Blue Carbon Call 2021

The Marine Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Blue Carbon call under the Marine Research Programme. The Institute is seeking applications for a substantial programme of research to investigate further the potential of Ireland’s blue carbon resource to mitigate climate change; the impacts of human activities and climate change on this important ecosystem service; and to address research questions relevant to Irish, European and global marine, climate, nature and biodiversity policy objectives.

Research funded under this call should also address the additional Programme for Government commitment to ‘evaluate and implement plans to realise the carbon sink potential of our marine environment, based on the introduction of Marine Protection Areas.’ Hence, research outputs should also inform the appropriate and effective development, regulation and use of MPAs, and broader marine spatial planning and management frameworks including the National Marine Planning Framework.

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 1,600,000 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.

All applications must be submitted through the Marine Institute's online grant management system (RIMS). Details on registration are available in the Guidelines for Applicants.
Call close date 16:00 on Thursday, 2nd September 2021.

The Marine Institute held a virtual information session on Wednesday, 7th July 2021. The Presentation Slides and FAQ document from the information session are available.  Please email for any queries related to this call.

Full details are provided in the Terms of Reference and Guidelines for Applicants.

For further information and details on submitting your application please read the Guidelines for Applicants and the Terms of Reference.



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