A Marine Science and Technology Partnership Programme for the island of Ireland

Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART)

The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is a marine science partnership programme for developing Ireland’s capacity for marine science, research, and monitoring.

It achieves this by:

  1. Supplying accredited offshore marine science training programmes to higher education institutes.
  2. By training undergraduate and postgraduate students in needed offshore data collection and sampling skills
  3. Maintaining effective collaboration between higher education institutes, the Marine Institute and Ireland’s national seabed mapping programme INFOMAR.
  4. Delivering structured access to Ireland’s research vessel for third level students throughout Ireland.
  5. Building Ireland’s reputation as a global destination for training and mentoring in offshore marine science.

SMART is based in the Atlantic Technological University in Galway. 2023 partners include the Marine Institute, Atlantic Technical University, University of Galway, and University College Cork, INFOMAR and Geological Survey Ireland.

SMART Training Programmes

Call Open: SMART MI Research Vessel Bursaries 2024

The Marine Institute, in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), is thrilled to announce 25...

Deferred: Science@Sea 2023 Tom Crean Training Survey

A Science@Sea marine data collection training survey will take place on the 15th and 16th of February in Cork Harbour...

Call Open: Science@Sea 2022

Two Science@Sea training surveys in multidisciplinary marine science will take place from the 14th to 17th of March in Cork...

Marine Institute SMART Research Vessel Bursaries 2022

The Marine Institute in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is offering up to 27...