The ‘InterTradeIreland Horizon 2020 Strategic Action Plan’ was launched at the recent ‘Collaborate to Innovate – Horizon 2020 Opportunity and Support’ conference in Dublin, by The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Republic of Ireland Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Department. It sets out a target to win €175 million in funding from Horizon 2020 – the EU’s new €80 billion Research and Innovation programme and outlines plans to support increased collaboration and cooperation between researchers in business and in academia in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Significant opportunities for NI
Horizon 2020 offers significant opportunities for Northern Ireland companies and academic institutions to engage in ground breaking research and innovation activities on an international basis.
North/South collaboration encouraged
The strong links in research and innovation that exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be capitalised upon. With increased focus and cooperation from both governments, we should remain on track to achieve our target of €175 million of Horizon 2020 funding. Early statistics show that the number of successful collaborations between Northern Ireland and Republic Of Ireland researchers continues to rise and the ‘InterTradeIreland Horizon 2020 Strategic Action Plan’ details actions for cooperation between both jurisdictions which will drive increased success in the arena.
Research funding is high priority<
Governments on both sides of the border have demonstrated that this EU budget is viewed as an important source of research funding. There is also a clear recognition of the unique opportunity that cross-border cooperation offers Northern Ireland and Ireland in achieving ambitious drawdown targets. This year’s conference brought together the support framework from both jurisdictions with potential applicants and interested parties to build on the growing number of successful North/South applications.
Advantages of N/S collaboration
North/South collaboration for EU funding streams has many advantages including no language barrier, proximity for meetings and interaction and close relationships between the key supporting agencies including InterTradeIreland, Enterprise Ireland and Invest NI.
How InterTradeIreland can help
InterTradeIreland is active in facilitating such partnerships through a range of supports. These include travel vouchers, Horizon 2020 Web Portal and App, targeted ‘Focus On’ events and a dedicated web resource providing guidance, advice and housing links to other key websites. Interested parties can access information about the range of supports on offer from InterTradeIreland at http://www.intertradeireland.com/horizon2020/