A public consultation until November 22, 2016, is seeking feedback on a new plan that sets out Ireland’s Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2016-2021.

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The draft strategy, prepared by the Marine Institute, outlines marine-related funding requirements across societal challenges, such as transport, food, energy and biodiversity. A review of marine research performance is reflected, along with policy sectoral drivers, to provide a guide for government and funding agencies of the gap in marine research as outlined in the national strategy, Innovation 2020.

Dr Peter Heffernan, Marine Institute chief executive, said the strategy aims to raise capacity across identified themes and to ensure funding is targeted to match requirements highlighted in State policies and sectoral plans.

“There is a high degree of coordination in the State’s approach to research funding as we have seen through the national research prioritisation exercise and Innovation 2020. We hope the Marine R&I Strategy will contribute to that coordinated approach, by providing important insights to funding agencies as how best to target their resources in the cross cutting area of marine research.”

The publication consultation seeks to collect views and opinions on the strategy, scope, objectives and expected impacts, and aims to build on progress made during the previous strategy, Sea Change 2007-2013.

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