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Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

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About DTIF

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.

To date, over €371 million in funding has been awarded to 104 projects. For a list of these projects and more, check out our dashboard.

More about DTIF and eligibility

Who can apply

DTIF is suitable for combinations of SMEs, MNCs and RPOs who are engaging in collaborative ‘industrial research’ and/or ‘experimental development’ towards a common objective.

nullBefore submitting an application to DTIF, all applicants should ensure they meet the eligibility requirements

You should apply to DTIF if your project will potentially:

  • alter markets
  • alter the way businesses operate 
  • involve the creation of new products or
    contribute to the emergence of new business models

Additional reasons to apply based on your partner type

Projects are assessed based on four criteria:

  • strength of the disruptive technology dimension
  • excellence of the overall proposal and approach
  • economic impact and sustainability
  • quality and efficiency of the collaboration

Breakdown of each evaluation criteria

Current call

Call status: Call 7 is now live. Applications may be submitted using the online submission on the Enterprise Ireland website. 

DTIF Call 7 launched on 7 May 2024 as a ‘rolling’ call and will close at 5pm on 30 April 2025.

Applicants are strongly advised to familiarise themselves fully with the terms associated with the call, in particular, the eligibility criteria and the call process, all of which can be found in the guide for applicants. To avoid incomplete or ineligible application forms, applicants are advised to avail of the indicative application form before submitting. Changes to the form are not permitted once the application has been submitted.

Guidance documents 

Guide for applicants (PDF, 599KB)

Indicative application form (DOC, 85KB)

Consortium agreement template (DOC, 294KB)

UiD questionnaire (XLS, 122KB)

Webinar

Enterprise Ireland hosted a webinar for potential Call 7 applicants on 23 May 2024. A recording of the DTIF Call 7 webinar will be available on this webpage shortly. A DTIF Call 7 webinar Q&A document setting out the responses to the questions raised will be posted on this website in due course.

Common application pitfalls

Eligibility

  1. Company partners fail to confirm their status as a client of Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta or IDA Ireland and ensure they are eligible to drawdown funding under DTIF before the submission deadline.
  2. Company partners fail to provide financial information as requested in the DTIF Guide for Applicants.
  3. Sections of the application form were incomplete.
  4. RPO partners are seeking more than 50% of the overall DTIF grant amount sought.

Assessment

  1. Companies do not have the financial capacity to deliver the project or are an Undertaking in Difficulty (UiD) under EU State Aid rules.
  2. The project doesn’t sufficiently demonstrate disruptive innovation.
  3. The consortium doesn’t adequately demonstrate the effectiveness of its collaboration.

The DTIF Dashboard highlights key details of the successful projects that have been approved for funding 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.