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INNOVATORS' INITIATIVE

INNOVATORS' INITIATIVE:
Pioneering Smart Futures

Enterprise Ireland seeks to create new innovate training programmes with Irish publicly funded Research Performing Organisations

 

Enterprise Ireland Innovators’ Initiative: Pioneering Smart Futures training programme (formerly titled Needs Led Training Initiative) will attract high calibre individuals and inter-disciplinary teams who, through their immersion and observation of real needs in their immersive environment and the use of a design methodology, will be supported to generate new product and process ideas, new IP and in some cases, the creation of high-potential-start-ups (HPSUs).

 

Innovators’ Initiative programmes will be hosted in Irish publicly funded Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) or within consortia of Irish RPOs. These training programmes will create cohorts of highly skilled innovators who can observe and identify unmet market needs within specific sectors of growth in Ireland. 

 

Innovators’ Initiative programme will build on existing international and national best practice connecting on multiple levels with the industry sector clusters in the Northern and Western Region and Southern and the Eastern and Midland Regions.

Call Now Open

Enterprise Ireland is pleased to announce the launch of a competitive call for applications to the Innovators’ Initiative: Pioneering Smart Futures 2023-2029, formerly known as the Needs Led Training Initiative. Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) based in the Republic of Ireland are cordially invited to submit applications for funding in accordance with the Innovators’ Initiative Call Guidance Document and using the Application Form. All RPO applicants must comply with the relevant EU regulations as outlined in the Innovators’ Initiative Call Guidance Document and Application Form. Failure to do so will render the application ineligible for funding.

This programme will be co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under the ERDF Southern, Eastern and Midland Regional Programme 2021-27 and the ERDF Northern and Western Regional Programme 2021-27. The Innovators’ Initiative will support the following ERDF objectives:

  • Policy Objective 1: A more competitive and smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation and regional ICT connectivity
  • Specific Objective: Developing and enhancing research & innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

Objective

The objective of the Innovators’ Initiative is to create a series of multi-year training programmes. Each programme will be hosted in Irish publicly funded RPOs, delivering highly qualified innovation champions with the necessary skillset to observe and identify market led opportunities in key sectors of national and regional importance in Ireland.

Eligibility of Applications

The Initiative is open to publicly funded RPOs based in the Republic of Ireland.

Ineligible applicants: Individual companies, clusters of companies or sectoral representative bodies cannot apply directly for funding nor are they eligible for direct funding via the programme budget.

Geographic Regions Covered

The Enterprise Ireland Innovators’ Initiative is co-funded by two ERDF Regional Programmes. Eligible institutions will be co-funded according to their location within the relevant programme area.

  • Southern, Eastern & Midland Programme Area
  • Northern & Western Programme Area

Total Amount of Support 

The total budget for supports available is €30 million, of which €19.6m is funded through the Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021-27 and 5.9m is funded through the Northern & Western Regional Programme 2021-27. The ERDF co-funding is 40% for projects in the Southern, Eastern and Midlands Region and 60% for the Northern and Western Region. Additional funding was also made available from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment totalling 4.3m. Contracts will last up to seven years.

Call Start and End Dates

The call start date is 23rd February 2023. The end date and deadline for applications is 12 pm (noon) on Tuesday the 2nd of May 2023. Any applications received after this time will not be eligible

Application Process

The application should include an electronic copy (in MS Word format and pdf) signed by relevant persons in the Host RPO. The electronic copy should be sent to innovatorsinitiative@enterprise-ireland.com by the deadline.

An online briefing workshop on the application and assessment process for the Innovators’ Initiative will be held soon after the call is launched. This will include a Q&A session where we hope to answer any queries you may have. We strongly recommend that you attend this workshop. FAQs to support your application submission will be available following the workshop.

Following on from the receipt of your applications, you may be invited to meet an assessment panel to discuss your application in further detail in a Q&A session hosted by Enterprise Ireland.

To learn more about the Innovators’ Initiative, contact us: innovatorsinitiative@enterprise-ireland.com

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Successful Fellows on the BioInnovate Programme

Brendan Boland

Brendan Boland

Sinead Buckley

Sinead Buckley

Brendan Boland participated in the pilot of the BioInnovate programme, BioInnovate Ireland – Innovative Medical Device Training – during his medical career. Due to his success on the programme and knowledge obtained he became the CEO and Co-founder of Loci Orthopaedics Ltd.

Sinead Buckley, with a strong background in engineering participated in the BioInnovate pilot programme, BioInnovate Ireland – Innovative Medical Device Training. The programme let her pursue the career further and she has become a founder and co-inventor at NightLeaf who have developed a novel medical device in Ophthamology.

To find out more on Brendan’s and Sinead’s journey on the programme watch the The Innovator’s Initiative webinar, which you can find above.

High Potential Start-Ups Created by BioInnnovate Fellows

See below the High Potential Start Ups created to date by BioInnovate Fellows, after their training, and subsequent Commercialisation Funding:

Who can apply? 

 

The Initiative is open to publicly funded RPOs based in the Republic of Ireland.

Ineligible applicants: Individual companies, clusters of companies or sectoral representative bodies cannot apply directly for funding nor are they eligible for direct funding via the programme budget

Contact Us

To learn more about the Innovators’ Initiative, contact us at innovatorsinitiative@enterprise-ireland.com

 

This programme will be co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under the ERDF Southern, Eastern and Midland Regional Programme 2021-27 and the ERDF Northern and Western Regional Programme 2021-27.