Invest NI wishes to appoint a service provider to undertake an evaluation of its Technology Missions covering the period April 2004 to October 2009.
Since March 2004, 28 Technology Missions have taken place involving around 30 researchers. Countries visited have been the US, Denmark, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. The total spend on Technology Missions since their inception in 2004/05 and including projected spend to year end 09/10, is £278,000.
Since April 2008 the cost of Invest NI’s representative in Seoul has also been included in the Technology Missions budget, i.e. £85,000 per annum.
Therefore the total Technology Missions budget spend since 2004/05, including the cost of the Seoul representative and including projected spend to year end 09/10 is £448,000.
In conducting this evaluation, Invest NI would like to specifically focus on the outcomes, value for money and wider economic benefits gained from the delivery of the Technology Missions programme and its continued strategic fit with Invest NI objectives