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.


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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:


Photo by Tom Szumski.
Dr Heffernan appointed Chair to Council of DIAS
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Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway.
Training the next generation of marine scientists
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Clontuskert students in front of newly installed solar panels sponsored by Microsoft SSE Airtricity and Activ8. Photo courtesy of St. Augustine's N.S. from Clonstuskert, in County Galway
Explorers Primary school joins international experts and leaders for Climate Action Day
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A male arctic charr from Lake Windermere. Photo Cr Ian Winfield.
New study suggests the Irish Arctic charr is at serious risk of extinction as result of climate change
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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

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