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Beaufort Maritime Research Awards

The aim of the awards is to significantly develop overall research capacity particularly in priority areas of marine research as outlined in Sea Change: A Marine Knowledge, Research and Innovation Strategy for Ireland 2007-2013. Following the recent announcement by Mr. Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources of these awards, applications are now sought from research groups who wish to further develop their research teams.


The research groups should be located in Institutions on the Island of Ireland (32 counties) who have the capacity to conduct innovative research and to provide research training. While typically located in Higher Education Institutions, research groups/consortia located in other organisations actively collaborating with Higher Education Institutes, will also be considered.

Priority Research Areas:

Applications are sought from research groups who wish to develop their research capacity in any of the following five priority areas -

  • Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAF)
  • Marine Biodiscovery
  • Sensors and Communications Systems for the Marine Environment
  • Fish Population Genetics
  • Economic and Social Research related to Development Dynamics of the Marine Sector in Ireland.

In order to optimise the use of the research facilities of the Marine Institute, applicants are encouraged to consider such facilities when preparing applications.

Details of Funding Available:

Awards will be made to research groups to fund the following;

Principal Investigators

Up to seven years funding (subject to mid-term review) for researchers who have obtained a PhD and have a minimum of seven years post-doctoral research experience.


Up to seven years funding (subject to mid-term review) for researchers who have obtained a PhD and have usually completed a post-doctoral fellowship

PhD Studentships

These are 4 year awards to graduates with allowance for the students to carry out part of their PhD training at international centres of excellence.

Summer student placements

These placements are designed to introduce undergraduate students to the research activities of the groups.

Application and Closing Date:

As this is a group award scheme applications must be by research groups rather than individual researchers.

Guide for Applicants (doc 1,021Kb)  should be consulted.

This guide includes details of the 5 priority research areas, the information which must be provided as part of the application and the criteria used to evaluate the proposals. The awards will cover salaries (and stipends), associated employers' costs and a contribution to direct and indirect research costs.

An information meeting for applicants will be held at the Marine Institute Headquarters, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway, at 14:00 on Wednesday 25 April 2007.

Applications should be sent to Aengus Parsons, Sea Change Funding Office, Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway by 17:00 on Friday 11 May 2007. Application details are provided in the Guide for Applicants.


Contracts will be concluded with the successful research groups through their parent Institution (legal entity) following evaluation by international experts. The research groups will be responsible for the recruitment of the individual researchers and students following standard guidelines.