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:


In February, 70 primary school children, teachers and parents learnt about whales and dolphins through the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme.
Children have a whale of a time learning about whales and dolphins with the Explorers Education Programme
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The Marine Institute's Newport Research Facility.
Marine Institute to Showcase Researchers at Burrishoole Research Day
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100kWp Floating Solar Energy Plant. Photo courtesy of Upsolar Floating Srl.
Irish company designs floating green energy solution
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Caitriona Nic Aonghusa, Marine Institute
Women in Science – Caitriona Nic Aonghusa
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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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