been designed to help you on that journey by providing consultative and financial supports for third level researchers taking technology from the lab to the real world.

The Commericalisation Fund can provide the following supports:

  • Support in identifying new needs-led technology solutions
  • Support in validating and commercialising your idea
  • Development of industry focused research
  • Access to Enterprise Ireland’s Mentor Panel
  • Access to prospective business parners
  • Commercialisation of research support and information sessions


The Commercialisation Fund is intended to support both proof of concept and ready to develop technology.
Researchers can access two separate levels of sequential funding:

Commercialisation Feasibility Funding

Intended to help you validate the potential market opportunity before development.


Commercialisation Funding

Following feasibility funding, this is intended to de-risk your technology through development for real world application.


Commercialisation Fund Supports

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Commercialisation Specialist

A dedicated Commercialisation Specialist supports your through every step of the process, helping you to develop a commercially focussed plan.

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Commercial Engagement

Support is provided through Enterprise Ireland's Mentor Network, providing access to industry networks with experience and advice on company establishment.

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Market Assessment and Validation

Access to resources to validate your technology opportunity.

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Team Formation

Through Enterprise Ireland's Business Partners Programme, access the right personnel for successful project delivery.

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Personal Development

Expand your individual skillset to broaden potential opportunities in the industry market.

Who can apply?

  • All researchers including staff on contract in 3rd level research institutions (e.g. post-doctoral scientists)
  • Non-profit research performing organisations and agencies in the Republic of Ireland

For more information on the Commercialisation Fund and how to apply – click here.