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

Do you have an innovation project that could lead to the development of a new or improved product, service, business model, or process? Will it create value in your business, produce new profits or help grow the business? If so, then an Innovation Voucher could help support this.

How can an Innovation Voucher help my business?

£5K Innovation Vouchers allow businesses or potential entrepreneurs to get expertise from a public sector knowledge provider, such as a University or College (NI and ROI) for your innovation project.  

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

Typical projects we support include:

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

Activities that are not eligible include:

  • Business plans, market research and financial planning
  • Website and app related activity
  • Marketing and sales activity
  • Training courses
  • Working with a private sector provider

This list is not exhaustive.

**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.