EU Funded Programmes

IT Carlow has been the beneficiary of a number of EU funded projects and plays a major part in pursuing and supporting EU and Cross Border Development Initiatives.  It has partnered with organisations and facilities globally, opening up development opportunities and funding new research.


BUCANIER (Building Clusters and Networks in Innovation, Enterprise and Research) project is a new €2.9 million EU-funded scheme to support small businesses in Ireland and Wales. 

BUCANIER is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Ireland-Wales cooperation programme, which is helping to strengthen economic links and collaboration between the two countries.

IT Carlow are joining forces with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Wexford County Council, Swansea University and Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire County Councils in Wales to help boost trade and provide specialist support to help small businesses design and develop new products and services.

The project will work in key growth sectors of the Welsh and Irish economies, including food and drink, life sciences and renewable energy and approximately 120 Welsh and Irish businesses are expected to benefit from the BUCANIER project over the next three years. 

IT Carlow and its partners will also offer innovation master-classes, business mentoring and create new networks between Wales and Ireland, aimed at helping businesses in the same sectors share knowledge, increase cross-border trade and create new jobs.

European Union Ambient Assisted Living Programme (AAL)

The core of the AAL Joint Programme is to provide innovative and financially sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based solutions for elderly persons, which means innovative products, systems or services, addressing identified wishes and the needs of the end-users.  The programme aims to address social isolation and reduce loneliness by bridging distances, facilitating interaction and communication, thus enabling people to live in their preferred environment as long as possible.

It addresses social interaction with a focus on the cognitive, psycho-social and cultural aspects and aims to create better conditions for older adults and strengthen industrial opportunities in Europe through the use of ICT.  For further information clickhere>>

EU-Canada Programme

IT Carlow was awarded funding from the EU-Canada Programme for the ‘Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment’ (EBBE) project.  The overall goal of the project is the creation of a transatlantic program of study which will significantly improve energy efficiency skills, knowledge, attitudes and best practice in the built environment. 

The aim of the EU-Canada Programme is to promote mutual understanding between the people of the European Union and Canada including a broader knowledge of their language, culture and institutions and to improve the quality of human resources by facilitating the acquisition of skills required to meet the challenges of the global knowledge-based economy.  For further information clickhere>>


Part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, Grundtvig focuses on education for adults, whether through formal, non-formal or in informal methods such as autonomous learning, community learning or experiential learning.Grundtvig activities are open to any group or institution involved in adult education, from community groups to museums to universities, within the Lifelong Learning Programme countries.

Grundtvig seeks to improve the quality and European dimension of adult education in the broadest sense, and to make lifelong learning opportunities more widely available to Europe’s citizens.  For further information clickhere>>

Inspire Programme

Initiating Pathways for Innovators, Researchers and Entrepreneurs (INSPIRE) is a new project in partnership  with Pembrokeshire County Council, Wales and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-2013, INTERREG 4A, which is designed to encourage partnerships across borders and in doing so stimulate regional development.

The aim of the project is to create an environment to nurture and develop Idea Generation amongst innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and SMEs and to instil the skill sets to bring these ideas to commercialisation and establish viable and sustainable knowledge based enterprises in the South East.  In light of the current economic difficulties, this project will inject a much needed boost into the local economy through the establishment of new enterprises, jobs and assisting existing SMEs with developing new products and services.  For further information  clickhere>>


Coracle was an inclusive programme of cross-border activities improving competitiveness in a commercial landscape and employability for creative practitioners in South East Ireland and South West Wales.  Development of these higher-level skills for the creative and cultural sector is through delivery of short vocational courses, workshops and organisation of exchanges of knowledge and best practice. Some of the substantial project elements are in the areas of youth theatre, visual arts exchanges, literary initiatives and festival development.

The Coracle project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A).