Ireland's marine science community includes a wide range of Universities, Institutes of Technology, State and Semi-State bodies, commercial companies, organisations and individuals whose goals includes the sustainable development of our marine resource through the application of science and technology.
Within that community, the Marine Institute was set up under the 1991 Marine Institute Act:
“to undertake, to co-ordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development and to provide such services related to research and development that, in the opinion of the Institute, will promote economic development and create employment and protect the marine environment.”
Under the Act, an important part of the Institute's activities has been to act as the lead implementation agency for the national programme Sea Change - A Marine Knowledge Research and Innovation Strategy for Ireland (2007-2013).
The Marine Institute's activities, in relation to marine research, fall into three main areas as follows:
Research Promoter / Coordinator
As the lead implementing agency for Sea Change, the Marine Institute co-ordinates and promotes marine research. We aim to bring together industry, higher education institutions and government bodies to promote the development of Ireland’s knowledge economy. The Marine Institute also operates an EU Help Desk which aims to provide a one-stop-shop for marine researchers who wish to investigate opportunities for international funding or require advice in preparing proposals under specific open calls.
The Marine Institute carries out research through its operational programmes and also through leading and participating in many Irish and international research projects
The Marine Institute administers, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Marine Research Sub-Programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013 e.g. via competitive calls for research projects.