MATRIX

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

  • MATRIX workshop dates for Creative Technologies – register now

    MATRIX is looking for UX designers, Film makers, animators, games & apps developers as well as anyone involved in VR or AR to have their say on how their industry can best be supported in Northern Ireland. We are holding two events in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry - please note you must [...]

  • EEF on making the UK Industrial Strategy work for manufacturing

    The UK manufacturers' organisation EEF has published a new factcard outlining how Government must support manufacturers’ growth ambitions by making the UK a more internationally competitive location for industry. Download the EEF Industrial Strategy factcard The factcard outlines what the EEF considers to be the gaps in the recent green [...]

  • Take our survey on Creative Technologies in Northern Ireland

    We are looking for your thoughts on how the Creative Technologies - Film, TV, animation, UX, games and immersive technologies such as AR & VR - could best be supported in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has a thriving and fast growing creative technology economy, with GVA rising by 70% [...]

  • £6m UU research project to pioneer safe water solutions for developing world

    Ulster University has announced it will be leading on a £6 million research project into low cost technologies for safe drinking water in developing regions. The SAFEWATER research programme seeks to tackle a global challenge by looking at clean water solutions and the development of smart devices to quickly tell [...]

  • Ulster University spin-out Intelesens acquired by US tech company UltraLinq

    Belfast-based Intelesens, which was founded in 2001 by three leading sensor technology professors at Ulster University, has been acquired by US-based UltraLinq. Intelesens developed a portfolio of intelligent, wearable, non-invasive, wireless vital signs monitoring devices for global hospital and home patient monitoring markets. Professor Jim McLaughlin (pictured above) is one of the [...]

  • £80m funding for Creative Industries Cluster Programme

    As part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, a record £80m-plus is being invested to create a step-change in collaboration between the country’s internationally-renowned creative industries and universities across the UK. The Creative Industries Clusters Programme, which will start in 2018, will help catalyse economic growth and provide the skills needed [...]

MATRIX workshop dates for Creative Technologies – register now

MATRIX is looking for UX designers, Film makers, animators, games & apps developers as well as anyone involved in VR or AR to have their [...]

EEF on making the UK Industrial Strategy work for manufacturing

The UK manufacturers' organisation EEF has published a new factcard outlining how Government must support manufacturers’ growth ambitions by making the UK a more internationally [...]

Take our survey on Creative Technologies in Northern Ireland

We are looking for your thoughts on how the Creative Technologies - Film, TV, animation, UX, games and immersive technologies such as AR & [...]

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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?

Click to find out....

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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Artificial Intelligence

MATRIX is conducting a short scoping study of Northern Ireland’s capability in AI, led by Dr Rob Hardeman, MATRIX Chair, and Tom Gray, Director of the NI Digital Catapult.

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Women in STEM

We are currently examining how to tackle the shortage of women in STEM. If we can encourage women into STEM and ensure they remain in the skills pipeline, we could go a long way to solving skills shortages.

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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.

See all live SBRIS

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