Our Shared Ocean Funding Call Open

Our Shared Ocean Funding Call Open 29th May 2023:  The Our Shared Ocean funding programme, specifically designed to build strategic research partnerships between Ireland and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has launched a suite of competitive calls to support capacity building in eligible SIDS partner countries in Oceans and Climate Action, Inclusive and Sustainable Blue Economy and Marine Policy and Ocean Governance.

The multi-annual collaboration funded by Irish Aid and administered by the Marine Institute, will provide €3.8 million over the next five years to facilitate partnerships on ocean-related issues.

Our Shared Ocean is part of Ireland’s response to the challenges facing many SIDS, recognising that our fellow islanders are on the front line of the impact of climate change and vulnerable, in particular, to sea-level rise and extreme weather events. It also recognises the important role of SIDS in relation to global ocean governance and their capacity to develop innovative responses to these challenges. The programme, the first of its kind by Ireland to engage strategically with developing island states, aims to leverage existing national marine research capabilities and expertise to empower the SIDS with the skills and opportunity to tackle local marine issues.

Following an extensive stakeholder consultation which included conversations with representatives and research scientists in over 20 countries from the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, the project team now invite joint research applications (Irish and SIDS partners) to develop MSc scholarships, Research Fellowships or Project Awards. Also on offer are Travel and Mobility Grants to facilitate eligible SIDS student travel, and participation, in international conferences and workshops. All the calls are available through the Marine Institute website here.

Our Shared Ocean research topics reflect stakeholder feedback and are focussed on the most relevant challenges and opportunities facing our Oceans today. These include, but are not limited to, Blue Carbon, Coastal Engineering, Climate Resilience, Coastal and Marine Management, Ocean Economy, Digital Technology, and Marine Education & Communication. The grants are intended to provide research training opportunities for scientists in oceanography, marine engineering and related marine science, social science and humanities disciplines. The Our Shared Ocean Team can also discuss your research and how it addresses the challenges identified in the programme. Contact oursharedocean@marine.ie or @OurSharedOcean on Twitter for more information.

Minister for International Development and Diaspora Sean Fleming T.D. said: “Our Shared Ocean reflects Ireland’s commitment to deepening our partnership with Small Island Development States and ensuring we are championing responses to the issues they face. This important programme builds strategic research partnerships between Ireland and Small Island Developing States on issues related to oceans.”

Paul Connolly, CEO, Marine Institute: "Without a shared understanding of the challenges facing the marine environment, there cannot be shared solutions. We are privileged to have spoken to inspiring scientists around the world, from multiple research disciplines, who are making a real difference to how we think about, use and manage our shared ocean space on a local and regional scale. We have listened to these critical ocean stakeholders, to become aware of the unique set of environmental and economic pressures these small islands face, but more importantly to hear their proposed solutions. We are confident our call topics match that ambition."


For more information, please contact:
Sinéad Coyne, Marine Institute  e.  sinead.coyne@marine.ie   m. +353 (0) 87 947 7090

Sheila Byrnes, Marine Institute e. sheila.byrnes@marine.ie     m. +353 (0)87 815 5271

Notes to the Editor:

Through Ireland’s development cooperation programme, Irish Aid, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Marine Institute (MI) have established ‘Our Shared Ocean’ to support research, knowledge exchange and capacity building in partnership with Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The programme will run until December 2026 with a total investment of €3.8 million funded by the DFA, and administered by the MI.

Our Shared Ocean will establish and grow research partnerships between Irish institutions and international counterparts, providing research and technical support to assist eligible SIDS in addressing specific ocean and climate related challenges within one of three thematic pillars:

  • Oceans & Climate Action
  • Inclusive and Sustainable Blue Economy
  • Marine Policy & Ocean Governance


Marine Institute
The Marine Institute is the state agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. It provides government, public agencies and the maritime industry with a range of scientific, advisory and economic development services that inform policy-making, regulation and the sustainable management and growth of Ireland's marine resources. www.marine.ie