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Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

DTIF overview and objectives

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million challenge-based fund established under Project Ireland 2040. It is one of four funds set up under the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027. It is managed by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and administered by Enterprise Ireland. 

The National Development Plan (NDP) stated that the DTIF would see investment in the development and deployment of disruptive technologies and applications on a commercial basis; drive collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base and industry as well as facilitating enterprises to compete directly for funding in support of the development and adoption of these technologies and seeding a new wave of start-ups. The DTIF is explicitly linked to National Strategic Outcome 5 (a strong economy, supported by enterprise, innovation and skills). 

The DTIF objectives are to: 

  • support enterprises in Ireland to exploit the enterprise opportunities associated with 'disruptive technologies' by de-risking collaborative projects
  • support enterprises in Ireland to collaborate in order to engage with and be prepared for challenges associated with new disruptive technologies that will have a transformative impact on the way we work and live in the future
  • build on research undertaken in Ireland and to leverage that research further by supporting the delivery and exploitation of new technology-based solutions from that research
  • foster deeper and wider RD&I collaborations between the public and private sectors in key technology areas and, in particular, to support collaborations between large firms and SMEs in Ireland
  • strengthen spin-out, spin-in and other start-up activity associated with disruptive technology
  • prepare Irish enterprises and public bodies to engage in European and global partnerships around the development and deployment of disruptive technologies
  • promote innovation and drive collaboration between Ireland’s enterprises and its research base 

Essentially, DTIF is about funding collaborations that demonstrate technology-based disruptive innovation, collaborations that can: 

  • alter markets
  • alter the way business operates
  • involve new products or the emergence of new business models 

DTIF Call 6

The sixth call for applications to the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) was launched on 8 March 2023 and closed on 31 May 2023. Eligible applications went through a two stage evaluation process and to date, 11 projects have been approved €51 million in funding.

DTIF Call 6 was a general call and welcomed applications from all sectors. We particularly encouraged projects that complement the priority enterprise policy objectives on digital transformation and integrating decarbonisation and net zero commitments, as set out in the White Paper on Enterprise. Projects that help to drive the innovation and transformation opportunities that are needed in sectors such as construction were also encouraged. However, all projects will be expected to demonstrate a positive contribution to the sustainability targets in the Climate Action Plan. 

Eligibility 

The main eligibility criteria for DTIF Call 6 included: 

  • all projects should be seeking minimum funding of €1.5 million over three years
  • each project to have at least three independent partners seeking funding from DTIF, including at least one SME and one other enterprise partner
  • SMEs can claim up to 50% of their eligible costs, whereas large companies can claim up to 40% of their eligible costs
  • research organisations (including colleges) can claim up to 100% of the eligible costs but can receive no more than 50% of the total DTIF grant aid per project
  • to draw down funding under DTIF, project partners:
    • must be a current client of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland or Údarás na Gaeltachta or an eligible Research Performing Organisation (RPO)
    • must be based in Ireland
  • the type of eligible research to be carried out by all partners, must include 'industrial research' and/or 'experimental development', that is, within Technology Readiness Levels 3-9
  • all company partners must provide financial information to demonstrate that they are not Undertakings in Difficulty (UiD) 

Guidance documents 

Guide for applicants, indicative application form, consortium agreement template and UiD questionnaire

Webinar

Enterprise Ireland hosted a webinar on 4 April 2023 for anyone interested in learning more about the application process. A recording of the DTIF Call 6 webinar is available for information, along with a DTIF Call 6 webinar Q&A document containing a comprehensive set of responses to the questions raised at the webinar.

DTIF Call 7

Potential applicants for DTIF Call 7 should note that, although there is no confirmed date, we envisage an additional call will be launched early 2024.

Successful DTIF projects

There have been 6 completed DTIF calls to date. DTIF Calls 1-4 and Call 6 were general calls, where applications were required to be within the Research Priority Areas 2018-2023. DTIF Call 5 was a pilot themed call on advanced and smart manufacturing.

The calls were seeking projects of scale with a strong enterprise agenda to harness maximum medium-term economic impact for Ireland. Ideally, we were looking for enterprise-driven research and development challenges that can demonstrate commercial impacts within 3 to 7 years of project completion.

Details of the 103 successful projects that were awarded funding of €364 million to date under DTIF Calls 1-6 and videos of some of the success stories are available below.

Funding of €58.8 million announced for diverse and potentially life-changing disruptive technology projects

A further €17.8 million invested in innovative and novel technologies under DTIF Calls 4 and 5 bringing total investment from the fund to €306 million

Tánaiste announces funding of up to €13.3 million for three innovative projects

Government invests €40 million in 11 disruptive technologies projects across health and wellbeing, advanced robotics and machine learning

€95 million for groundbreaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Fund

€65 million for 16 groundbreaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

Over €75 million for 27 groundbreaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund  

Video: DTIF Call 3 project BOXAPP

Watch on YouTube: DTIF Call 3 Project ‘BOXAPP’ - YouTube

Video: DTIF Call 3 project ENACT

Watch on YouTube: DTIF Call 3 Project ‘ENACT’ - YouTube

More DTIF videos

DTIF Call 3 announcement - YouTube

DTIF playlist - YouTube

DTIF Dashboard

The DTIF Dashboard highlights the 103 successful projects that have been approved (in principle) for funding in Calls 1-6 and shows the regional spread of DTIF project partners involved in collaborative research across Ireland. The data is sourced from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and Enterprise Ireland.

The data may be viewed by clicking on the images below, or at its source in Tableau Public at Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund - Tableau Public.