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Our aims

To help businesses inform government policy

How do we do it?

How we help businesses inform government policy

By providing the business community – in partnership with the public and academic sectors – with a mechanism by which to advise NI Government on policies aimed at the development of the region’s R&D, innovation and knowledge-based economy

To help develop the Northern Ireland economy

How do we do it?

How we help develop the Northern Ireland economy

By advocating the development of the Northern Ireland economy through the exploitation of the Research & Development, particularly within the local scientific community, and through the promotion of innovation across all sectors.

To strengthen the relationship between industry and academia

How do we do it?

How we strengthen the relationship between industry and academia

By championing and developing a more effective and productive relationship between industry and the regional R&D and science/technology base.

To help maximise funding for science and technology

How do we do it?

How we help maximise funding

By acting as a point of coordination, building the case for resources to increase exploitation from the science and technology sector and maximising the gearing and leverage of public sector funding.

To help maximise R&D success in Northern Ireland

How do we do it?

How we help maximise R&D success in NI

By maintaining a strategic view of science and research, overseeing the development of a Strategic Technology Horizon Scanning Programme to maximise the future success of R&D and innovation based economy.

To keep government informed about R&D developments

How do we do it?

How we help inform government on R&D

By reporting directly to the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Industry and Minister, recognising the Department’s policy lead for innovation and the commercialisation of R&D and science and technology.

The MATRIX panel advises in three main areas

Key R&D and science & technology issues affecting business innovation

The emerging strategic technology priorities impacting on Northern Ireland’s economy

The promotion of a culture of innovation and the importance of R&D and science & technology in the future, particularly with business and in regard to commercial exploitation activities.

Our objectives

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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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