Research and Technology

Innovation infuses every aspect of work in Northern Ireland, and this effort is most evident in the realm of research and technology. Academic institutions, research clusters and pioneering individuals have made it a priority to develop new technology with potential for commercialization. This skill base is the key to the competitiveness and future success of Northern Ireland.

Queen’s University, Belfast

Queen’s University, established in Belfast in 1845, is today regarded as one of the top universities within the United Kingdom.

In fact, the National Research Assessments Exercise recognized Queen’s University for top awards in several subject areas, which has piqued the interest of major multi-national firms looking to set up shop in Northern Ireland and hire some of the most dynamic talent in Europe.

A very significant beneficiary of the work of Queen’s research is the wider community of Northern Ireland.

  • Queen's University Belfast is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities and is internationally renowned for the quality and diversity of its research. As the top UK University for knowledge transfer and annual turnover of its spin-out businesses, Queen’s leads the way in creating jobs, wealth, skills and innovation.
  • Specialist areas in Information and Communication including High Performance Computing, Software Engineering, Image and Vision Systems, DSP and Telecommunications, High Frequency Electronics, Intelligent Systems, Control Microelectronics and Green Chemistry.

University of Ulster

The University of Ulster is the largest university on the island of Ireland. With over 3000 research-active staff and over 28,000 students, it has strong relationships with universities across North America.

  • Leading edge research strengths in bio-medical science, information technologies, engineering and international business have established the University as an “internationally recognized center of excellence.”
  • Accredited world class centers for information and biotechnology, Energy Research Technology, Bioengineering, Health Informatics, e-Business and Innovation Ulster, Ltd.
Northern Ireland Science Park Connect (NISPC)

A leadership platform and catalyst between Northern Ireland’s entrepreneurs, research institutions, investors, technology corporation and professional service providers by linking entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed.

NISP CONNECT is an independent, non-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship by accelerating the growth of promising technologies and early stage companies. A collaboration between Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP), the University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Belfast and AFBI (Agri Food & BioSciences Institute), NISP CONNECT acts as an ‘honest, neutral broker’ within the region.

NISPC focuses on:

  • research institution support
  • business creation and development
  • entrepreneurial learning
  • access to capital
  • public policy advocacy
  • awards, recognition and networking

The Northern Ireland Bureau can help you explore areas of collaboration and partnership. We can provide you with information and advice about organizations with potential for real growth to the practical benefit of organizations in Northern Ireland and North America.