The UCD Smurfit School of Business have been awarded €450,000 to study how red tape could be slashed for exporters. The business school is looking for Irish firms to participate in the research.

UCD Smurfit school is part of a 16 member consortium awarded a four year €5.4m EU research tender to examine how European businesses interact with  customs and tax authorities.

From their research, they will make policy recommendations on simplifying procedures and increasing collaboration amongst European governments.

The overall goal of the EU's ITAIDE (Information Technology for Administration and Intelligent Design of Goverment) Project is to significantly reduce red tape while increasing the control and security of cross border trade.

Dr Seamas Kelly,a Director at UCD Smurfit school, said that the research team was keen to work with Irish exporters and that they already work with the Government here and Accenture consultants.