The funding process
Step 1: Initial assessment
To discuss your particular business needs and find out how the FUSION programme could help you. If you are eligible for support, one of our FUSION consultants will arrange a meeting to understand your particular needs in more detail.
Step 2: Business-Academic Partnership formed
We will work with you to discuss your specific innovation needs and identify potential university or college partners with the expertise that you require.
Note: As FUSION is an all-island programme, the third-level institution which you are partnered with must be based in the opposite jurisdiction to your business.
Step 3: Complete a joint application
Together with your academic partner, you will submit a joint application for support. The application sets out the project plan, objectives, milestones and the support your company needs and the graduate skills/experience you require to help manage the project.
Step 4: Approval
The application will be considered by InterTradeIreland and if approved, you will be notified immediately.
Step 5: Graduate recruitment
You will supply a job description for the graduate position and we will advertise the post on your behalf. Applications are initially shortlisted by InterTradeIreland and then reviewed by you and your academic partner for interview and selection.
As part of the FUSION programme support package, the graduate will be funded by InterTradeIreland to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business and Management.
Step 6: Project Implementation
The InterTradeIreland consultant will assist in co-ordinating the project and overseeing its successful implementation.
Download a copy of our FUSION brochure below.