The Marine Institute provides funding for marine research in a range of areas including the Cullen Fellowship, Ship-time Programme and the Networking & Travel Initiative. The Marine Institute also provides funding for marine research including Project-Based awards such as
- applied research projects
- demonstration projects
- desk/feasibility studies
and Research Awards such as
- strategic research appointments,
- research capacity/competency building,
- post-doctoral fellowships,
- PhD scholarships.
Information on other national and international funding calls relevant to marine research is available on the current funding opportunities page. Key Marine Institute marine research programmes include:
Cullen Fellowship Programme
The annual call under the Cullen Fellowship Programme provides Fellowships to postgraduates to work on projects relevant to the Marine Institute whilst studying for a higher degree. The Fellowships may be offered in all areas of Marine Institute research activity – food safety, marine technology, oceanography fisheries, shipping, statistics, marine economics, aquaculture and genetics.
The objectives of the Cullen Fellowship Programme are:
- To provide research training opportunities for scientists in marine and related disciplines leading to the acquisition of a higher degree,
- To facilitate liaison between the Marine Institute’s applied research programme and the more basic or fundamental investigations in the third-level sector, particularly in ‘new science’ areas,
- to increase the Marine Institute's research capacity.
During 2018 the Marine Institute funded 5 PhD Fellowships under the Cullen Fellowship Programme bringing a total 26 projects funded to date with a combined value of €2,011,000.
|Lead Organisation||Project Title||Grant-Aid €|
|NUI Galway||Culture optimisation, and bioactivity of selected toxic Irish microalgae||69000|
|Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology||Evaluate the disease status of velvet crab, brown crab, lobster & shrimp||72000|
|Trinity College Dublin||Vulnerability of life stages of marine calcifiers to changes in ocean chemistry||72000|
|Cork Institute of Technology||Next generation sequencing to determine the occurrence of Norovirus Genotypes||69000|
|NUI Galway||A regional and rural analysis of Ireland’s Ocean and Coastal Economies||46000|
The Marine Institute provides annual grant-aid to researchers to access ship-time to facilitate research projects/programmes and further develop the national potential to carry out world-class multidisciplinary marine research. The Ship-Time Programme also includes grant-aid to Higher Education Institutions within the island of Ireland, to provide dedicated undergraduate and/or postgraduate training programmes onboard the vessels under the Dedicated Training Programme. The Ship-Time Programme is awarded through a competitive open call on an annual basis. In 2018 the Marine Institute awarded a total of €2,640,600 in shiptime funding. Further information on the Ship-Time Programme can be found on the Shiptime overview page.
Networking & Travel Initiative
The Marine Institute provide travel grants to promote appropriate networking activities that support the Irish marine research community. Grant support is provided in the following categories:
- Hosting Workshops and Conferences
- Researcher Travel Awards
- Other Marine Networking Initiatives
The Networking Initiative remains open on a rolling basis with evaluations taking place each month. In 2018, the Marine Institute awarded €97,822 in grant-aid funding under the Marine Institute’s Networking & Travel Awards.
|Funding Type||Awards||Grant-Aid €|
|Hosting Workshops and Conferences||10||17,102|
|Researcher Travel Award||100||75,227|
|Other Networking Initiatives||7||5,493|