Co-Innovate Programme

Each year we support businesses from the eligible regions to actively recruit up to 40 Project Associates from within Renewables, Life and Health Sciences, AgriFood & Tech, ICT, Manufacturing and Tradable Services disciplines.

The EU INTERREG VA funded Co-Innovate Programme will facilitate 80 cross border research and innovation linkages between SME and Higher Education Institutes. Each of these academic and business partnerships will identify a unique innovative project that will be specific to the SMEs needs.

The job roles vary from business to business; but the focus is on supporting the main management team to create and develop technologically innovative and commercially viable products and services. The job roles are for a twelve-month period and it is anticipated that the company will provide opportunities for progression to enhance your career development.

Another advantage of the EU’s Co-Innovate Programme is that no matter what time of year you are reading this, we are always on the lookout for good Project Associates.

All jobs advertised have different criteria however you must have a degree or diploma which matches the criteria of the position being advertised. If you have relevant previous experience in the industry that can also be an advantage.

What’s in it for YOU

  • Salary up to €40,000 co-funded up to 50% by Co-Innovate Programme.
  • Travel and subsistence to achieve project rollout in association with your academic lead.
  • Opportunity to work as Project Manager reporting directly to the Senior Management Team within the company.
  • Exposure to all departments of an SME and receive a holistic overview of the company.
  • On completion of the successful project it is envisaged that there may be opportunities for full time employment within the company.

Academic Support

All our Project Associates get at least two days per month support to include mentoring, coaching and overall guidance on project delivery from a leading relevant university or college. The academic mentor is there to help and support you throughout the twelve months, providing advice and guidance, access to research papers and use of facilities.

Next Steps

If you want to gain the confidence to think independently, showcase your entrepreneurial flair, create new opportunities and develop your career then visit to view current vacancies or to register your interest.

This project has been supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, managed by the special EU programmes body (SEUPB). Match-funding for the project has also been provided by the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland.


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