• 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 [...]

  • NI Open Data competition is launched

    NI Open Data competition is launched

    Do you have a great idea for using open data to develop a teaching resource or tool? The OpenDataNI Challenge offers the chance of winning £20,000 to make it happen. The competition, which is jointly funded by the Department of Finance and the Department for the Economy on behalf of the Northern Ireland Digital [...]

  • Queens University awarded first Regius Professorship in Northern Ireland

    Queens University awarded first Regius Professorship in Northern Ireland

    Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded Northern Ireland’s first Regius Professorship by Her Majesty The Queen. The title of Regius Professorship recognises exceptionally high quality research at an institution. Only 14 have been granted since the reign of Queen Victoria, including 12 to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. [...]

  • Innovate UK launches Infocus Awards for Women In Innovation

    Innovate UK launches Infocus Awards for Women In Innovation

    Women with potential to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders in innovation can apply for support and funding to help them to succeed. Innovate UK has up to £200,000 and a package of tailored support to award to businesswomen who have exciting ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation [...]

  • Over 100 entries in this year’s Best Awards

    Over 100 entries in this year’s Best Awards

    Over 100 Further Education students were in Foyle Arena last Thursday to show off their STEM related projects at the 2016 Best Awards. The BEST Awards (Business and Education through Skills and Training) is a competition run annually by Colleges NI. Now in its 6th year, the BEST Awards were [...]

  • 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 [...]

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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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.

NI Science Park rebrands as Catalyst Inc in major expansion plan

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

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NI Open Data competition is launched

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Do you have a great idea for using open data to develop a teaching resource or tool? The OpenDataNI Challenge offers the chance of winning £20,000 to make it happen. The competition, which is jointly funded by the Department [...]

Queens University awarded first Regius Professorship in Northern Ireland

June 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded Northern Ireland’s first Regius Professorship by Her Majesty The Queen. The title of Regius Professorship recognises exceptionally high quality research at an institution. Only 14 have been granted since [...]

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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).

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