The Marine Institute has just launched its 2005 call for marine research proposals under the National Development Plan. The programme supports marine research, technology development and innovation (RTDI) across a broad spectrum.
Proposals are invited from small and medium businesses interested in increasing competitiveness or developing new business opportunities through research and development. The Marine Institute's Industry Liaison Officer, Dr. Frank O'Brien, can team up companies that do not have in-house research capabilities with suitable research organisations to help achieve their business goals.
Funding is also available for Postgraduate or Post Doctoral research in areas such as stock assessment and genetic stock identification; marine data modelling; advanced technologies for aquaculture; instrumentation interface and data management architecture; sea-floor observatories and sensor system packages; ecosystem and ocean climate change; marine economics; hydro acoustics; benthic science; and marine resource management.
The Marine Institute has defined a number of strategic research projects for which research proposals are now sought, based on consultations with industry and other marine stakeholders. These are: Site Investigations and Disease Management of the Pancreas Disease Virus; and an Investigation into the Approach and Applicability of extending the Marine Institute's Marine Data Model to include Biological Data.
Other areas supported by the marine RTDI programme include networking and technology transfer initiatives and desk studies on Platforms for Marine Monitoring; Bioinformatics; Data Mining Techniques and Quality Control of Scientific Data; and Fast Ro Pax Ferries.
Deadlines for proposals vary by programme. For more information and application forms visit www.marine.ie/marinertdi
or call Felicity Donnelly, NDP Administrator or Frank O'Brien, Industry Liaison Officer on 091 730 400
or email felicity [dot] donnelly [at] marine [dot] ie
or frank [dot] obrien [at] marine [dot] ie