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Core SMART partners include:

University College Cork (UCC)

UCC offers a number of undergraduate science degrees with marine applications including geology, geography, environmental science, life science programmes through the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and associate School (BEES) as well as energy and engineering through the School of Engineering (SE).

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG’s Ryan Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy Research is the home of 150 researchers and 150 postgraduate students whose focus includes (1) understanding and predicting climate, ecological, terrestrial and marine system changes, and their effects on human health and well-being, (2) research and development to support aquaculture, fisheries, offshore renewable energy and biodiscovery industries, (3) marine environmental informatics and (4) provision of scientific and technical information to guide socioeconomic and policy decisions.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is based at five locations in the west of Ireland. GMIT recently enhanced its marine research capacity through the development of the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre completed with refurbishment funding from the HEA. The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is housed within the centre, along with up to 30 postgraduate students and researchers.

University of Ulster (UU)

The University of Ulster is a multi-campus, co-educational university located in Northern Ireland. The School of Environmental Sciences is based on the stunning north coast of Ireland. With over 350 full-time undergraduate students, 250 postgraduate students and 40 academic, technical and administrative staff, the School is one of the largest in Britain and Ireland.

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)

AIT is an award-winning higher education institution located in the heart of Ireland. More than 6,000 students are undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Business, Humanities, Engineering and Science. €100 million has been invested in our campus since 2000, ensuring that students experience a world-class education with cutting-edge facilities.

Marine Institute (MI)

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). The institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland's 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard our marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.

Higher Education Authority (HEA)

The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland that supports the SMART programme. The role of the HEA is to create a higher education system that maximises opportunities and ensures a high quality experience for students.