EIP scheme now CLOSED for applications.
The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) scheme is designed to bring together expertise such as advisers, researchers and businesses to work in partnership with farmers to develop practical solutions to address a particular problem or opportunity for the agri-food industry. The scheme is being delivered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) which will award funding to successful groups for the implementation of their projects. The scheme is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and DAERA.

What funding is available?

Funding is available in 2 stages. Initial Stage 1 funding of £4987 is available to help bring together expertise as Operational Groups to consider how to develop practical solutions to a particular problem or opportunity facing farmers. This money will help the group pay for someone to help them develop their project plan and support electronic communications as people seek to minimise the potential for the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) through face-to-face meetings. Applicants that are successful at Stage 1 will then be able to apply for further funding of up to £120,000 to help them continue to work together on a project which develops and tests their ideas.

There will also be capital funding of up to £30,000 available for capital expenditure which is paid at a grant rate of 50%.

Who can apply for funding?

Applications must be made by a collaboration of at least two people from different organisations based in Northern Ireland who will work together as an Operational Group. One of the applicants must be from a farm business with a Category 1 DAERA Business Number.
Operational Groups bring together partners with complementary knowledge but the composition of the group can vary according to the theme and specific objectives of each project.

When will the scheme open and close?

The scheme opened for stage 1 applications on Monday 30 March and will close at 4pm on Monday 27 April 2020. 

How can I find out more?

To find out more detailed information about the scheme and how to apply, please visit the CAFRE website.

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