National SBIR Contracts Awarded to Develop New Ways of Assessing Seaweed Resource in Ireland

28 October 2020

National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts awarded to develop new ways of assessing seaweed resource in Ireland

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To address the challenge towards achieving a national baseline of intertidal seaweed resource distribution in Ireland, the Marine Institute and Enterprise Ireland have awarded Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts to three Irish consortia, collectively involving four SMEs, two research groups and two industry partners. Phase 1 contracts will run over four months and expertise in satellite earth observation, drone and light aircraft operations, and multi frequency imagery analytics (multispectral and hyperspectral) will be deployed to assess and improve our understanding of Ireland's coastal marine habitat and ecosystems. Successful Phase 1 projects may proceed to scaled up demonstration activities and regional resource mapping during 2021.

This SBIR challenge is led by the Marine Institute in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and enables public bodies to fund research and drive innovation to address specific requirements not currently deliverable through the marketplace, via robust engagement with technology rich companies and organisations.
Further details can be found here 

Marine Institute - Seabed Survey
Galway Technology Park

T: + 353 91 730 400
F: + 353 91 730 470

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