Exploring Research Grant

The information provided in the table below is a high-level summary of the Exploring Research support measure.  Interested applicants should read the full Incentive Guidelines which may be downloaded further down.


Scheme Title Exploring Research Grant
Version 1.0
Published on 16th January 2024

Research & Development initiatives address uncertainty thus undertaking a feasibility of the research before committing to the investment could help minimize risk. 

A Feasibility Study will help the enterprise identify the technical, operational and commercial risks linked to the project, establish what resources are required to implement the project and what is already available and accessible. 

Conducting the study can also help businesses determine the commercial potential of the products and services that might result from the research activity, enabling them to take a more knowledgeable decision on the financial risk of the envisaged project.

  • Types of enterprise: limited liability companies, partnerships and cooperatives
  • Applicants must not be defaulting on Income Tax, VAT and Social Security payments
  • Applicants must not be considered Undertakings in Difficulty
Type of Aid Grant of up to €100,000
Eligible Costs
  • Wage Costs
  • Contractual research, technical knowledge, and patents
  • Other operating expenses
Application Deadline 30th October 2026
Application Submission

Applications must be submitted through the Corporation’s client portal which may be accessed here.  The application form below is for reference purposes only - the latest applicable version will always be avaialble on the client portal.

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The guidelines are being published for information purposes only.