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A panel of business led panel of experts, advising government, industry and academia on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.

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The MATRIX website is home to the latest Northern Ireland science & technology news, the most relevant reports and of course our own studies on Northern Ireland’s tech sectors and how best to grow them.

Latest Science & Technology News

  • Ulster University one of eight UK universities in major data science partnership with the BBC

    Ulster University has been announced as one of just eight UK universities to form a major five-year research partnership with BBC Research and Development to unlock the potential of data analysis in the media. The Data Science Research Partnership will be at the forefront of machine learning in the media [...]

  • CreativeXR – Digital Catapult innovation support programme

    Digital innovators from across Northern Ireland came to Belfast, this week, to hear about the new innovation support programme, CreativeXR, designed to unlock the creative potential of immersive content. The event, hosted by Digital Catapult NI, in partnership with Immersive Tech NI, was designed to explain more about the three-month [...]

  • Creative Technology

    Bazalgette review sets recommendations for continued growth of UK’s Creative Industries

    The UK’s booming creative industries could be worth £128.4 billion to the UK economy by 2025 and help to create up to 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to an independent review of the sector which has just been published. The review commissioned by the government and led by the current [...]

  • Big Motive creates Pandemic App for BBC

    Belfast based innovation and design studio Big Motive has designed the user experience for the BBC Pandemic Mobile app. The app, which launches today is a life-saving tool that will be used to measure the spread of a digital “pathogen” as it infects people across the UK. The app will ask volunteers [...]

  • Belfast to host major international composites conference

    Belfast is set to host a major international conference in 2021, after fending off competition from Venice, New Orleans and Lausanne in Switzerland. Held every two years, the International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM) is the biggest conference in the field of composites globally, and will bring up to 2,000 [...]

  • MATRIX workshop dates for Creative Technologies – register now

    MATRIX is looking for UX designers, Film makers, animators, games & apps developers as well as anyone involved in VR or AR to have their say on how their industry can best be supported in Northern Ireland. We are holding two events in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry - please note you must [...]

Ulster University one of eight UK universities in major data science partnership with the BBC

Ulster University has been announced as one of just eight UK universities to form a major five-year research partnership with BBC Research and Development to [...]

CreativeXR – Digital Catapult innovation support programme

Digital innovators from across Northern Ireland came to Belfast, this week, to hear about the new innovation support programme, CreativeXR, designed to unlock the creative [...]

Bazalgette review sets recommendations for continued growth of UK’s Creative Industries

The UK’s booming creative industries could be worth £128.4 billion to the UK economy by 2025 and help to create up to 1 million new [...]

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What is Matrix?

MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is a business led expert panel, formed primarily to advise government, industry and academia on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.

We produce regular, in depth reports which outline the work, findings and recommendations of our specialist panels. These reports are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how new technologies and market opportunities can be developed within the Northern Ireland economy and beyond.

Find out more about our reports

What we do

Our role

We advise government, industry and academia on the potential for commercial exploitation of R&D and science & technology for the NI economy.

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Our impact

Our recommendations have influenced the development of key strategies such as the Programme for Government and the Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy.

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Our partners

We work in partnership with a wide range of professional organisations, all working together to help build a sustainable economy in Northern Ireland.

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STEM

STEM Charter

We first highlighted the importance of innovation, research and development in Northern Ireland’s STEM industries in 2008 and we’ve been promoting it ever since.

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The Northern Ireland Innovation Dashboard

This unique dashboard gives a summary of Northern Ireland’s innovation performance across six key innovation indicators:

  • Innovation

  • R&D Spend

  • R&D Funding

  • Skills & Higher Education

  • Entrepreneurship

  • The Knowledge Economy

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Introducing....

The latest publication of the Northern Ireland Innovation Dashboard

A summary of Northern Ireland’s innovation performance....

....across six key innovation indicators.

The most up to date statistics...

...showing progress against the four goals of the Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy.

The Northern Ireland Executive has set an ambitious target.....

They want us to be in the top four of the 12 UK regions by 2025.

Increasing our R&D Spend....

Doubling our baseline figure of £616m in 2012 to £1.2bn in 2025.

Increasing the number of jobs in the Knowledge Economy....

....from 35,777 to 58,000 by the year 2025.

So how are we doing?

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The MATRIX Panel

We have a main panel of twelve business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in the Department for the Economy. The panel is currently Dr. Rob Hardeman and the Deputy Chair is Norman Apsley. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact) at Ulster University and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

Find out more about the panel

Our current projects

MATRIX has a robust programme of work in place, from our main Horizon panel reports to smaller reports and ‘thought pieces’ for government and strategic bodies. We are currently working on several short reports on topics such as creative technologies, AI and Women in STEM.

Creative Technology

Creative Technology

Matrix is currently undertaking a short study into the interface between technology and creativity, following one of the supporting recommendations from the 2016 Digital ICT report.

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Artificial Intelligence

MATRIX is conducting a short scoping study of Northern Ireland’s capability in AI, led by Dr Rob Hardeman, MATRIX Chair, and Tom Gray, Director of the NI Digital Catapult.

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Women in STEM

We are currently examining how to tackle the shortage of women in STEM. If we can encourage women into STEM and ensure they remain in the skills pipeline, we could go a long way to solving skills shortages.

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The library

This library is a collection of documents that the MATRIX panel and secretariat have used in their research. If you are looking for reports that MATRIX has produced, please visit our Reports section. The most recent additions to the library are here – if you want to see the full collection, arranged by topic, please visit the library section.

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Creative Hubs: Understanding the New Economy

This British Council report has been commissioned to better understand the diverse value, processes and motivations of creative hubs and in doing so, analyse how best to support and stimulate the wider creative economy they are rooted in, particularly in times of political and financial uncertainty.

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The Geography of Creativity in the UK

This report – a collaboration between Nesta and Creative England – reveals hotspots of creative activity in all nations and regions of the UK, and produces data that economic development agencies and policymakers charged with promoting business growth can use when setting strategic priorities.

Live SBRIs

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) connects public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry, supporting companies to generate economic growth and enabling improvement in achieving government objectives.

SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector and generates new business opportunities for companies, providing SMEs with a route to market for their ideas and bridging the seed funding gap experienced by many early stage companies. It supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services through the public procurement of research and development (R&D).

All of the current and forthcoming funding competitions run by Innovate UK are published on the GOV.UK website.

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