Agile Innovation Fund Grant

Local Enterprise Offices may provide financial support to small businesses and micro enterprises to carry out research or develop new business processes to expand their business.

What is the Agile Innovation Fund?

The Agile Innovation Fund supports the development of new or substantially improved products, services or processes, where the total project cost is less than €300,000. It features a streamlined online application form with fast track approval. Projects may range from solving technical challenges (R&D) to innovations in services delivery or business models (Digital Process Innovation).

Eligible projects may involve:

  • Development of a new product or service
  • Improvements to existing products or services
  • Digitalisation or substantial improvements of existing processes or services
  • Acquisition of new knowledge and skills
  • Prototyping, testing and validation of new or improved products or services
  • It does not include routine changes made to existing products or processes

Who is it for?

The fund is open to all companies* but is particularly suitable for those who are;

  • new to R&D
  • operating in short, product life cycles
  • undertaking small/short projects

Grant rates range from 25% to 50% and applications can be submitted online anytime.

Eligible Companies

* All established, registered, Irish based manufacturing or internationally traded services company that are trading with positive EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation). Applicants must be able to show adequate cash resources to implement the proposed project. For companies who are not EBITDA positive contact your Business Adviser in the relevant Development Agency.

Eligible Costs

  • Existing staff costs / New staff costs
  • Overheads
  • Materials
  • Consultancy
  • Travel & Subsistence
  • Certification and clinical trials

Grant Rates & Support

  • Grant rates dependent on a company size and inclusion of collaboration.

Grant Rates & Support

Small Companies

Medium Companies

Large Companies

Maximum Grant

R&D Projects





Digital Process Innovation Projects * 






To discuss a possible Agile Innovation application request a meeting with our business advisory team by completing this application form -