Need to source R&D funding? There’s an app for that

9 Oct 2017

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan, TD, and KTI director Dr Alison Campbell. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

Knowledge Transfer Ireland helps businesses to benefit from access to Irish expertise and technology.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) has created a new tool to find R&D funding and help organisations to get their research projects off the ground.

The easy-to-use resource was launched at KTI’s Knowledge Transfer Summit last week which brought together over 300 entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, universities, institutes of technology and publicly-funded research organisations.

‘We are seeing an increase in the level of investment – both public and private – in the space’

The Find R&D Funding resource, freely available on the KTI website, provides information on the various sources of funding, incentives and other supports available for organisations interested in engaging in research.

A maturing knowledge economy

“The knowledge transfer sector in Ireland is maturing, driven through active engagement in the processes by companies and entrepreneurs working with the research base,” said Dr Alison Campbell, director of KTI.

“We are seeing an increase in the level of investment – both public and private – in the space.

“To further progress the level of innovation and R&D activity in Ireland, it is vital that industry can access the most appropriate sources of funding and support for their research and development projects.

“Our goal at KTI is to drive awareness regarding the resources available, which is why we are delighted to launch the Knowledge Transfer Ireland ‘Find R&D Funding’ resource.

“We have received very positive feedback to date from industry on the tools available through our website and we anticipate the new tool will help further drive this.”

According to KTI, Ireland now ranks 10th in the world in the Global Innovation Index 2017 and has been cited as the most R&D-effective country in the EU, achieving maximum innovation output per euro of public funding.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years