Innovation Services for Industry (Innovation vouchers).

Contact person 
Terry O'Brien
South-East Regional Authority (SERA)
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
R&D cooperation (joint projects, PPP with research institutes)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Innovation Services for Industry (Innovation vouchers).
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
Higher education institutions (education function)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
SMEs only
What is the aim/objective? 
The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.
Give an overview of the instrument 
The €5,000 Innovation Voucher can be exchanged for Advice and Expertise from the Knowledge Providers Innovation Vouchers can be used for any kind of innovation such as: new product / process development; new business model development; new service delivery and customer interface; new service development; tailored training in innovation management; innovation / technology audit. Vouchers can be exchanged for knowledge transfer projects from the knowledge provider. For the purposes of this initiative, a knowledge transfer project is defined as one that transfers knowledge of a scientific, technological or innovative nature that it is new to the small enterprise. The small enterprise may then use the new knowledge to innovate a product, process or service
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Monday, January 1, 2007
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
54 completed projects in 2011 and 250 since commencement at WIT Nationally figues are in excess of 3000 awarded since 2007 with c. 50 knowledge providers
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?