• From Game of Thrones to gaming: how Northern Ireland became a creative hub

    From Game of Thrones to gaming: how Northern Ireland became a creative hub

    Game of Thrones now contributes £30m a year to the Northern Irish economy, but, thanks to the work of Northern Ireland Screen, the creative industries’ growth in the region goes way beyond just one TV show. Creative Review's Eliza Williams talk to CEO Richard Williams about attracting creative talent and [...]

  • US Investor aPriori Technologies Welcomed to Northern Ireland

    US Investor aPriori Technologies Welcomed to Northern Ireland

    Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has announced US business aPriori Technologies is establishing a 15 strong technology team in Belfast to support its growth. Headquartered in Concord Massachusetts, the company offers major manufacturers software solutions which provide real-time insight into the manufacturability and cost of the products they develop. Its [...]

  • Irish film industry in the spotlight

    Irish film industry in the spotlight

    Film production is taking a starring role on both sides of the border, bringing with it investment in infrastructure and a demand for skilled finance professionals. These are heady days for the Irish film industry. Brooklyn, partly filmed in Ireland and based on the novel by Colm Tóibín, was nominated [...]

  • Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering Report launched

    Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering Report launched

    The 2016 MATRIX Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering (AMME) Report says that innovative engineering and manufacturing businesses across Northern Ireland have the potential to transform the economy. AMME Executive Summary AMME Full Report Case Studies The AMME sector is export and R&D intensive and includes sectors such as aerospace, polymers [...]

  • Two NI entrepreneurs among Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation winners

    Two NI entrepreneurs among Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation winners

    Christine Boyle of solar company Senergy Innovations and Dr Rachel Gawley of healthcare apps company AppAttic were among 15 winners in Innovate UK's ‘infocus’ competition for Women in Innovation, announced at an award ceremony held at London’s Royal Society of Arts. The winners come from a variety of sectors including health, nuclear energy, transport [...]

  • NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 – Review by Rob Grundy

    NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 – Review by Rob Grundy

    Last month MATRIX panellist Dr. Robert Grundy attended the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 in order to understand drivers of innovation in the English NHS and learn more about different initiatives and approaches to innovation that could be applied to the Life and Health Sciences sector in Northern Ireland. [...]

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 Northern Ireland 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

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 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 chaired by Brian Keating, Managing Partner of CIP Partnership and visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster, while the Deputy Chairs are Norman Apsley, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park and Dr. Rob Hardeman. 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

Current work

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 two Horizon reports and developing a library of reports that we have produced and others that the panel and secretariat have selected from other bodies.

The 2016 AMME Report

Launched 29th November

Using the Delphi Method

for the first time

in a MATRIX report

Now available

to download

Creative Technology

Creative Technology

Matrix is about to embark on 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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AMME 2016 Report

Our Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering (AMME) report was launched on the 29th November and represents our most comprehensive report on AMME in NI to date.

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The library

An online collection of reports we have used for reference and research.

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Latest news

The MATRIX website is the home of Northern Ireland R&D, science and technology news.

From Game of Thrones to gaming: how Northern Ireland became a creative hub

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Game of Thrones now contributes £30m a year to the Northern Irish economy, but, thanks to the work of Northern Ireland Screen, the creative industries’ growth in the region goes way beyond just one TV [...]

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US Investor aPriori Technologies Welcomed to Northern Ireland

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has announced US business aPriori Technologies is establishing a 15 strong technology team in Belfast to support its growth. Headquartered in Concord Massachusetts, the company offers major manufacturers software solutions [...]

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Irish film industry in the spotlight

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Film production is taking a starring role on both sides of the border, bringing with it investment in infrastructure and a demand for skilled finance professionals. These are heady days for the Irish film industry. [...]

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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).

Listed below are all live SBRIs.

Oct
14
Fri
£450k SBRI: Using technology to improve dermatology
Oct 14 2016 @ 3:40 pm – Jan 11 2017 @ 5:00 pm

NHS Scotland, in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise, will fund up to £450,000 for innovative technology and digital platforms that improve dermatology care.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim is to develop technology that will improve diagnosis and ongoing management of skin conditions.

The competition is looking for proposals that:

  • help patients manage their health from home
  • free up clinic appointment times for those patients who need a longer consultation with a dermatologist
  • minimise the time consultants spend on administrative tasks

Industry partners such as local government, third and independent sectors, can carry out the project on their own or with others.

This competition has 2 phases. Up to £150,000 is allocated for phase 1, and up to £300,000 for phase 2:

  • phase 1: technical feasibility. Projects should last up to 6 months. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £30,000 each.
  • phase 2: development and evaluation. Projects should last up to 1 year. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £150,000 each.

The competition opens on 14 November 2016.

You must register before midday (12.00pm) on 4 January 2017.

You must apply before midday (12.00pm) on 11 January 2017.

Register to attend the briefing event by emailing Ashley.Riley@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk by midday (12.00pm) on 23 November 2016.

