Research and Innovation

  • To increase the level of cross-border business and industry-relevant research and innovation capacity within the 'Health & Life Sciences' and 'Renewable Energy' sectors (value: €45m)
  • To increase the number and capacity of SMEs engaged in cross-border Research & Innovation aimed at the development of new products, processes and services (value: €15.9m).

East Border Region Ltd are project partner in one INTERREG VA Research and Innovation Project:

Co-Innovate (The Innovation Pathway Programme)

Start and End Dates: 01/08/2016 - 31/03/2022

The Co-Innovate Project, led by InterTrade Ireland, was awarded up to €14,702,502.14 with a total project cost of €22,443,035.35. The Programme will support over 1,400 SMEs and micro businesses in Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland. The project, which is set to target manufacturing and tradable services SMEs with export potential, will provide education and capability support tailored to meet the needs of all participating organisations.

Co-Innovate will deliver 469 separate innovation audits to support new project and process development. In addition, the initiative will see 94 SMEs complete as intensive in-house innovation capability building programme and 70 co-operating with research institutions. The project will also increase the number of businesses actively participating in cross border transnational or interregional research projects and give SMEs and micro businesses access to up to 70 'innovation interns' to help implement enhanced R & I activity. 

Project Partners: Intertrade Ireland, Enterprise NI Ltd, East Border Region Ltd; Local Enterprise Offices (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo); Scottish Enterprise; and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council