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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Collaborative research

In addition to the funding we receive from UK Research Councils for academic research, there are also sources of funding to support collaborative research with one or more companies. This is typically to share the risk of pre-competitive research, and is designed to help companies to develop the products and services of the future. Where access to expertise and facilities is required to support a developmental project with a marine or maritime focus, the University of Southampton is your ideal partner.

Innovative UK

Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) invests in collaborative projects which involve collaboration between businesses and researchers on research and development projects in strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology. From these projects many successful new products, processes and services have emerged. Funding is available for Collaborative Research projects that address specific strategic priorities for the UK, and also as individual grants for SMEs under the TSB's SMART Scheme. Innovate UK also supports Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, a grant funded mechanism to transfer new knowledge and thinking into your organisation.


TSB Collaborative Research, Partnership with Deep Sea Recovery

One recent collaboration with Deep Sea Recovery Ltd focussed on the controlled removal of heavy objects from the seabed click here to read the case study.


European funds

SMMI is well placed to access European funding through the Horizon 2020 Programme. This covers marine science, maritime engineering and a range of other potential opportunities. Current programmes focus on blue growth and smart, green integrated transport.

SMMI is part of the emerging Vessels for the Future Public Private Partnership. This is the maritime equivalent of the aerospace Clean Sky initiative. If funded it will provide around €300m to deliver the technology roadmap for vessels from 2018-20.

One recent maritime project that was successfully awarded was 'Foul-x-spel', where University researchers are working with nine other industry and academic partners from across Europe to combat ship hull fouling through the development of an environmentally friendly surface protection.


EngDs from the University's Transport & the Environment Doctoral Training Centre

An EngD takes elements of both an MBA and PhD programme to deliver of programme of research to tackle an issue affecting your business. The first year is spent studying management units, with the following 3 years seeing the student based in your company, and because a lot of the cost is met by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the cost to your company can be as low as £8k per year.  Click here to find out further information.

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