The EU Interreg programme has committed €9.3m funding for a so called marine virtual centre of competence based at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research will recruit 34 PhD students and six post-doctoral research associates.

Participating institutions include Queen’s University Belfast, University of the Highlands and Islands, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ulster University and the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute.

The marine research will focus on tidal power at Strangford Lough and the north Antrim coast, ocean energy sites off western Scotland, and the potential for wave and tidal power generation off Ireland’s County Donegal.

Queen’s University Belfast aims to recruit its first 20 students to commence their studies in September.

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