The Marine Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a Project-Based Award for Capacity Building titled Oceans in a Changing Climate under the Marine Research Programme and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This project aims to build national capacity in Ireland in physical oceanography and climate change research, which will feed directly into other research themes and topics in the marine, e.g. ocean observation, marine biodiversity, ocean and coupled modelling, and the delivery of policy advice. It is intended to do this through funding the position of a Principal Investigator, a Physical Oceanographer, who will be based in a Higher Education Institute in the Republic of Ireland. With additional staff to support the PI, the aim is to form a team with expertise in physical oceanography and climate research, which develops a reputation for high quality research outputs and support national requirements for oceanographic and climate data, information products, and informed decision making.
Building on previously funded research and infrastructure investments, the Marine Institute wishes to invite applicants to submit research proposals that address key oceanographic and climate change questions of relevance to the national interest. There is considerable scope for the applicant(s); however, the below areas have been identified as of key national relevance:
- Sea level and ocean climate (historical sea level analysis and future projections of sea level rise)
- Atlantic variability
- Seasonal and decadal ocean and climate prediction
- Meridional overturning circulation
- Ocean-atmosphere interactions
- North Atlantic carbon budget
- Climate scale and high resolution coupled coastal models
- Tipping points and extremes analysis
- Coastal processes
The project will contribute to the development of research capacity for Ireland in physical oceanography and climate research. This should lead to enhanced visibility (through high impact peer reviewed publications and conference presentations) and contribution of Irish research to international research efforts and programmes (through greater involvement in EU research projects and relevant processes such as IPCC Working Group I).
The duration of the successful award(s) under this call is expected to be 60 months. The amount of funding available will be a maximum award amount of 2,000,000 Euro. The lead institution must be a Higher Education Institute based in the Republic of Ireland. Partnerships are permissible, with eligible partners being Higher Education Institutes, Research Institutes or Other Public Bodies from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or elsewhere.
Applications must be made through the Marine Institute's online research grant management system (RIMS). Details on how to register on the system are available in the Guidelines for Applicants. Further information on the call are available in the Guidelines for Applicants and Terms of Reference.
This research call is proposed to be co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under priority 1 – Strengthening Research, Technology Development and Innovation. The regions concerned are the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Region and the Southern and Eastern Region, which cover the Republic of Ireland.
Closing Date: 16:00 27th September 2018