What could a £5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?

This will allow businesses or potential entrepreneurs to work with a public sector knowledge provider e.g. University, College or Institute of Technology (NI and ROI) on an innovation project.

Please note that this programme does not involve the payment of any funds direct to participating businesses.

Typical projects we support include:

  • Helping to create or improve products, services or processes
  • Access to specialist expertise in new materials
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise

The current phase of the Innovation Vouchers Programme was launched in May 2020. It effectively started with a ‘clean slate’ so all applicants from May 2020 start afresh and can avail of three vouchers in the next five-year period (one voucher at a time). The first voucher is funded at 100% of the project cost to max £5000 and customers pay the VAT.

**Please note that some Knowledge Providers may be limited in what they can currently deliver given that they are remote working  and may not have access to all facilities and equipment.**

Applications must be submitted through our online application form.

If you require an application in an alternative format (including Braille audio disc, large print or in minority languages to meet the needs of those whose first language is not English) then please contact us on 0800 181 4422 and ask to speak with the Invest NI Equality Team.

The call for Innovation Voucher applications has now closed. The next call for applications will open on Monday 24 January, 2022 and will close at 3pm on Friday 11 February, 2022.