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In May Ministers Humphreys and Halligan announced an investment of €230 million in six SFI Research Centres as part of Project Ireland 2040. The €230 million investment made by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland, will directly benefit approximately 850 researchers employed by the centres, while also supporting the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland initiative. The investment is buoyed by industry support with 170 industry partners committing to investing over €230 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next six years.

MaREI is the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation, coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork. The Centre comprises over 200 researchers working with over 50 industry partners, focusing on defined global challenges such as the Energy Transition, Climate Action and the Blue Economy. MaREI delivers excellent research with societal impact by supporting business, informing policy and empowering society, resulting in the development of a dynamic research ecosystem that is responsive to the needs of all our stakeholders. As a driver of collaboration, our researchers engage with stakeholders across more than 36 countries, and have a proven track record of academic excellence.

Research Areas

  • MRE technologies
  • Materials and structures
  • Observation and operations
  • Coastal and marine systems
  • Bioenergy
  • Energy policy and modelling
  • Energy management

MaREI undertakes research related to the energy transition, climate action, and blue economy and uses this research to empowers business, shift policy and support society. MaREI helps small energy and marine companies to develop new technologies and provides strategic guidance to large energy companies, thereby harnessing the economic opportunities of the low carbon energy transition. MaREI research increasingly underpins energy and climate policies of the Irish Government and the European Union. Through engaged research and dialogue with communities, MaREI also supports the human and societal dimensions of climate action and marine conservation

In addition to fundamental scientific research, we undertake targeted collaborative research activities with a wide of companies, including over 50 industry partners. In so, doing we to seek maintain the forward momentum of the energy, climate, and marine sectors through the development of technologies, tools and processes that will accelerate them towards commercialisation.


  • Aer Lingus
  • Analog Devices International
  • ARUP Ireland Trust
  • Automsoft International
  • B9 Power
  • Brí Toinne
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • DePuy Synthes
  • DP Energy Ireland
  • ÉireComposites
  • Enervo Energy
  • Ervia
  • ESB
  • ESRI Ireland
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • GKinetic Energy
  • GRSI Energy
  • Henkel Ireland
  • IDS Monitoring
  • Irish Aviation Authority
  • Johns Manville
  • KOSMOS Energy Ireland
  • MAFIC Black Basalt
  • Marine Harvest Ireland
  • National Space Centre
  • NTR Foundation
  • Open Ocean Energy
  • Open Hydro
  • Pure Marine Gen
  • Qualitas Instruments
  • Resilience Energy
  • Resolve Marine
  • RPS
  • RSK Ireland
  • Shannon Foynes Port Company
  • Shell E&P Ireland
  • SkySails
  • SonarSim
  • Technology From Ideas
  • Techworks Marine
  • Teledyne BlueView
  • Teledyne RESON

MaREI also offers unique world-class infrastructure and testing facilities that allow the systematic identification and reduction of development risks through a structured ‘Technology Readiness Level’ (TRL) development cycle. These include: the Lir National Ocean Test Facility (Lir-NOTF); Limerick Docks tidal tow-testing facility; NUIG Structural Research Laboratory; Coastal Observing Radar System; and Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station.


MaREI’s public engagement programme focuses on the development of a better understanding of the relevance and impact of our research on society, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland. Our researchers engage with schools, community groups and the general public through a programme of outreach initiatives aimed at different audiences and by participating in events like Science Week, SeaFest, Cork Harbour Festival and FameLab.

MaREI researchers have considerable experience in stakeholder engagement, working with NGOs, industry, government bodies, local authorities, policy makers and community groups through their research projects, and are focused on communicating science to enable informed decision making.

Key Contact Details

Prof Jerry Murphy
Centre Director

Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir
Centre Director

Dee O’Connor
Marketing and Communications Manager

Dr Gillian Bruton
Centre Manager

Peter Hourihane
Scientific Programme Officer

Aoife Deane
Communications and Public Engagement Manager