Do more R&D

Our Technical Development Incentive (TDI) scheme provides local SME’s with funding of up to £10,000 towards the cost of engaging external consultants and companies to implement innovative solutions.

We can support 50% of the external provider’s costs for the project between £1,000 and £40,000, if the project relates to intellectual property our support can start from £500.

The proposed innovative solution must add value by increasing competitiveness.

Projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Intellectual property (copyright, patents trademarks and design)
  • Product, service or process development, variation and improvement
  • Management systems (such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, British Retail Consortium Global Food Safety Standard)
  • Product and process approval and certification (for example CE Marking, Fire Certification)

Internal costs such as training, buying or hiring equipment, or labour are not eligible for support.

Who is eligible?

This support is available to Invest NI customers who meet the EU definition of an SME, and may be subject to some eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Contact us or alternatively call our Business Support Team on 0800 181 4422.

We accept TDI applications at any time.

Case study | Hear how the Crosslé Car Company benefited from the Technical Development Incentive

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