There are a number of funding programmes available to support innovation in business.



There are a number of funding programmes available to support innovation in business.

Many businesses choose to work with Ulster University through a direct paid-for consultancy option and our business development team can provide quotes and guidance on this service.

Alternatively, there are a range of funding programmes available to support innovation activities with Ulster University.

Short Term Projects

Funding programmes such as Innovation Vouchers run by Invest NI and Enterprise Ireland can help SMEs access university expertise via a voucher worth up to £5,000/ €5,000 to deliver innovative solutions.

Long Term Projects

For longer term projects designed to help businesses improve performance, growth and profitability, the UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme offers up to 60% of funding and InterTradeIreland's FUSION programme up to €52,800 of funding

Student Project Support

The Science Shop is an initiative run jointly by Ulster University and Queen's University and can provide student project support to community organisations and social enterprises.


R&D grants from organisations such as Invest NI help and Innovate UK can support business with finance for research and development.

Our research team also work closely with businesses on joint projects and access funding from appropriate Research Councils/Charities to support sector specific projects.

European Funding

Horizon 2020 is one of the largest programmes in Europe for supporting innovation and collaboration between SMEs/organisations and academic institutions.

These are just a selection of how businesses can work with us, if you would like to discuss a project contact one of our Business Development Managers.

You can also go to Access Ulster to search for what you may need (expertise, facilities, research or technology for licensing).