Marine Institute SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP) 2016
The call for applications under the Marine Institute SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP) is now open. The goal of NIAP is to continue the expansion of the Infrastructure user base to encompass research teams, Small & Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and Multinational Companies (MNC’s), nationally and internationally, and demonstrate significant socio-economic impact through the growth of an associated industry base that commercialises research outputs, or uses the technologies to enhance productivity.
The SmartBay NIAP fund will be made available in this call through the Marine Institute to enable researchers to access the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site. Research proposals are invited for funding under a number of thematic areas as outlined below.
This fund will provide awards up to a maximum of €25K per application to research teams through a national competitive process, which will be open to all higher education institutions on the island of Ireland.
Available Infrastructure includes access to a cabled observatory, equipped with a cabled underwater node that provides power and data connectivity to instruments, sensors and other equipment, SmartBay’s instrumented data buoy as well as data management and marine operations support.
Applications will be accepted from research performing organisations (Higher Education Institutions, Public Research Bodies and industry) within the Island of Ireland. Projects utilising the cabled observatory are encouraged and will be given priority; however, other projects will be considered. Industry academic collaborative projects are encouraged where possible.
Application Procedure & Deadline:
- Applications are open for the research themes listed below.
- The closing date for submission of applications is Friday, 17th June at 5.00pm.
- Please note that you must contact the SmartBay team before submitting your proposal.
Applications should be submitted by softcopy by the deadline above and in hardcopy thereafter.
Detailed application guidelines and an application form can be downloaded by following the links below:
SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme Application Guidelines 2016
SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme Application Form 2016
Oceanography & Related Bio-chemistry
• Research focused on harmful algae blooms, optical and acoustic properties of seawater, ocean currents, waves, local or regional circulation and other basic marine research.
Fisheries & Aquaculture
• Fisheries: Monitoring of fish stocks, environmental conditions and developing methods of observing fish stocks.
• Aquaculture: Monitoring fish health, environmental conditions, harmful algae blooms and decision support tools
Novel Marine Technologies
• Research focused on progressing novel sensors up the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale, intelligent systems and sensor platforms, marine technologies such as antifouling coating technologies and the application of information and communication technologies to the marine sector.
Testing and Demonstrating
• Testing and demonstrating of environmental sensors, marine sensors and prototype Wave Energy Converters (WEC) and components for WEC
Please note that you must contact the SmartBay team before submitting your proposal.
Interested applicants should contact Rogerio Chumbinho to discuss their proposed project:
Senior Project Manager
Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore
+353 (0)91 387 545