Marine Institute

Minister Creed announces Marine Institute funding grants totalling €3.3 million

November 21, 2017

Repro Free: Wednesday 22nd November 2017. Pictured at the Marine Institute’s announcement of funding grants totalling €3.3 million was the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, the funding grants which are being made in two research areas – Specialist Marine Equipment and Ocean Law and Marine Governance. Picture Justin McInnessThe Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced the awarding of a total of €3.3 million grant funding though the Marine Institute to research projects in two areas - specialist marine equipment and Ocean Law and Marine Governance.

Some 19 funding grants in total have been made in the area of specialist marine equipment and small infrastructure, totalling more than €2.5 million investment from the Marine Institute. The HEI (Higher Education Institutes) sector will receive 14 of these grants with five being granted to industry led proposals (SMEs).

The funding grants range from €20,000 to €200,000 with industry being funded at 75 per cent, meaning that these will also leverage private investment in specialist marine equipment for research and innovation development.

The Ocean Law and Marine Governance grant is being made to a partnership project between the MaREI Centre and University College of CRepro Free: Wednesday 22nd November 2017. Pictured at the Marine Institute’s announcement of funding grants totalling €3.3 million is the CEO of the Marine Institute, Dr. Peter Heffernan. Picture Jason Clarkeork School of Law. The funding amounts to €800,000 and will run over four years, employing three researchers with contributions from 12 MaREI and 5 UCC School of Law staff.

More than 20 researchers attended the announcement of the grants today (22 November) in Dublin city centre.

Minister Michael Creed said, "I'm delighted to announce these funding grants which herald the next step forward for many new projects in our marine sector. The funding for marine research equipment helps to target a gap in funding that exists between supports available to Higher Education Institutes via HEA and support from Ireland's development agencies such as SFI and Enterprise Ireland. These grants will allow the marine research and innovation community to purchase specialist equipment needed to support their current and future research activities."

Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute, said the funding grants would enable pioneering marine research projects to develop in decades to come.

"The Ocean Law and Marine Governance Grant marks a very important step in investing further in the area of marine law and governance," he said. "During the development of the National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy, it was indicated that this important research area should be supported and the Marine Institute, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs were consulted and a call was launched for a project-based funding grant.

Repro Free: Wednesday 22nd November 2017. Pictured at the Marine Institute’s announcement of funding grants totalling €3.3 million are the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, CEO of the Marine Institute, Peter Heffernan, Chairman of the Marine Institute, John Killeen, and recipients of the funding grants which are being made in two research areas – specialist marine equipment and Ocean Law and Marine Governance. Picture Jason Clarke"We are delighted that the MaREI Centre and UCC School of Law will be collaborating on this project which is called Navigate and will be led and coordinated by Dr Anne Marie O'Hagan, a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Marine and Coastal Governance Group in the MaREI Centre."

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Appendix 1
Specialist marine equipment grant funding grants:

HEI funding grants

Organisation

Funding awarded

High Throughput SNP Analysis in the Marine Environment (HTSAME)

Queen's University Belfast

€125,555

Analysis of Trace Metals in Seawater for Marine Research

NUI Galway

€58,970

Lir NOTF - Enhancement Project

University College Cork

€169,255

Smart Aquaculture Feeding Trials Research Infrastructure

NUI Galway

€171,778

Particle Size Analyser for Transdisciplinary Research in Marine Sciences

NUI Galway

€65,333

MACSQuant® Analyser 10 and complementary accessory systems

Athlone Institute of Technology

€136,719

Marine Chiroptics

NUI Galway

€199,936

Continuous Flow Chemistry Equipment for Sugar Research

NUI Galway

€38,857

Quantifying the Impacts of Multiple Stressors on marine benthic resources (QIMS)

Trinity College Dublin

€194,654

Flexible environment monitoring platforms (FlexiMon)

University College Cork

€178,980

Analysis of climate relevant gases in seawater

NUI Galway

€48,569

Next generation of Autonomous Upper Ocean Profiling Platform

NUI Galway

€199,599

HYBRID FIXED WING VERTICAL TAKE-OFF & LANDING UAV FOR THE MARINE SECTOR

University of Limerick

€197,925

2GROBOTICS - UNDERWATER LASER SCANNER

University of Ulster

€183,196

SME funding grants

Organisation

Funding awarded

DMA machine

EireComposites Ltd

€51,203

CNC Machine

EireComposites Ltd

€200,000

Test Bed for Hybrid System for Auxiliary Power Production on Marine Vessels

Dare Technology

€141,698

Expansion and Consolidation of Satellite Ocean Colour Validation Activities

Techworks Marine Ltd

€85,040

Upgrading of the macro- and microalgal research facilities at Bantry Marine Research Station

Bantry Marine Research Station

€95,935

• 19 grants in total - 14 grants to HEI and 5 grants to SMEs
• €2.5m investment from MI, €410k contribution by recipients
• Approximate breakdown of investment across research areas:

 

Universities

SMEs

Biodiversity

10%

0%

Bioresources

34%

17%

Climate Change & Environment

9%

0%

Ocean Observation & Advanced Technology

29%

15%

Renewable Energy & Engineering

19%

68%

Ocean Law and Marine Governance funding grant :
Navigate project (collaboration between MaREI Centre and UCC School of Law, led and co-ordinated by Dr Anne Marie O'Hagan, a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Marine and Coastal Governance Group in the MaREI Centre)

€800,000 funding grant and project duration of four years

Three researchers employed (1 senior fellow, 1 fellow, 1 graduate researcher), contributions from 12 MaREI and 5 UCC School of Law staff

The Navigate project will establish a knowledge base of marine law developed around a matrix of sectors and pressures. A knowledge base will be constructed to inform a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis, reviewing national marine law and governance. A face-to-face project consultation phase will be held to respond to the needs of government departments and State agencies so as to prioritise individual place, sector and pressure-based studies

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