What is the Belfast Region City Deal?

A City Deal is a bespoke package of funding and decision making powers agreed between central government and local regions; aimed at helping to harness additional investment, create new jobs and accelerate inclusive economic growth.

The Universities’ role

Queen’s University and Ulster University are key partners in the BRCD along with six local councils, FE colleges and the Northern Ireland Civil Service. The BRCD is made up of 22 integrated projects that each fall within one of three investment themes and are intended to deliver 20,000 new and better jobs.

For further information contact the Innovation Programme Office.

Working in close collaboration, the universities are leading on the five innovation projects that fall within the ‘Innovation and Digital’ cog. Designed to be the catalyst that will drive forward investment in research and development, they will help to embed a culture of innovation and act as a driver for increased productivity.

Innovation
  • Five integrated projects
  • Global centres of innovation in key growth sectors
  • Projects in health, creative industries, advanced manufacturing, healthcare technology and data analytics
  • Enabling the Belfast Region for the Knowledge Economy
  • Leveraging the Universities’ research strengths
Innovation and Digital

Investing in digital and innovation to drive productivity

Tourism and Regeneration

Boosting tourism and regenerating our region

Infrastructure

Connecting people to opportunity and services through enhanced infrastructure

Employability and Skills

Underpinning inclusive economic growth with a comprehensive employibility and skills programme

Find out more about the other Cogs within the Belfast Region City Deal.

What our universities say

Professor Ian Greer, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University and Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University
Professor Ian Greer, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University and Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University
"The Belfast Region has a once-in-a-generation opportunity through the City Deal to make interventions that will open up new innovation horizons and define our economic future. We welcome this unparalleled opportunity to achieve economic growth and prosperity for the Belfast Region and look forward to working together."
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