Approach to 10x Technologies and Clusters

Consultation opened on 29 September 2023. Closing date 24 November 2023.


The consultation sets out elements of our approach to activity across priority sectors of the Northern Ireland (NI) economy, focusing on innovative technologies and unique selling points (USPs) within each. This work is a key enabler of the department's 10x Economic Vision for a decade of innovation, to support development of a more competitive, sustainable and inclusive economy.


Consultation description

The 10X Economic Vision, published in May 2021, highlighted the need to focus activity on priority/high potential sectors, where NI has established strengths and can compete globally. As such, the department has undertaken work to develop a 10X Technologies and Clusters approach and has subsequently focused on seven priority sectors of the NI economy, including areas such as agri-tech, life and health sciences, and advanced manufacturing, materials and engineering.

The current consultation sets out the planned approach to activity within each sector, with likely key technologies and USPs to drive benefits at scale listed for each. Furthermore, an indication is given of the key policy actions DfE and partners may use to drive the growth, uptake and scaling of these technologies and USPs. Finally, the merits of focusing on key strengths in different geographical areas of NI is discussed, alongside how the Technologies and Clusters work may integrate into a future Sub-Regional Economic Plan. Responses to this consultation will help to develop and refine our current approach to 10X Technologies and Clusters work, the benefits of which we hope will be felt across all our society.

Ways to respond

We encourage respondents to make use of the e-response questionnaire to respond to this consultation wherever possible, as this is the department’s preferred method of receiving responses. To access this response questionnaire see "Respond online" link below.

If you are unable to respond using the online consultation facility, you can email your response using the response template provided to the following email address: dfe-10Xt&

If you require the documentation in a different language or format, please contact the dfe-10Xt& email address.

Public consultation workshops

All are welcome to attend the following workshops to learn more about the consultation:

  • Tuesday 7 November 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: South Eastern Regional College (SERC) campus in Lisburn
  • Thursday 9 November 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Southern Regional College (SRC) campus in Armagh
  • Tuesday 14 November 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: North West Regional College (NWRC) Strand Road campus in Derry~Londonderry

If you are interested in attending, please email dfe-10xT& as soon as possible to indicate your preferred session and DfE will confirm receipt.


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