Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways – FAQ’s

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network has been in operation since 2013, providing a range of innovation solutions and support to over 2500 companies throughout the island of Ireland.

If you’re thinking about embarking on an Innovation project or simply just want to find out a little bit more about the Network, check out our Frequently Asked Questions below.

What is the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network?
Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network is a programme in partnership with 9 Institutes of Technology and 1 Technological University. Our 15 Technology Gateways are located nationwide and provide services and supports, across a range of technologies, to Irish companies in the areas of Research Development and Innovation. Companies can leverage the expertise of over 300 industry-focused researchers and engineers, together with the specialist equipment and facilities available within our Gateways.

How can I work with the Network?
The Network is open to companies of any size so whether you’re a start-up, SME, or multinational, our dedicated Technology Gateway managers and staff are available to assist with all aspects of your R&D or innovation project.

Do I need to be an Enterprise Ireland client?
No, the Technology Gateway Network is open to all Irish companies from SME’s right through to multinationals, you do not need to be a client of Enterprise Ireland to collaborate with the Network.

What supports and funding are available to me?
The Network offers a range of Enterprise Ireland funding options to suit companies of all sizes. Current funding mechanisms available include Innovation Vouchers, Feasibility Studies, Innovation Partnerships and the Agile Innovation Fund. Companies can also fund the research themselves. Some terms and conditions may apply in respect of some funding options but our Gateway teams will explain in detail the requirements and process. Further information on all supports can be found here.

Can I avail of the resources of more than one Gateway at a time?
Yes, our unique selling point is our network structure. Our Gateways frequently work collaboratively on innovation projects. If your project requires the expertise of additional Gateways, it is available to you. This will be organised by your lead Gateway manager.

What is a Technology Gateway cluster?
Our three Technology Gateway Clusters have been developed to enhance the level of collaboration within the Network. Since 2016 these industry focused research & development clusters have specialised in the areas of Internet of Things (Applied IoT), Engineering, Materials & Design (EMD Ireland) and Food & Beverage technologies (Irish Food Tech). The clusters provide a one stop shop for industry by providing access to research and engineering professionals, equipment and expertise through a single point of contact. Companies wishing to collaborate with a cluster should contact us for more information.

My regional Gateway focus on a different specialisation, what should I do?
The Network is designed so that you can discuss the initial investigative stages with your regional Gateway Manager. They will take you through the process, available funding options and arrange an introduction to the Gateway most suited to your project. However, if you have already identified the most suitable Gateway, you can contact the Gateway Manager directly. If you’re unsure where to start or just require additional information, get in touch.

I’ve decided to proceed, what’s my next step?
When you have an idea of what is required, contact us or your regional Gateway Manager. There are no set requirements though, maybe you just want to talk through an idea or have a detailed plan already, either way our Gateway managers are here to help and provide you with information on the next steps.

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