Aims & Objectives

The GIFT project is an instrument to establish a cross border innovation forum to grow a sustainable “green economy” in Wales and Ireland.  GIFT will bring together and upskill Welsh and Irish enterprises, public sector and academic institutions.

Stakeholder knowledge and skills will develop through collaborative business-led projects, a skills programme developed for business’ needs, on-line forum/smart working & network events.  GIFT will catalyse business growth, strengthen participants’ job-readiness & promote broad understanding of the green economy.

The project operates under 4 themes:

  • Knowledge Economy
  • Green Tourism
  • Green Technology
  • Waste Management

Dissemination of findings & learning will be a key element of the initiative, including case studies, a website, regular meetings or e-events and an annual learning & showcase event including business-judged excellence awards in each project theme.

Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Bangor University LP 723,956 1,316,284
Waterford Institute of Technology 347,615 632,028
University College Dublin 72,234 131,335
Total 1,143,805 2,079,647

Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:

Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow

Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Flintshire, Wrexham


Name Organisation Email Telephone
Dr. G H Griffiths - Director of Postgraduate Programmes Business and Management, Bangor Business School, Bangor University, LL57 2DG