Register and apply online. (The link will be live once the competition opens)

Oct
17
Mon
£25m SBRI: Vaccines for global epidemics – preclinical
Oct 17 2016 @ 3:54 pm – Jan 4 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Organisations can apply for a share of £25 million to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases.

The Department of Health is to invest up to £25 million in projects to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases.

This competition aims to support the preclinical development of candidate vaccines against 12 diseases. The UK Vaccine Network has identified these diseases as a priority as they have the potential to cause epidemics in low and middle-income countries.

The competition has two stages:

  • Stage 1: exploring the scientific, technical and commercial feasibility of candidate vaccines and vaccine technologies. We expect projects to last for up to 12 months
  • Stage 2: carrying out late stage preclinical and early clinical work, based on the results of Stage 1. We expect projects to last for up to 24 months

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council. It is open to organisations of all sizes. Academic, industry and government bodies may all apply for funding.

The competition opens on 17 October 2016.

You must register before midday (12.00pm) on 21 December 2016.

You must apply before midday (12.00pm) on 4 January 2017.

Nov
4
Fri
£5m SBRI: Advanced nuclear manufacturing and materials
Nov 4 2016 @ 3:34 pm – Jan 18 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to invest up to £5 million in projects to develop innovative manufacturing and materials technologies for the civil nuclear sector.

The aim of this competition is to establish an innovative R&D base for materials and manufacturing. This will support a strong UK nuclear supply chain.

Proposals should address one of the following themes. Allocated budgets are shown in brackets:

  1. nuclear structural materials (£1.5 million)
  2. mechanisation and automation of component manufacture (£1.9 million)
  3. large scale component manufacture and assembly (£1.1 million)
  4. pre-fabricated module development and verification (£200,000)
  5. design codes and standards (£300,000)

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK. It is open to organisations of all sizes.

The competition consists of 2 stages for themes 1 to 3. For themes 4 and 5, the competition will be single stage and applicants will move directly to stage 2.

  • stage 1: technical feasibility studies. For themes 1 to 3, these will last up to 3 months. Contracts are worth up to £25,000. For themes 4 and 5, technical feasibility studies will last up to 24 months. Contracts are worth up to £200,000 for theme 4 and £300,000 for theme 5
  • stage 2: development contracts. These will last up to 20 months. Contracts are worth up to £1.9 million

In total, we have allocated up to £800,000 for stage 1 and up to £4.2 million for stage 2.

The competition opens on 7 November 2016.

You must register before midday (12.00pm) on 11 January 2017.

You must apply before midday (12.00pm) on 18 January 2017.

Attend the briefing event in London on 17 November 2016.

 

Nov
7
Mon
£2.4m Funding competition: Urban innovation in Brazil
Nov 7 2016 @ 3:38 pm – May 3 2017 @ 4:38 pm

Innovate UK is investing up to £2.4 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to improve cities in Brazil.

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and Brazil. Innovate UK and the Brazilian government are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.

Projects should address one or more of the following urban challenges:

  • the governance of urban systems
  • urban infrastructure
  • sustainable urban environments

We expect total UK project costs of between £200,000 to £500,000, giving rise to total UK grant of approximately £350,000. Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.

If you are a UK business, you can carry out the project as the only UK partner or you can work with others. However, at least one partner must be Brazilian. A UK business must lead the project.

The competition opens on 7 November 2016.

You must register before noon on 26 April 2017.

You must apply before noon on 3 May 2017.

Attend the briefing event on Monday 14 November 2016 at 15.30pm by webinar using the password: Newton.

£500k SBRI: Managing sickness absence
Nov 7 @ 3:52 pm – Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm

Businesses and organisations can apply for a share of £500,000 to develop solutions that will help SMEs manage short-term sickness absence.

The cross-government Work and Health Unit is running a competition to find new ways of supporting small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to manage sickness absence at an early stage.

As well as improving individual wellbeing, we know that addressing sickness absence offers economic benefits for businesses, employees and the state.

We are keen to look at innovative proposals from those who know best what works for SMEs, and will offer businesses with the most promising solutions a government contract to develop their product or service.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK.

Competition information

This competition is open now.

The submission deadline is 5pm on 16 December 2016.

Any organisation can apply although the competition is particularly suited to SMEs.

We expect the Phase 1 contract value to be up to £60,000.

We expect the Phase 2 contract value to be up to £100,000.

Consortia may apply but one organisation must act as the lead applicant.

Nov
21
Mon
£15m Funding competition: Manufacturing and materials round 2
Nov 21 2016 @ 3:47 pm – Jan 25 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. We will fund projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £50,000 to £2 million. Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years.

A business must lead the project. Projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects longer than 12 months or with costs of £100,000 or more must involve working with other partners.

There are two options to apply into this competition. These are dependent on the size and length of your project and are referred to as streams. Stream 1 is for projects under 12 months and under £100,000. Stream 2 is for projects over 12 months or over £100,000.

The competition opens on 21 November 2016.

You must register before midday (12.00pm) on 18 January 2017. The registration link will be available once the competition opens.

You must apply before midday (12.00pm) on 25 January 2017.

Attend the briefing event in London on 23 November 2016 or via webinar

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