• Invest NI launches Digital ICT Collaborative Network Call

    Invest NI launches Digital ICT Collaborative Network Call

    Invest NI has launched a Digital ICT Collaborative Network Call which will offer up to £250,000 funding to industry-led networks that would like support to co-ordinate and scope out innovative, collaborative projects. Following on from the publication of the Matrix Digital ICT report, Invest NI has identified medium to long [...]

  • Scotland’s new rules could transform public sector procurement

    Scotland’s new rules could transform public sector procurement

    Scotland’s new procurement rules will support transformation in public sector procurement and become an agent for social and economic change, according to the woman in charge of Scotland’s centre of procurement expertise for local government. Julie Welsh, director of Scotland Excel, believes that the introduction this week of the Public [...]

  • Tech Nation 2016 – Belfast established as leading digital cluster

    Tech Nation 2016 – Belfast established as leading digital cluster

    The 2016 Tech Nation report says Digital Tech Industries now contribute 5.4% GVA to Northern Ireland's economy - the second highest proportion in the UK. Read Tech Nation 2016 Belfast is Northern Ireland’s leading digital technology cluster, with specialisms in app & software development, e-commerce & marketplace, and digital media & entertainment. It is also seeing significant developments in [...]

  • Innovate UK launches new delivery plan

    Innovate UK launches new delivery plan

    Innovate UK has published its delivery plan for the year 2016/17 outlining its intentions  to promote and accelerate business innovation and to drive and support economic growth across the whole of the UK. This is Innovate UK's first delivery plan in the new Spending Review period, and marks some significant changes in the way it [...]

  • New Digital Catapult centre for Northern Ireland

    New Digital Catapult centre for Northern Ireland

    Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell has announced that Northern Ireland has been appointed as a new centre for the UK Digital Catapult. The UK Digital Catapult helps businesses in developing breakthroughs for the UK’s data sharing movement. The new centre will be based within the Northern Ireland Science [...]

  • Matrix Digital ICT Report launched at Stormont

    Matrix Digital ICT Report launched at Stormont

    The 2016 MATRIX Digital ICT Foresight Report says the whole Northern Ireland economy will benefit greatly over the coming decades from continued investment in Digital ICT. Download the 2016 Matrix Digital ICT Executive Summary Download the full 2016 Matrix Digital ICT Report The report, which was launched on the 29th [...]

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

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.

Invest NI launches Digital ICT Collaborative Network Call

May 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Invest NI has launched a Digital ICT Collaborative Network Call which will offer up to £250,000 funding to industry-led networks that would like support to co-ordinate and scope out innovative, collaborative projects. Following on from [...]

Scotland’s new rules could transform public sector procurement

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Scotland’s new procurement rules will support transformation in public sector procurement and become an agent for social and economic change, according to the woman in charge of Scotland’s centre of procurement expertise for local government. [...]

Tech Nation 2016 – Belfast established as leading digital cluster

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

The 2016 Tech Nation report says Digital Tech Industries now contribute 5.4% GVA to Northern Ireland's economy - the second highest proportion in the UK. Read Tech Nation 2016 Belfast is Northern Ireland’s leading digital technology cluster, with specialisms in app [...]

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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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