Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute


Wolfson unit working with Puma designers (D Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race)

Accessing our knowledge and expertise

SMMI’s mission is to help the marine and maritime sectors to grow their research base to compete effectively in an increasingly knowledge driven economy. We work with businesses to help apply the knowledge from our research into real-world, innovative applications. We have strategic partnerships with key organisations like Lloyd’s Register, Shell and the RNLI. These have evolved from initial project activities started many years ago. Our collaboration with you could be the start of something similar.

Collaborative research

There are many ways to begin collaborative research including various UK and EU funded programmes. SMMI can help to find the right academics and the best funding mechanisms to suit your ideas whether they are short term, focused projects or more fundamental longer-term research.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs):
KTPs are government funded instruments designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills.


We have a long-established reputation of interacting with industry with a highly regarded commercial focus and professional approach. The University has specialist consultancy units dedicated to working with business.

Longer-term strategic partnerships

As research collaborations evolve some organisations take advantage of establishing a framework for organising research and consultancy projects quickly and easily. SMMI has model agreements designed to reduce the administration involved in multiple projects.

Facilities, equipment and expertise

Accessing our wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, with the associated technical expertise on its use, can save businesses time, money and reduce the risks of investing in new equipment.

Student projects

An easy, cost effective and low risk way to get started is through a student project. This can be as part of a degree programme or as a summer internship.

Innovate UK and EU Funding

SMMI has a long history of successful projects in both marine science and maritime engineering funded by Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). We also have extensive experience of EU funding. A list of our projects can be found here [link to searchable project page]. Typically these projects enable businesses to develop innovative products supporting economic growth.