We support the development of new research capacity and encourage scientists from the life sciences, marine biological sciences and the food/nutritional sciences to collaborate on marine biotechnology based research through the grants to establish a national programme in Marine Functional Foods and a Biodiscovery project.
Known as NutraMara and the Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery project respectively, this capacity and capability building research comprise 20 PhDs students, 16 P Docs and 21 PIs working across 7 institutions.
Resulting from these initiatives, Irish researchers collaborate within a defined process to target marine organisms as a source of new materials for commercial applications and towards supporting the sustainable exploitation of our marine resources.
Current projects are -
MARBioFEED Project – enhanced biorefining methods for the production of marine biotoxins and microalgae fish feed