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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

  • EPSRC announces £138m investment in research-business partnerships

    Two major investments in research partnerships that will strengthen the links between the UK's research base, industry and business partners were announced last week by Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science. Both investments show the pivotal importance of engineering and the physical sciences to the country's continued development as [...]

  • #CultureisDigital launched to encourage digital conversation

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched #CultureisDigital, a conversation between government, the cultural sector and tech companies. As part of the department’s commitment to review the digitisation of its public collections and cultural offering, the project will analyse how culture and digital technology can collaborate to [...]

  • SBRI funding for gestational diabetes healthcare projects

    Could you develop technology solutions to better support diabetic pregnant women? The Department of Health and Department for Economy in Northern Ireland have launched a new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition, under the title "Project 'GEMS' - Gestational, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Empowering Mothers through Mobile Technologies". The competition [...]

  • Robotics and AI – driving the UK’s industrial strategy

    Robotics and artificial intelligence have the potential to transform the UK’s industry, economy and workplaces. Professor Guang-Zhong Yang CBE FREng, Director and Co-founder of The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London and Chair of the UK-RAS Network, sets out how investment in these areas could improve innovation [...]

  • Almac Group scoops top prize at Made in the UK Awards

    Almac Group has been recognised as the UK’s top manufacturer in the Medical/Life Sciences and Healthcare industry at the Made in the UK Awards. As a result of being selected as the regional winner in the Made in Northern Ireland Awards, presented on 12th May in Belfast, Almac Group was automatically [...]

  • 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 [...]

EPSRC announces £138m investment in research-business partnerships

Two major investments in research partnerships that will strengthen the links between the UK's research base, industry and business partners were announced last week by [...]

#CultureisDigital launched to encourage digital conversation

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched #CultureisDigital, a conversation between government, the cultural sector and tech companies. As part of the [...]

SBRI funding for gestational diabetes healthcare projects

Could you develop technology solutions to better support diabetic pregnant women? The Department of Health and Department for Economy in Northern Ireland have launched a [...]

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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.

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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 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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Creative Hubs: Understanding the New Economy

This British Council report has been commissioned to better understand the diverse value, processes and motivations of creative hubs and in doing so, analyse how best to support and stimulate the wider creative economy they are rooted in, particularly in times of political and financial uncertainty.

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The Geography of Creativity in the UK

This report – a collaboration between Nesta and Creative England – reveals hotspots of creative activity in all nations and regions of the UK, and produces data that economic development agencies and policymakers charged with promoting business growth can use when setting strategic priorities.

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.

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