A new National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy was identified as a key enabling action in Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan - Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. This need was echoed in Innovation 2020, the national Research and Innovation Strategy. The strategy covers the period 2017 to 2021 and was prepared by the Marine Institute on behalf of the Marine Coordination Group.
As part of the preparation of the Strategy, the Marine Institute undertook a detailed review of national and European policies and strategies in relation to the Marine. This process identified the 15 major themes that are considered under the Strategy (see graphic ). This approach was taken to ensure that the Strategy is focused on applied and demand-led research, while recognising the importance of a fully functional marine research system that extends from basic research, through applied research, to translational utilisation of research outputs.
The strategy provides a framework for research funders to assess the impact and likely return to the state from research investment in marine related research themes. It is also designed to ensure that state support of marine research results in Irish researchers being able to compete at an international level and participate fully in transnational research projects.