Marine robotics innovation visits to Canada

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Opportunity for surface & underwater marine robotics innovation

Innovate UK's Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP), delivered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), is recruiting up to 15 ambitious innovative SMEs with emerging surface and underwater marine robotics systems and technologies.

Key topics of the programme include, but are not limited, to:

  • guidance, navigation and control
  • communication
  • mapping
  • localisation
  • actuation and sensing systems
  • manipulation and interaction
  • mission planning and control
  • autonomy
  • cooperative control
  • multi-vehicle networking and coordination
  • persistent monitoring
  • long endurance

As a successful applicant, you will benefit from an exclusive 12-month tailored wrap-around support programme delivered by a dedicated EEN advisor, aimed at building innovation partnerships and fostering future international growth.

The programme will start with a preparation phase to establish your key objectives and provide essential tools and information before the two innovation visits to Canada (subject to travel and other restrictions) taking place in November 2020 and June 2021.

Each will consist of tailored site visits, introductions to key players, and exclusive networking opportunities with like-minded Canadian businesses.

In June 2021, you will benefit from a high-profile presence at the H2O: Home to Overseas Conference, Industry Showcase and Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Between visits to Canada, you will get to meet with leading-edge industrial and research organisations at International B2B Matchmaking Events running in parallel to Oceanology International 2020 in London and Ocean Business 2021 in Southampton.

To participate in this programme your business must be an SME and established in the UK. Closing date for full application is 12 noon on 3 August 2020.

Register your interest to apply.

For more information about the programme and how to apply, you can contact Claire Griffin from Invest Northern Ireland on Tel 028 9069 8356 or email

First published 22 July 2020