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I4MS Digital Innovation Hub

What is it?

Irish Manufacturing Research is part of a select EU network of I4MS – Regional Manufacturing Digital Innovation Hubs that provide a one-stop-shop for manufacturing companies to access all of the supports they need to become ready for the next generation of digital manufacturing.  We provide information and support to manufacturing SMEs from:

  • Access to key research capacity and skills in Ireland and across Europe
  • Access to Competence Centres across Europe and Ireland
  • Access and support in accessing public and private funding
  • Connectivity to networks of manufacturing companies (SMEs and multinational)
  • Best known methods and case-studies
  • Technology roadmaps and frontier technologies
  • Integration into EU consortia and funding programs
  • Access to experimental facilities
  • Connectivity to national funding bodies and authorities


I4MS (Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) is one of the largest European Commission investment programmes in Research and Innovation.

“Led by Commissioner Oettinger, in April 2016 the European Commission has published its communication on “Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market ”. The overall objective of this European strategy for digitising industry is to ensure that any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change. This requires not only a dynamic digital sector in Europe but also the full integration of digital innovations across all sectors of the economy. The DEI strategy is based on an ambitious collective effort involving public and private stakeholders across Europe at regional, national and EU level.

To bring the benefits of digital innovation to every industry, the Commission will invest in digital innovation hubs. Hubs are based on competence centres located in technical universities or research organisations. They will provide companies, in particular SMEs, with access to facilities for experimenting and testing digital innovation. They will also supply advice on potential sources of financing and support industry in digital upskilling training. EU support is used to leverage much higher investments in these hubs by Member States and regions and of co-financing by industry.”

Irish Manufacturing Research is connected with the I4MS – BEinCPPS programme specialising in Industry 4.0 CPS-IoT (Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things).

How do I learn more and get involved?

Contact us today, whether you are a manufacturing SME, multinational, funding body, trade association, solution provider or otherwise interested in the future of manufacturing and we’ll get you connected.

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