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Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is a €500 million fund established under Project Ireland 2040 and is run by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with administrative support from Enterprise Ireland.

COVID-19 and the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland are aware that the current situation regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be having a significant impact on the research, development and innovation activities of companies and academic researchers.

We are working to understand the nature of any impacts on projects funded through the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). We will try to facilitate any appropriate measures that may prove necessary, taking a flexible, constructive approach and we will consider any issues arising for projects on a case-by-case basis. Any queries should be directed to the DTIF team at Enterprise Ireland (dtif@enterprise-ireland.com) who will be happy to assist.

Please also consult the Department’s webpage for information on supports available for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

A further call for applications to the DTIF will be launched no earlier than Autumn 2020. Please follow the Department on Twitter (@EnterInnov) for updates on future calls of the DTIF.

DTIF Call 2 (2019)

DTIF Call 2 was officially launched at the Future Jobs Ireland Pillar 1 event on 5 July 2019 at the University of Limerick. The deadline for applications was 18 September 2019 (3pm Irish time). 

Documentation

  • Presentation slides from the Future Jobs Ireland event.
  • DTIF Call 2 documents for applicants.
  • Enterprise Ireland hosted a webinar on 30 July for those who were interested in learning more about the application process for DTIF Call 2. There was huge interest in the event with circa 300 registered participants who asked over 100 questions. The questions raised, and the responses supplied are available on DTIF Call 2 audio. A list of the questions raised is available on DTIF Call 2 Webinar Questions.

DTIF Call 2 announcement of project funding

A total of 16 innovative projects were successful under the second round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland. The projects will share €65 million out to 2022.

The approved projects cover life sciences, medical devices, ICT, artificial intelligence, blockchain, manufacturing and environmental sustainability, including in the waste and energy sectors. This brings the total Government funding awarded under Calls 1 and 2 of DTIF to €140m across 43 projects with 159 project partners.

A short video with DTIF recipients in which they discuss the importance of funding for their projects

The Fund, which was announced as part of Project Ireland 2040, will see an overall amount of €500 million of Government funding allocated over the ten years from 2018 to 2027 alongside enterprise co-funding.

The Fund is delivering on Pillar 1 of the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland framework – Embracing Innovation and Technological Change – by funding the development and deployment of disruptive innovative technologies on a commercial basis. It is one of the first funds of its type in the world and is aimed at tackling national and global challenges to secure the jobs of the future.

More information on the Future Jobs initiative: Future Jobs Ireland – Preparing Now for Tomorrow’s Economy

DTIF Call 1 (2018)

  • 27 projects were approved for funding with many led by start-ups and SMEs

  • The successful projects will receive over €70 million to 2021

  • The successful projects represent the health, food, ICT and manufacturing sectors in Ireland 

DTIF Call 1 success stories

View some of the success stories from Call 1: Call 1 success stories

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