Smart Nano Northern Ireland
About the programme
Smart Nano NI will demonstrate how important cross sectoral innovation and skills diffusion will be to support Northern Ireland’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Digital Catapult is excited to be contributing our expertise and experience to this game-changing project to support levelling up across Northern Ireland and the spillover effects that will create for the rest of the UK.Jeremy Silver CEO, Digital Catapult
About Smart Nano NI
The collaboration is led by Seagate Technology, a world leader in data storage and management solutions – its facility in NI is recognised as one of the foremost 200mm wafer fabrication plant in the world – and brings together leading organisations from across Northern Ireland:
- Analytics Engines – leader in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning,
- Causeway Sensors – photonic therapeutic device specialists
- Cirdan – leading provider of medical informatics and imaging solutions
- Digital Catapult – advanced digital technology innovation centre
- North West Regional College – a national award-winning Business Support Centre for skills development, R&D and innovation
- Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) – leads the Centre of Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonics and Advanced Data Storage
- Ulster University – the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) is an established Centre of Excellence in Intelligent Systems specialising in artificial intelligence (AI).
- Yelo – photonics test equipment vendor.
Total project funding
UKRI Strength in Places funding
Awarded £42.4m by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund, Smart Nano NI is a Northern Ireland consortium collaborating to develop game-changing advanced prototyping and smart manufacturing methods to deliver new technologies.
The consortium shares a niche capability around nano-manufacturing and world-leading knowledge in photonics. The project aims to support innovation-led economic growth, both in the area and nationally, as well as enhancing local research and innovation collaborations.
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