Our Shared Ocean Project Awards 2022

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) though Ireland’s development cooperation programme, Irish Aid, and the Marine Institute (MI) have established a new programme called ‘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 2026 with a total investment of €3.8 million funded by the DFA, and administered by the MI.

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.

Project Awards Overview:

Proposals are invited from applicants in Irish 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 Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Grant support of up to €400,000 per award is offered under two options as detailed below:

Award Category


Maximum Grant-Aid per Award € Euro

Project Awards: Desk-Based Topics – to be determined

(please refer to the Applicant Guidelines for further details)

12 to 18 months 150,000 Euro

Project Awards: (Field or Lab-Based)

Topic - Sargassum as an invasive seaweed species

18 to 36 months 400,000 Euro


Application Process:

Applications must be submitted via the Marine Institute's online Application System Research Information Management System (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:

  • Thursday, 29th September 2022 @16:00 Irish Standard Time

Information Sessions:

  • Monday, 22nd August 2022 at 15:00 and 20:00 (Irish Standard Time)
  • Thursday, 1st September 2022 at 15:00 and 20:00 (Irish Standard Time)
  • Monday, 5-Sep-22 at 8:00 (Irish Standard Time)
  • Tuesday, 6-Sep-22 at 15:00 (Irish Standard Time)
  • Thursday, 8-Sep-22 at 10:00 (Irish Standard Time)

.Please email funding@marine.ie to register to attend an online Information Session.

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.

Please email the Research Funding Office (funding@marine.ie) to register to attend any of the information sessions or with any queries on the application process.

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