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SMEs can get access to EU Funding through North/South Collaboration

19 December 2014

Continued North/South research collaboration can deliver €175 million in funding for SMEs from Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

The €80 billion EU Horizon 2020 programme, which commenced in 2014 and runs to the end of 2020, provides significant opportunities for SMEs through competitive calls.

North/South Collaboration

For SMEs, North/South collaboration for EU funding has many advantages including no language barrier, proximity for meetings and interaction and close relationships between the key supporting agencies including InterTradeIreland, Enterprise Ireland and Invest NI.

How InterTradeIreland can help

InterTradeIreland is active in facilitating such partnerships through a range of supports. These include travel vouchers, Horizon 2020 Web Portal and App, targeted ‘Focus On’ events and a dedicated web resource providing guidance, advice and housing links to other key websites.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD said; “The international collaborative nature of Horizon 2020 makes it ideally suited for Ireland and Northern Ireland to work together to mutual benefit. The importance of North South collaboration is recognised by both Administrations and InterTradeIreland has a key role to play in this. Deriving more benefit, in terms of jobs and growth, from our research spend is a key priority in the Action Plan for Jobs, and this initiative has a key role to play in ensuring that more SMEs get involved in innovation and ultimately turn good ideas into good jobs”.

Speaking at the event the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Permanent Secretary Andrew McCormick said: “Horizon 2020 presents significant opportunities for Northern Ireland companies and academic institutions to engage in ground breaking research and innovation activities. The programme presents invaluable opportunities for our local SME's in particular to collaborate on an international basis with other companies and leading research institutions on the development of new products and services.  

Aidan Gough, Director of Strategy and Policy, InterTradeIreland said “the launch of the InterTradeIreland  Horizon 2020 Strategic Action Plan is testimony to the high priority both jurisdictions place on this important source of research funding. It is also a clear recognition of the unique opportunity that cross-border cooperation offers to help Northern Ireland and Ireland in achieving ambitious drawdown targets. This year’s conference brings together the support framework in both jurisdictions with potential applicants and interested parties to build on the growing number of successful North South applications”.

Interested parties can access information about the range of supports on offer from InterTradeIreland at

  • Cavan
  • Louth
  • Meath
  • Monaghon