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Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

Overview

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 Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is seeing investment in the development and deployment of disruptive innovative technologies, on a commercial basis, targeted at tackling national and global challenges. The fund is driving collaboration between our 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.

Objectives

 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 objectives of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) 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

Eligibility

There have been five DTIF calls to date. Calls 1-4 were general calls where funding applications were required to be within the Research Priority Areas 2018-2023. 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. 

For DTIF Call 4, the main eligibility criteria were that: 

  • each project was required to have three enterprise partners, at least one of which must be an SME
  • research organisations (including colleges) could be a partner but could receive no more than 50% of the grant funding per project
  • all projects should be seeking minimum funding of €1.5 million
  • To draw down funding under DTIF, project partners
    • must be a client of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland or Údarás na Gaeltachta or an eligible Research Performing Organisation (RPO)
    • must be based in Ireland 

The DTIF Call 4 Guide for Applicants, indicative application form and consortium agreement template are available for information. 

DTIF Call 5 was a pilot call focusing on advanced and smart manufacturing and the development of novel and disruptive innovation in conventional manufacturing operations.This was the first time the fund focused on a specific sector with the aim of delivering radical enhancement in manufacturing systems or supply chains. 

There were several changes to the Fund for Call 5 which were aimed at encouraging applications from this highly important sector in the Irish economy, including: 

  • the requirement for each project to have at least one established manufacturing company in a consortium of three or more project partners, one of which must be an SME and one other enterprise partner
  • the type of eligible research was broadened from “industrial research” to include “experimental development”, that is, within Technology Readiness Levels 3-9
  • the aid intensity for a large company was reduced to a flat rate of 40% (down from 50%) 

The DTIF Call 5 Guide for Applicants, indicative application form and consortium agreement template are available for information. 

Applicants are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves fully with the terms of the scheme for each specific call, as set out in the Guide for Applicants and in any related content on this webpage (enterprise.gov.ie/DTIF), before completing and submitting applications.

DTIF webinars

Enterprise Ireland host a webinar one month after the launch of each call for those interested in learning more about the application process.  

A recording of the DTIF Call 4 webinar is available for information along, with a document containing a comprehensive set of the DTIF Call 4 webinar Q&A.

A recording of the DTIF Call 5 webinar is available for information, along with a document containing a comprehensive set of the DTIF Call 5 webinar Q&A

Current call – DTIF Call 5

The fifth call for applications to the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) was launched on 22 April 2022. 

The deadline for receipt of applications for Call 5 is now closed and the eligible applications received are currently going through the evaluation process. 

Please follow the Department or Enterprise Ireland on Twitter for updates – @DeptEnterprise or @Entirl.

Successful DTIF projects 

Details of the 83 successful projects that were awarded funding of €310 million to date under DTIF Calls 1-4 and videos of some of the success stories are available below.

Call 4

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

Call 3

€95 million for groundbreaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Fund

Call 2

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

Call 1

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

DTIF Call 3 project BOXAPP

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

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