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Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy - update

The draft Innovation Strategy (2013-25) public consultation has now closed. The responses received during the public consultation period are now available.

Access to the draft Innovation Strategy

Access the Draft Innovation Strategy Responses

Access the summary evaluation of responses to the draft Innovation Strategy

For further information contact Joanne McClements


Tel: 02890 529399

Smart Specialisation for Northern Ireland

What is Smart Specialisation?

Smart Specialisation, or RIS3 as it is commonly known, is the culmination of years of research and European best practice for methods of regional economic transformation which focus on;

Why Smart Specialisation?

The European Commission is placing a high priority on innovation within Europe. Future European Commission structural funding (ERDF) will require regional Smart Specialisation Frameworks to be in place. In addition, future, competitive funding for research, development and innovation (Horizon 2020) can be aligned more effectively with Northern Ireland priorities. It is an opportunity for Northern Ireland to focus research and innovation on many of its regional strengths to ultimately boost exports and economic growth.

The final smart specialisation framework for Northern Ireland will be published later in 2014, following agreement with the European Commission.

Access further details on Smart Specialisation.

View a short video on Smart Specialisation.

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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. There will be almost €80 billion of funding available during the period 2014 - 2020.

A Northern Ireland Action Plan was published in 2013.

2013 Action Plan for Horizon 2020 (DOC 732 KB)

Access further information on Horizon 2020.

Horizon 2020

for further information please contact Simon Grattan NI Horizon 2020 Manager


MATRIX, The Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel.

MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, was born out of the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) for Northern Ireland. In February 2007 it was tasked with bringing forward-focused advice on the future policies necessary for Northern Ireland to ensure economic growth and wealth creation through greater commercial exploitation of its science and technology capabilities.

The first MATRIX report, a Technology Capability report and five overarching Horizon Panel reports were launched by the DETI Minister on 8th October 2008. These reports focussed on the following five sectors:

A further two Horizon Panel reports have been published on the following sectors:

The most recent report into Sustainable Energy was launched in April 2013. For information on it and all the other reports, please visit the MATRIX website

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