Through its membership and sponsorship of industry awards and industry events, the IEDR provides a modest level of financial support to the local internet community.

We regularly sponsor award ceremonies that celebrate best practice within the Irish internet industry. These include the Retail Excellence Awards, the Small Firms Association (SFA) Awards, the BoI Start-up Awards, the Web Awards and the SME Awards and we are proud to have been the headline sponsor of the Dot IE Net Visionary Awards for the last seven years. We are also always delighted to acknowledge the excellent work undertaken by students when we sponsor the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

We continue to build and strengthen relationships with key SME and micro-enterprise representative bodies such as the Local Enterprise Offices, Chambers Ireland, the SFA and Startup Ireland. By working with these groups, IEDR can engage with their networks to promote the usage and uptake of .ie domains amongst their members.In recent years we have also established a presence at a number of industry specific events designed to help and educate Irish SMEs. These events include Digital DNA, Showcase Ireland and the Hardware Association of Ireland National Conference.

In 2011 we established the IEDR e-Commerce Website Development Fund (OPTIMISE), aimed at micro, small and medium Irish enterprises. To date, the Fund has offered 90 .ie website owners practical consultation and the implementation of e-commerce facilities to their websites. In 2017 we revamped OPTIMISE and formed a partnership with the Design & Craft Council of Ireland (DCCoI) to conduct a detailed online audit of selected DCCoI member websites. This will include an assessment of the entire brand, customer service and logistics elements of the online consumer experience.

In 2015 a Strategic Development Fund was established to finance a set of promotion, marketing and customer service initiatives to meet the strategic objectives and priorities of expansion and protection of the .ie namespace.

We also continue to publish of two key bi-annual reports – the dot ie Digital Health Index and the Domain Profile Report. The Domain Profile Report illustrates the key trends and statistics in .ie domain registrations over time and examines the entire database of .ie domains while also measuring the growth in registrations at regional and county levels over time. The Digital Health Index is calculated from research data collected from multiple surveys of Irish SMEs and micro enterprises and investigates and analyses the digital assets owned and used by Irish businesses. The research also investigates digital health in key areas, such as the capability of SME websites; SMEs’ use of social media; SMEs’ attitudes to web development and professional web developers; SMEs’ perception of their competitors and their use of digital assets; and, the ongoing issue of offline SMEs.