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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.

Matrix AI report to launch at AICON in Belfast

November 20th, 2019|

The inaugural AICON will take place on Thursday 28th November in The Europa Hotel, Belfast. This event will bring together world-leading technology professionals and business leaders to examine how AI is changing our world. Matrix will be there to launch our new report, Artificial Intelligence Research in Northern Ireland, which we recently published. We will also be participating in panel [...]

Open Data Fund opens

November 14th, 2019|

The Department of Finance has opened a £30,000 Innovation and Outreach Fund to encourage the use of open data. Awards of between £300 and up to £5,000 are available to fund the development of apps or other interactive visualisations that make innovative use of data on the Open Data NI portal. Organisations and individuals hosting engagement activities including hackathons, workshops, [...]


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.

The Matrix panel

We have a main panel of nineteen business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in the Department for the Economy. The Chair of the panel is Dr. Rob Grundy. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Patricia O’Hagan MBE and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

Find out more about the panel

Latest science and technology events

Robotics League Taster Event

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Entrepreneur Network Event – Funding

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

‘Digital Museums’ NI Museums Council Forum

December 11 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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What Matrix does

The MATRIX panel commissions research, analysis and studies, to help DfE build the evidence base for future science and R&D policies within wider innovation policy.

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.

Find out more about what MATRIX does

The Matrix library

This library is a collection of Matrix reports as well as documents that the Matrix panel and secretariat have used in their research. 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.


The immersive economy in the UK 2019

This report, co-authored by Immerse UK and Digital Catapult, provides evidence of the growth of the sector and its key drivers and barriers. It explores the geographical and industrial spread of companies working with immersive technologies.


Why Don’t More Young Women Study Computing?

This CCEA research paper examines the presently low levels of participation of female students in computing related subjects in NI, attempting to understand why fewer young women study these subjects, and establish various ways in which their participation might be encouraged and thus their overall entry numbers at school increased.


Evidencing the Bioeconomy

This report presents findings around growth and productivity based on a comprehensive review of the literature and interviews with selected academic and industry experts in the bioeconomy of the United Kingdom.


Live SBRIs and other funding competitions

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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