The business of Manufacturing, a key sector in the Northern Ireland economy, is changing rapidly.  At this event, delivered in partnership with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, you will find out what the future of manufacturing looks like and what funding is available for businesses. You will also get practical support and advice on how you can start to leverage funding and the opportunities of Industry 4.0, the latest industrial revolution.

Why attend

Invest NI, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network will outline the opportunities available to fund your new and innovative product, process or service ideas. There are a range of solutions available for companies of all sizes and level of maturity and we can support companies to work with solution providers, undertake their own R&D project or collaborate to deliver innovative solutions for some of the big societal challenges of our time.

The programme features:

  • Innovation funding guidance from Invest NI and Innovate UK
  • Industry case study
  • Opportunity to pitch your expertise or seek collaborative partners
  • Opportunity for pre-booked 1-1 workshop sessions with an expert advisor
  • Solution providers will be available for practical advice
  • Masterclass: A guide to writing applications for R&D funding across all sectors
  • Opportunities to network with potential partners or new suppliers

The expert advisors will be made up of representatives Invest NI, the Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Appointments for the one to one sessions can be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The morning session is open to all businesses and organisations operating in the Manufacturing, material and engineering sector. The afternoon session is open to businesses and organisations across all sectors.


09:00 Registration and networking breakfast
09:30 Welcome & Introduction - Tracy Meharg, Invest NI
09:40 Innovation landscape – who’s who - Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI?
09:50 2 Minute pitches - QUB, UU, NI Colleges, Invest NI
10:00 Local R&D funding for manufacturers – how to get started - Noel Brown, Invest NI
10:20 Case study - How R&D support helped my business - Fergal Coleman Green Lizard Technologies
10:40 Connecting academic research to business, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – Joel Ferguson, Senior Knowledge Transfer Adviser, Knowledge Transfer Network
10:50 Q&A
11:00 Networking and opportunity to speak to advisors
11:30 Innovate UK – funding and connecting business innovation across the UK - Lorraine Acheson Manager for Northern Ireland, Dr Martyn Cherrington Innovation Lead, High Value Manufacturing, Gabrielle Newson, Manufacturing Team Analyst, Innovate UK
12:00 Dr Michael Ward, CTO, Advanced Forming Research Centre - Introduction to the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and current manufacturing trends
12:20 Panel session - Dan Brooks Manufacturing Knowledge Transfer Manager, Marie Emerson Knowledge Transfer Manager Robotics, Lampros Litos Knowledge Transfer Manager Manufacturing
13:00 Networking lunch
13:20 1:1 workshop sessions commence
14:00 Masterclass - A guide to writing applications for R&D funding across all sectors: Mairi Dillon, Access to Funding and Finance Manager, Knowledge Transfer Network
16:00 Close

Note: This event is brought to you by Invest Northern Ireland in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK. Please note that by registering for this event you are agreeing to sharing your information with these partners to facilitate the event and to contact you after the event.

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Titanic Belfast

Olympic Way,

Queens Road,

Titanic Quarter,


United Kingdom