SERC calls for firms to apply for £5,000 Innovation Voucher

South Eastern Regional College is calling for applications from local businesses and entrepreneurs to avail of a £5,000 Innovation Voucher by Friday, April 30, closing at 3pm.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:37 pm
Elaine Flynn, Commercial Contacts Manager, South Eastern Regional College is calling for applications from local businesses and entrepreneurs to avail of a £5,000 Innovation Voucher

This voucher will allow clients to work with a public sector knowledge provider for example, a University, College or Institute of Technology (NI and ROI) on an innovation project. 

Karen McClure from SERC’s Business Services team said: “Typical projects we support include helping to create or improve products, services or processes; access to specialist expertise in new materials or tapping into research and scientific expertise. During the past year we have supported a number of businesses to move their products online, so they have been able to continue during periods of lockdown.”

Applications are welcome for projects that might help alleviate issues that businesses are facing as a result of Covid-19. 

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Innovation Vouchers are open to Northern Ireland based small and medium sized enterprises, social enterprises and third sector organisations. This includes sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, new start-ups and those business art pre-trading stage.

The current phase of the Innovation Vouchers Programme was launched in May 2020. It effectively started with a ‘clean slate’ so all applicants from May 2020 start afresh and can avail of three vouchers in the next five-year period (one voucher at a time). The first voucher is funded at 100% of the project cost to max £5000 and customers pay the VAT.

For information contact Karen McClure: 078 8443 2445, [email protected] Visit

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