• NI Advanced Engineering skills get a further boost

    NI Advanced Engineering skills get a further boost

    A unique partnership between industry, government and research has resulted in a group of engineers receiving specialist training that will enhance Northern Ireland’s skills base in hard metal machining. NIACE, the Northern Ireland Advanced Composite and Engineering Centre, based in Belfast, has formed a strategic partnership with Mills CNC, and [...]

  • Global aerospace companies visit Northern Ireland

    Global aerospace companies visit Northern Ireland

    Seven global aerospace companies were in Northern Ireland last week as part of a visit programme designed to build on Northern Ireland’s reputation for excellence in the aerospace sector. Hosted by Invest Northern Ireland, the UK Civil Aerospace Cluster of companies were briefed about the capabilities of the local aerospace [...]

  • Keady school powers up to win Matrix BTYSTE award

    Keady school powers up to win Matrix BTYSTE award

    St Patrick’s High School, Keady, County Armagh has won the award for ‘Best Northern Ireland School’ as well as ‘BT Northern Ireland Best Project’. Their project, entitled ‘Power Down to Power Up’, was entered in the Social & Behavioural Sciences category at junior level and the group also received 2nd [...]

  • Kieran Hegarty, materials handling & the Tyrone factor

    Kieran Hegarty, materials handling & the Tyrone factor

    A lot has been said and written about the growth and existence of a remarkable cluster of materials handling companies in deepest County Tyrone. But, like a lot of his industry counterparts, Kieran Hegarty reckons there is a pragmatic explanation. “Yes, there’s an engineering tradition around here,” he says from his office at Terex Corporation’s plant on the [...]

  • Life Sciences Sector makes significant contribution to the NI economy

    Life Sciences Sector makes significant contribution to the NI economy

    The Life Sciences are central in helping drive the future growth of Northern Ireland's economy was the message Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell brought to Carrickfergus today. The Minister was speaking as he visited Pollock Lifts who manufacture specialty mobility lifts for wheelchair and disabled access. Minister Bell said: “The Life [...]

  • Chief scientist says Ireland can be innovation leader

    Chief scientist says Ireland can be innovation leader

    The goals outlined in Ireland’s ambitious science strategy are eminently achievable provided that both the state and industry continue funding research, the government’s chief scientific adviser Mark Ferguson has told Dick Ahlstrom. Ferguson advises the Irish government on science strategy and he is also the director-general of the national funding [...]

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

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 is due for publication in late 2015.

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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.

NI Advanced Engineering skills get a further boost

February 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

A unique partnership between industry, government and research has resulted in a group of engineers receiving specialist training that will enhance Northern Ireland’s skills base in hard metal machining. NIACE, the Northern Ireland Advanced Composite [...]

Global aerospace companies visit Northern Ireland

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Seven global aerospace companies were in Northern Ireland last week as part of a visit programme designed to build on Northern Ireland’s reputation for excellence in the aerospace sector. Hosted by Invest Northern Ireland, the [...]

Keady school powers up to win Matrix BTYSTE award

January 15th, 2016|0 Comments

St Patrick’s High School, Keady, County Armagh has won the award for ‘Best Northern Ireland School’ as well as ‘BT Northern Ireland Best Project’. Their project, entitled ‘Power Down to Power Up’, was entered in [...]

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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.

Jan
11
Mon
Schools financial health
Jan 11 – Mar 3 all-day
The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for education and children’s services in England. It works to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.  DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 9 agencies and public bodies.
Good financial health in all schools is critical to good business management and to good outcomes for pupils. The Government has protected funding for schools, which will rise as pupil numbers increase. However, as with other public services, schools will need to take action to improve value for money due to the costs pressures on their budgets.  DfE want to identify a whole sector, long term, and sustainable approach so that schools can meet this challenge. Despite a wealth of information being available to schools, we know that not all schools have the capacity, and/ or skills to manage their finances as effectively as they could, and that there is currently a wide range in the amount and quality of engagement within school leadership teams.
Through this competition, DfE wants to find innovative and practical new ways to engage and enable schools to become more financially efficient, healthy and sustainable. We want to help schools to change the way that they think about and respond to financial health and efficiency, and find practical solutions to enable schools to become more efficient and sustainable.
A total of up to £200,000 (inc. VAT) is allocated to this Phase 2 only competition.  The value of phase 2 development contracts will be for up to £100,000 (inc VAT)  per application and for up to 12 months duration.

Briefing event

DfE intends holding a briefing event for potential applicants in February 2016.  Applicants and potential developers should be willing to participate fully at the event and as the competition progresses.
For further information or to register for the briefing event please contact Ian Everett.
Interested organisations should register their interest in attending the briefing event with DfE by email by no later than 25 January 2016. 

How to apply

All bids should be made using the Application Form; instructions on how to access this document and other competition material are available below.

Key dates

Open date 11 January 2016
Registration date 24 February 2016 12.00 noon
Close date 3 March 201612.00 noon

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Upcoming events

Mar
15
Tue
Find out how to access Research and Development Funds @ Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

There has never been a better time to develop new products or services. There are significant funds available from many sources for the right project.

At this event you will hear from Andrea Conte from the European Commission on the significant funding channels available and how applying for them, is not as difficult as many think!

You will hear about local support from Northern Ireland and the variety of funding available, suitable for businesses of all sizes.

So if you are ambitious for your company and want to take the first step to producing a new innovative product or service you should attend.

R&D is not complicated – it is just the process of developing new or better products and services.

Register here to secure your place at this event.