“The benefits of this work will extend far beyond the consortium partners through productivity growth and the attraction of foreign investment”.Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas
What impact did it make?
CREATING NEW JOBS, NEW COMPANIES AND NEW PRODUCTS
Smart Nano NI promises to be a major opportunity for the UK and for advanced manufacturing in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland has a unique cluster of expertise in this globally expanding field. The collaboration will enable the establishment of a Centre of Excellence that will drive advances in the Life and Health Sciences as well as exploiting the potential of photonics and nanotech in other high-growth sectors through knowledge transfer.
The project offers a step-change in advanced manufacturing. Smart nano manufacturing acts as a platform technology to create new opportunities for business innovation, improving existing products, generating new products and enabling firms to enter new markets. The benefits of this work will extend far beyond the consortium partners through productivity growth and the attraction of foreign investment.
The collaboration presents benefits and opportunities on multiple fronts. It is estimated that the project could lead to the creation of over 500 jobs, a £250m increase in exports and the injection of around £100m in Foreign Direct Investment over the next 10 years.
- The total project value, including leveraged funding from other sources is £63.9m. Including the award of a £42.4m UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places grant for ‘Smart Nano NI’ as well as funding from other industry sources.
- The Smart Nano NI consortium includes Ulster University, Northwest Regional College, three highly specialised technology-led spinouts from Queen’s University; Analytics Engines, Causeway Sensors and Cirdan Imaging, innovation agency Digital Catapult NI, and test equipment manufacturer, Yelo.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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- SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of Mathematics and Physics
- Intelligent manufacturing and service delivery