Marine Institute

Marine Institute

Foras na Mara

We are the state agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland.

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We provide scientific and technical advice to the government to inform policy and support the sustainable development of Ireland's marine resources.

  • Ireland's new state-of-the-art multi-purpose marine research vessel
  • Podcast
  • Year in Review 2020
  • and explore Ireland’s marine resource


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The Marine Institute’s primary role is to undertake and co-ordinate marine research and development.
We also provide a number of services to promote economic development and create employment around the marine environment.
Find out more about any of primary areas of activity below:


David Reid, Marine Institute
Our People – David Reid
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Aileen Kennedy - Photo credit Andrew Downes, Xposure
Cullen Scholar - Aileen Kennedy
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RV Tom Crean, Ireland’s new marine research vessel makes its first splash
Ireland's new marine research vessel makes its first splash
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Sinead Keaveney, Marine Institute
Our People - Sinead Keaveney
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Information on Ireland's Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2017-2021

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View all the latest research funding opportunities in the Irish marine sector

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View corporate and scientific reports, peer reviewed articles and conference papers

Working With Us

We believe our people are our greatest asset. Find out more about opportunities to work with the Marine Institute.
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