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Marine-i is here to help your business grow through putting you in touch with the right specialist resources and support you need for marine technology development.

Take advantage of the most comprehensive marine research and innovation programme ever designed for the marine sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - designed to help your business reach its full potential.

Business Support

Within our project support team, we have experienced marine industry advisors with an established network of contacts. They understand exactly what business support and assistance you need to develop your project to its full potential and can guide and advise you at every stage of your marine innovation.

Research Support

Through Marine-i you can access the world-leading network of thought leaders and marine research facilities at University of Exeter and University of Plymouth. Dedicated Business Research Fellows and post-graduate level research staff are available to support marine businesses in areas of research, testing and evaluation, working within or alongside businesses.

Take advantage of the specialist expertise of Research Fellows in Electrical, Mechanical, Ocean Science and Technology.

Reimbursable grants from the Marine Challenge Fund, plus 100% grants of up to £2,000

This is a delegated marine grant scheme that has been specifically designed to drive marine sector research, development and innovation and help bring new marine products, processes and services to market. Subject to eligibility, reimbursable grants of £2,000 to £150,000 are available for projects with growth potential.

Businesses can also now access Rapid Innovation Grants. These are 100% grants of up to £2000 to help accelerate your innovation. The money can be used to purchase services or equipment to help take your idea or innovation to the next level.

Access to COAST Lab

Housed in the new Marine Building at the University of Plymouth, the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering. This is a flexible facility with the capability to generate short and long-crested waves in combination with currents at any relative direction, sediment dynamics, tidal effects and wind.

Access to renewable marine energy risk and cost reducing test facilities

We partner with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC), which is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy. OREC can offer testing facilities which help to reduce the risks and costs associated with marine renewables projects. OREC provide an open access and fully controlled onshore saltwater environment to perform verification activities, reliability and performance appraisals of new mechanical and electrical subcomponents and whole systems.

Graduate staff at a subsidised cost

Financial support is available to companies who take on graduates to help undertake innovation projects, for a period of 3,6 or 9 months. They are subject to payment of a minimum salary of £18k pa (pro rata) working a minimum of 3 days a week. A business development manager will work with businesses to scope projects, find suitable candidates and support the graduate throughout the project, while mentors will provide technical project focused advice and support to graduates in order to maximise the contribution of the graduate to the business.

The subsidy available for placements is as follows:

  • 3 months at £18k pa (pro rata) + 8% NI: £750 subsidy per graduate
  • 6 months at £18k pa (pro rata) + 8% NI: £1,500 subsidy per graduate
  • 9 months at £18k pa (pro rata) + 8% NI: £2,250 subsidy per graduate

'Discovery Room' events programme

Marine-i hosts regular special events which bring together thought leaders from industry, representatives from market-leading organisations, technology companies and research experts to discuss market challenges and potential solutions. These events offer great opportunities for you to network and share knowledge, exchange ideas on marine innovation and meet potential future partners.