The Government launches the second round of the €500m Disruptive Technologies Fund
Published: 8th July 2019
The Government launched the second round of the €500m Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF), which will act as a driver of Pillar 1 of Future Jobs Ireland. It was also announced that another €100m was being made available under the DTIF for three-year projects to 2022.
The DTIF is a €500m Project Ireland 2040 fund confirmed under the National Development Plan, which is being managed by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, as well as Enterprise Ireland, which is providing administrative support.
The goal of this fund is to 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. It aims to support investment in the development and deployment of disruptive technologies and applications on a commercial basis.
In the first round, the fund allocated €75m to 27 projects, and received expressions of interest from more than 300 different candidates. The 27 successful projects cover areas such as household electricity generation, sepsis treatments, coastal flooding supports and medical 3D printing.
“Ireland needs to maintain its position as a technical leader in a modern, global economy. The investment that I and the Government have made available through this initiative for co-funded projects will help us to achieve that objective in the coming years,”said Donohoe.
O’Donovan added: “The significant investments associated with the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund and the Future Jobs Ireland programme demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that Ireland remains among the global leaders in innovation.”
Applications for the DTIF are open until 3pm on Wednesday 18 September 2019. The fund is available to applicants requesting funding of €1.5m or more for projects lasting up to three years. Enterprise partners must provide matched funding.