The ProtoAtlantic project, which aims to develop and validate a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector, has opened a call for entrepreneurs to apply for free testing of their technologies at several test facilities.
Funded by Interreg Atlantic Area, the project aims to develop and validate a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector in the Atlantic Area, according to a press release. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Innovalia Association, INESC TEC, University College Cork, EMERGE, Cork County Council, and Technopole Brest Iroise are working in partnership to deliver the ProtoAtlantic project.
The fast-tracked acceleration program uses the expertise within the project partnership to offer candidates a product development process that runs from concept to pre-commercial trials.
The call is targeted at three marine sectors:
- Renewable energy
- Blue biotechnology
- Marine robotics
A press release says that other relevant technology sectors in the marine environment with high growth potential will also be considered for the program but does not elaborate what these might involve.
Successful candidates will have the opportunity to test and validate their technology at several test facilities:
- European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland,
- Lir National Ocean Test Facility in Ireland,
- Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science in Portugal,
- Marine Park in Spain
This process will be underpinned by an approved verification process, which will ensure the credibility of technologies.
The closing date for applications is February 4, 2019. The testing period for successful applicants will conclude in October 2020.