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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.

New report on Digital Education in NI Primary Schools published

January 16th, 2020|

Research by Ulster University has shown that Primary Schools teachers have reported low levels of confidence when using computers and digital devices. The report “Digital Education in Primary Schools” authored by Professor Linda Clarke  shows that just 57% of Teachers participating in the study reported that they felt fairly confident when using computers and digital devices.  A further 10% reporting [...]

Applications for Tech Cyber 2.0 are now open

January 14th, 2020|

Tech Nation has opened applications for its cyber security growth programme Cyber 2.0. After the resounding success of last year’s inaugural Cyber sector programme, with companies such as CybSafe, Red Sift and ISMS.Online among the graduating cohort, they are looking for the next tranche of pre-Series A Cyber stars looking to accelerate their growth. The Cyber 2.0 programme will help [...]


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.

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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 an overview of the scale, nature and economic value of the virtual, augmented and mixed reality ecosystem, its key drivers and barriers.


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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