Marine-i announces new fund to pioneer data technologies

8th November, 2018

By Andrew James

Marine-i has made up to £500,000 available for businesses to develop innovative marine data technologies and applications.


Marine-i is part funded by the EU and was set up to ‘help foster innovation in the marine industry in Cornwall’.

The announcement of the fund contained a quote from Professor Lars Johanning of University of Exeter, lead partner within Marine-I, extracts of which give some background the fund:

“It is intended that this grant support will lead to new technologies which will reduce costs, create more advanced surveillance systems, and improve the accuracy of offshore monitoring.  In this region, we benefit from the world class facilities and infrastructure available to marine technology businesses, including at the University of Plymouth. Data drawn from the University of Plymouth’s High Frequency Radar array on the North Cornwall coast could be used to provide supporting data sets for these grant applications”

Headline criteria 

  • To be eligible for funding, companies must base their funded activity in Cornwall
  • Funded activities must also create a benefit for the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Projects of all sizes are encouraged but it is anticipated that businesses will request funding support of between £20,000 and £50,000 from this funding call
  • Small to medium sized enterprises are eligible for up to 70% funding for their project

Project proposals must be submitted by midnight on 16 November 2018.

More information can be found here.

Next steps

I will be disseminating this information to my colleagues in the Truro office with clients in the marine sector and our Marine Team.  I will also be looking to share this blog post through Software Cornwall.

Any of you who think you may have an eligible project, I would suggest you make contact with Marine-i to discuss the outline of your project.  If you require any assistance with the application itself then please do not hesitate to contact me.

By way of happy coincidence, this blog is being posted up on the same day as the Cornwall Marine Conference 2018 entitled “unchartered waters: a voyage into the future”.

Scott Bentley and others from the Marine Team will see you there – if you are lucky enough to have got tickets – it is sold out!

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