Marine Institute announces new Eoin Sweeney Scholarship Award

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Galway’s Marine Institute, together with the PLOCAN (Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands) in Spain has announced a new PhD scholarship for ocean technology research.

The Eoin Sweeney Scholarship is a 4 year PhD scholarship in advanced ocean technology development and/or ocean observing stems.

It is named in honour of Eoin Sweeney (1947-2017) who was a key figure in establishing Ireland’s nascent ocean energy sector, including the development of crucial test-bed sites off the Irish coast opening opportunities for researchers and technology developers.

The programme aims to provide research training opportunities for scientists in oceanography, marine engineering and related marine science disciplines.

It will also establish collaboration between Ireland and Spain though research undertaken using the test-bed and demonstration facilities in both countries.

The Galway Bay Marine & Renewable Energy test site off the coast of Spiddal is Ireland’s premiere test bed for prototype marine technologies, including in renewable energy.

The scholarship also provides an invaluable opportunity for the scholar to spend two or three months per annum utilising the state-of-the art facilities in PLOCAN, Spain.

The Marine Institute has now announced a call for proposals from academic institutions in Ireland with the necessary competence to host and supervise the PhD scholar.

The scholarship can provide maximum funding of €120,000 over four years, and more details can be found in the Proposal Outline.

The closing date for applications through the Marine Institute is 4pm on Tuesday, July 21.

The Eoin Sweeney Scholarship is funded by the Marine Institute under the Marine Research Programme with the support of the Irish Government.