Business - Academic - Graduate

About the FUSION Programme

Business - Academic - Graduate Partnership

FUSION, InterTradeIreland's all-island technology transfer programme, can help you to bolster your business's bottom line and get ahead of the competition by partnering your company with a third-level institution with the specialist expertise you need and a high calibre science, engineering or technology graduate.

With innovative training, talented graduates, award-winning knowledge transfer and a strong track record of challenging business thinking, we are well-placed to help your company or organisation to succeed.

The graduate is employed by you and is based in your company throughout the project (12 - 18 months) with mentoring from the academic partner and InterTradeIreland FUSION consultant.

Funding Available

18 month support package - worth up to £44,250/€52,800 typically in the area of new product/service development

12 month support project - worth £31,000/€37,000 typically in the area of process improvement. 


  • On average, each company taking part on the FUSION programme benefits from over £1 million worth of sales or efficiency savings in the three years following the project.
  • Develop or improve products, processes or services
  • Streamline business processes to increase efficiency and performance
  • Develop and implement new technologies, systems or processes
  • Improve capabilities in innovation, design and technology
  • Reduce costs
  • Increase sales.

How can I Apply?

Contact our team to discuss your particular business needs and find out how the FUSION programme could help you. 

If you are eligible for support, one of our FUSION consultants will arrange a meeting to understand your particular needs in more detail. You can find more detail in the how it works section.

Additional Information

  • To find out how FUSION has helped other companies, view further videos below or click on Companies we have helped.
  • Why not view our other supports that may also be of some assistance for you.