The Marine Institute is mandated to "undertake, to coordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development" in accordance with the Marine Institute Act, 1991.  Accordingly, the Institute acts as the implementing body, on behalf of its parent department (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine), for dedicated marine research funding.

In addition to managing dedicated national marine research funding the Marine Institute seeks to catalyse funding from other funding agencies, e.g. through co-funding initiatives, aimed at achieving the objectives of Sea Change.

The Institute's International Co-operation Programme, via its EU Desk, provides information, advice and training to the Irish marine research community (including SMEs) to facilitate and maximise Irish participation in competitive EU funded marine RTD Programmes

The Marine Institute tracks and provides notification of research funding opportunities from agencies including:

  • Science Foundation Ireland
  • Irish Research Council
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Geological Survey Ireland
  • InterTrade Ireland

Further Information

Additional details on the funding agencies listed and their funding initiatives are provided on the National Funding page and North-South Funding page.  For further information on funding for marine research contact the Research Office at or 091-387200.