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Smart Nano NI

About the programme

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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


Consortium partners

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.