• STEM Courses and Careers Supplement for the Belfast Telegraph September 2016

    STEM Courses and Careers Supplement for the Belfast Telegraph September 2016

    Following on from the successful six STEM supplements over the last 3 years both in the Belfast Telegraph in September 2013, 2014, 2015 and the Irish News & News Letter February 2014, 2015, 2016, Catalyst Inc (formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park) in partnership with Matrix, the NI Science Panel, [...]

  • Irish Academy of Engineering revives the Parsons Medal

    Irish Academy of Engineering revives the Parsons Medal

    The Irish Academy of Engineering has announced the revival of the award of the Parsons Medal and is seeking nominations for the award from engineers or engineering scientists of exceptional ability in research or engineering technology, designated as “The Irish Academy of Engineering Parsons Medal for Engineering Sciences” Background The Parsons Medal commemorates [...]

  • New £80k digital business competition for tourism

    New £80k digital business competition for tourism

    Economy Minister Simon Hamilton today announced a new £80k Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to develop innovative, real time tourism technology solutions. The SBRI competition is seeking technology solutions to encourage visitors to explore more, do more and spend more during their visit to Northern Ireland. The Minister said: [...]

  • DAERA launches £350k research initiative for Mobuoy Road Waste site

    DAERA launches £350k research initiative for Mobuoy Road Waste site

    Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen has officially launched a new £350k Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to encourage and stimulate the development of innovative remediation technologies for the Mobuoy Road waste site and other illegal waste sites. Funding for this SBRI competition has come from the Executive’s Pilot SBRI Challenge [...]

  • Belfast City Council launches Smart Cities competition

    Belfast City Council launches Smart Cities competition

    Belfast City Council has launched an initiative to become a Smart City, looking at new and innovative ways to tackle traditional urban challenges and support the city’s aims and ambitions. The council is working with the Future Cities Catapult and city partners to develop a long-term road map towards a smart Belfast. [...]

  • NI Science Park rebrands as Catalyst Inc in major expansion plan

    NI Science Park rebrands as Catalyst Inc in major expansion plan

    The Northern Ireland Science Park announced its ambitious plans for growth today, including the support of 5,000 additional new jobs and three new buildings, taking the total area to 1m square feet. As part of the expansion the Science Park has rebranded itself as Catalyst Inc - the new name reflecting the [...]

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.

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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

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 panel

We have a main panel of twelve business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in DETI. 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 Seagate’s Dr. Rob Hardeman. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Dr. Joanne Stuart, Citi director John Healey and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

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Current work

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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.

ICT Digital

open data

Our ICT Digital report has just been launched.

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Advanced materials

Our advanced materials project is now underway.

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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.

  • STEM Charter

STEM Courses and Careers Supplement for the Belfast Telegraph September 2016

August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Following on from the successful six STEM supplements over the last 3 years both in the Belfast Telegraph in September 2013, 2014, 2015 and the Irish News & News Letter February 2014, 2015, 2016, Catalyst [...]

Irish Academy of Engineering revives the Parsons Medal

July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

The Irish Academy of Engineering has announced the revival of the award of the Parsons Medal and is seeking nominations for the award from engineers or engineering scientists of exceptional ability in research or engineering technology, designated as [...]

New £80k digital business competition for tourism

July 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton today announced a new £80k Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to develop innovative, real time tourism technology solutions. The SBRI competition is seeking technology solutions to encourage visitors to explore [...]

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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.

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