The Key To Innovation Success

About the FUSION Programme

Product development and innovation is at the heart of growth but often needs costly technology support.  FUSION can provide that support by helping to fund a high calibre science, engineering or technology graduate and partnering you with a third level institution with specific expertise.

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/€58,700 typically in the area of new product/service development

12 month support project - worth £31,000/€41,100 typically in the area of process improvement. 

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Am I eligible?

To qualify for financial support through our FUSION programme, your business must be:

  • A manufacturing or tradable services company, located on the island of Ireland (North or South)
  • Financially viable
  • 2 year trading history
  • Understanding of and capacity for innovation
  • Indigenous to the island of Ireland
  • 5 - 249 full time employees
  • Able to demonstrate the need for InterTradeIreland FUSION technical support
  • Able to demonstrate the capacity and commitment to support a FUSION project at senior management level

More on Fusion Eligibility


  • 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.

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Yes, I want to apply

If this programme is right for you, contact our team to discuss your particular business needs.

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