The SmartBay NIAP fund was made available in 2012 through Dublin City University over a two year period to enable researchers to access the SmartBay Ireland National Test and Demonstration Facility in Galway Bay. Research proposals were invited for funding under
a number of activity types that are in line with the objectives of the SmartBay PRTLI Cycle 5 programme.
This fund provided small awards (typically €2-25K) to research teams through a national competitive process, which was open to all higher education institutions on the island of Ireland. There were both open and biannual calls.
The SmartBay NIAP fund was established to enable researchers in academia and industry to access the SmartBay Ireland national test and demonstration infrastructure. Proposals to access the infrastructure were brief and required information on the researcher(s), a description of the proposed research and its potential impact to the research team arising from the access to SmartBay Ireland.
National Infrastructure Access Programme Projects Report 2012-2014
National Infrastructure Access Programme Projects Report 2014-2016
The SmartBay National Access Programme provides researchers in all Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology, Research Institutes and SME's with access to SmartBay Irelands facilities and expertise through the provision of monetary aid up to €2,000 per project. Details of successful project proposals both past and current can be found here.
The SmartBay NIAP Large Scale Project aims to provide researchers with the opportunity to access the SmartBay Ireland National Test and Demonstration Facility in Galway Bay. NIAP Large Scale calls for research proposals under a number of activity types which fall within the objectives of the SmartBay PRTLI Cycle 5 programme.
This fund provides awards (up to a maximum of €25K per application) to research teams through a national competitive process, which is open to all higher education institutions on the island of Ireland. Details of successful project proposals both past and current can be found here.
The SmartBay Ireland National Infrastructure Access Fund is currently supporting three prestigious research projects through the Irish Research Councils Enterprise Partnership Scheme.
The Enterprise Partnership Scheme is an innovative initiative whereby the Irish Research Council, in partnership with private enterprises and public bodies, awards co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland.
Dublin City University are supporting two projects led by Prof Fiona Regan and the National University of Ireland, Galway project will be led by Dr. Enda Howley and Dr. Jim Duggan. John Breslin Rogério Chumbinho and Regina McNulty who are leading the research team on behalf of SmartBay.
Throughout the life time of the projects SmartBay Ireland will support the successful students in a wide variety of research areas, such as: data visualisation from our sub-sea cabled observatory; flood management analytics; the development of materials to mitigate the effects of marine growth and the detection of harmful algae blooms. All projects will utilise the National marine test & demonstration facility managed by SmartBay Ireland in Galway Bay. The SmartBay team will provide data and technical support to ensure the success of these applied projects
Further detials on the projects can be found here.