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New opportunity to influence UK Marine industry research

30 Aug 2012

High technology companies have a significant chance to influence Government sponsored research. The Technology Strategy Board is planning a call for research by the marine industries, in January 2013.

Covering most aspects of ships, boats, submarines, and renewable energy devices, it is also being supported by DSTL and Scottish Enterprise. The call will build on the marine industries roadmap here.

The Alliance welcomes the plan as a very positive development, which will support marine companies, located across the UK. MIA member Ricardo is consulting with marine companies to assess the sector’s current level of innovation capability in two technology areas.

The two topics of interest are:

  • Clean and efficient propulsion & on-board power
  • On-board information, communications & control technology

The study will guide the Technology Strategy Board in defining the scope of the research. Participation in the capability study will give companies the chance to ensure their technology interests are fairly considered. Consultation questionnaires have been sent out. Workshops will be held in September and October.

Any company that may wish to participate but believes it has not been consulted, should contact Ricardo’s project team through David Hutton (
David.Hutton@ricardo.com, +44 (0)1273 794319).

Ricardo will gather information on technology capability, using this industry questionnaire. Through it, companies understood to be undertaking R&D in the UK that relates to the two topics of interest are being invited to indicate in which specific technology areas they are active.

Workshops will then be held in late September and early October to review the aggregated results and refine the analysis. The process will help to build up an accurate picture of the pattern of R&D undertaken in the UK in the two focus topics, and will indicate where the UK has the best potential to capitalise on the opportunities identified in the 2011 roadmapping study. The results are expected to be published in early 2013.

Ricardo has been commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board on behalf of the UK Marine Industries Alliance and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to undertake the study.

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