2 New Funding Calls Open at SmartBay

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Marine Institute SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP) 2018

On 21 December 2018 the Marine Institute launched the latest National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP). This programme is designed to fund access for small scale projects to the SmartBay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site infrastructure in Galway Bay or provide access to the data feeds from the test site.

Up to €150,000 of funding is available through a national competition process which is expected to fund 5 to 8 awards to research teams . The funding is open to academia and industry throughout the Island of Ireland. Projects selected through the call will carry out scientific research and/or technology development requiring the test, demonstration and validation of novel sensors, equipment, materials, coatings and data products within the marine environment.


The aim of the Marine Institute SmartBay NIAP programme is to promote synergies between companies and academia in marine related research and development, by facilitating access to the test site and its associated facilities and supports.

Further details on the call are available in the Guidelines for Applicants and the Marine Institute website here.

Closing date for the current call is 16:00 on Thursday 7 February 2019.

Find examples of past projects and the research funded through previous NIAP awards here.

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FORESEA (Funding Ocean Energy through Strategic European Action)

On 7 January 2019, the FORESEA programme, of which SmartBay Ireland is a consortium member, launched a 5th call for project proposals. The call aims to help developers, of offshore low carbon technologies, to test their products or services in real sea environments. This end-of-project call has been launched due to continued demand for support of real-sea operations and demonstration projects from offshore technology developers and supply chain companies. Furthermore, this final call will help bridge the gap between FORESEA and a potential follow-up project.

The 5th FORESEA call for proposals is open until 25 January 2019.

Successful applicants must be able to test technologies during 2019, as FORESEA support for accessing the test facilities will end in December 2019.

Further information on the call is available from the project website.

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