The Ocean Energy Prototype Development Fund is closed. Please see below for information on available ocean energy funding.

SEAI’s Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme Call

Ocean Projects can apply for funding through SEAI’s Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme call. For more information please visit the Research Development and Demonstration Funding Programme section.


Ocean Energy European Research Area Network Cofund

Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund (OCEANERA-NET COFUND) is a five-year project supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. This project, operating from 2017 to 2021, will build on the work of the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (OCEANERA-NET).

OCEANERA-NET COFUND’s 2nd Joint Call for funding was launched on January 8th 2019 on the OCEANERA-NET COFUND website. €6.8 million funding is available for collaborative R&D projects in ocean energy.

The deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest for the Joint Call is 1 March 2019. The deadline for the submission of Project Proposals is 5th April 2019.

Applicants are advised to submit expressions of interest as soon as possible. Feedback will be provided within two weeks and preparation of full proposals can then start. Please note, the Expressions of Interests will not be approved online until 8th March. This is due to the set up of the online system. Applicants should not wait for this approval to proceed with their proposals.

The Ocean Energy Era-Net Networking Platform has been created to help applicants develop project proposals for the call by providing online an tool to post project ideas, company profiles, seek partners and set up meetings.

Eligible Countries and Regions

Project proposals must be transnational, with a minimum of two independent partners from two different countries or regions. To be eligible for funding support through the Joint Call partners must be located in the following countries or regions:

  • Flanders (Belgium)
  • Ireland
  • Pays de la Loire (France)
  • Portugal
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Call Topics

The call topics to be addressed by proposed projects are as follows:

  • Ocean energy devices
  • Components and sub-systems
  • Grid connection and power systems
  • Materials and structures
  • Installation, operations and maintenance
  • Resource and impact assessment

Submitting a Proposal

The documents relating to the Joint Call are available to download from the OCEANERA-NET COFUND Joint Call webpage. Please read the Call Announcement and Guide for Applicants carefully to understand eligibility and application requirements. Expressions of Interest and Proposals must be based on the templates provided.

Information on the eligible costs and percentage funding levels available to Irish applicants through the call can be found in the SEAI Budget Policy.

Further Information

Further information on the Joint Call and news on upcoming information events will be published on the OCEANERA-NET COFUND website.

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