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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

  • Northern Ireland 10th in Global Open Data Index

    Northern Ireland has been rated 10th out of 94 countries in this year's Global Open Data Index, published by the Open Knowledge Foundation. This is the first time that Northern Ireland has been measured separately from the rest of the UK. The Index was created out of a need for [...]

  • First Derivatives to work with NASA on AI space project

    Global technology specialist company First Derivatives is to use its Kx Technology in a project with the SETI Institute and NASA Frontier Development Lab to apply AI to solve space related challenges. Kx technology will provide the analytics capability in partnership with Lockheed Martin and IBM on one of NASA Frontier [...]

  • Rod Hardeman awarded MBE for services to NI economy

    Dr Rob Hardeman, Acting Chair of MATRIX, the  NI Science Industry Panel, has been awarded an MBE for his services to the Advanced Manufacturing, Materials and Engineering Sector in Northern Ireland. Dr. Hardeman led the MATRIX 2016 Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering study and is currently implementing the recommendations from [...]

  • Royal Academy of Engineering launches SME Leaders programme

    The RAE has opened its SME Leaders programme to applications. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 4 July 2017. The programme (delivered by the Academy's Enterprise Hub) will support promising leaders of high growth engineering SMEs. The RAE aims to support development of leadership skills, through four main channels: Training courses, [...]

  • App Attic makes the 2017 Disrupt 100 list

    Northern Ireland app and tech development company App Attic has been named in the Disrupt 100 list for 2017. Disrupt 100 celebrates the businesses with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets. The list is compiled and curated by the world’s leading entrepreneurs, investors and business people. AppAttic uses innovative [...]

  • Superman prequel will be first production for Belfast Harbour Studios

    The first production to be housed in the new Belfast Harbour Studios has been announced. The Superman prequel series, KRYPTON, a one-hour series from Phantom Four in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television for the SYFY channel, will commence pre-production in Belfast this month with a shoot date of late [...]

Northern Ireland 10th in Global Open Data Index

Northern Ireland has been rated 10th out of 94 countries in this year's Global Open Data Index, published by the Open Knowledge Foundation. This is [...]

First Derivatives to work with NASA on AI space project

Global technology specialist company First Derivatives is to use its Kx Technology in a project with the SETI Institute and NASA Frontier Development Lab to apply [...]

Rod Hardeman awarded MBE for services to NI economy

Dr Rob Hardeman, Acting Chair of MATRIX, the  NI Science Industry Panel, has been awarded an MBE for his services to the Advanced Manufacturing, Materials [...]

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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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AMME 2016 Report

Our Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering (AMME) report was launched November 2016 and we are now working on an implementation plan to address its recommendations.

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The library

We have curated an online collection of reports we have used for reference and research, representing some of the best and most relevant literature available.

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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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Improving the management of digital government

This report draws on 30 interviews with senior digital and policy officials across Whitehall and the public sector, and vendors to government. It focuses on the role of the Government Digital Service (GDS) in creating a framework for digital government that is successful, and assesses how GDS is performing in that role.

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The Digital Powerhouse

This report maps out how the North of England can better engage with its tech clusters, drawing on respective expertise and innovation in order to provide solutions for smart cities and digitise industry strengths.

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Digital Entrepreneurship

This document is intended to complement the European Digital City Index (EDCi), an online tool which compares the receptiveness of different European cities for digital entrepreneurship.

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.

See all live SBRIS

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