Our Shared Ocean Direct Funding Project Awards 2023





The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) though Ireland’s development cooperation programme, Irish Aid, 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 from January 2022 to December 2027 with a total investment of €3.8 million funded by the DFA, and administered by the MI.

Direct Funding Project Awards are one of a suite of competitive calls under the Our Shared Ocean Programme that will address specific ocean, climate and sustainable blue economy related challenges faced by SIDS; support the building of scientific and technical capacity to address such challenges; and promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Irish institutions and their counterparts in SIDS to underpin longer-term cooperation.

Previous calls required an Irish researcher to be lead partner but this obligation is removed here, and instead applications from suitable qualified SIDS researchers are welcomed. We believe this removes an important barrier to SIDS accessing international funding and ensures a more equitable approach to Our Shared Oceans’ Grant-Aid.

Project Awards Overview:
Proposals are invited from applicants in SIDS Public Research Performing Organisations (HEIs and other Public RPOs) with the necessary competence to carry out the research proposed in collaboration with up to two eligible partners. Max Grant-Aid available is €150,000 for Projects 12-18 months in duration.

Projects can be Desk-Based, Lab-Based or Field Based (or combinations of each).

Application Process:
Applications must be submitted via the Marine Institute's online Application System Research Information Management System (RIMS). Application Forms are available to download from RIMS.
Please refer to the Applicant Guidelines for further information on the Project Awards, how to register for access to RIMS, and the application procedure. Applications submitted on the incorrect form or incomplete applications will be ineligible and will not go forward to the evaluation process.

Submission Deadline:

  • Friday, 29th September 2023 @16:00 Irish Standard Time

Information Sessions:
Please email oursharedocean@marine.ie to register for the information sessions or for any queries on the application process.

This initiative is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs though Ireland’s development cooperation programme, Irish Aid, administered and managed by the Marine Institute on behalf of Irish Aid/DFA.






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