We work with a number of projects with the Welsh European Funding Office, part of the Welsh Government which manages the delivery of EU Structural Funds programmes in Wales:
Bluefish will develop knowledge and understanding of the marine resources of the Irish Sea and Celtic Seas by addressing knowledge gaps regarding the effects on and potential vulnerability of selected commercial fish and shellfish from predicted climate change. Through the transfer of knowledge, transnational expertise and best practice with respect to study and management of commercial fish, shellfish and aquaculture under a climate change context, and through the strong marine science partnership of the consortium (4 Irish and Welsh HEIs, the Marine Institute and BIM), our aim is to provide region-wide adaptation strategies for the benefit of coastal communities. Bluefish will assess and disseminate knowledge of risks and opportunities for commercial fish and shellfish under predicted climate change impacts to our stakeholder groups, SMEs, coastal communities and interested parties in both Ireland and Wales using a variety of mediums that will appeal to all sectors.
DSP Centre of Excellence
The DSP Centre of Excellence is a £6M research centre, part of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering in the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Bangor University. It is located at M-SParc, Bangor University’s Science Park. We develop leading edge digital signal processing (DSP) technologies to enable advanced and intelligent systems with a focus on communication technologies such as 5G mobile networks and their associated ecosystems. The DSP Centre is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, administered through the Welsh Government.
Dŵr Uisce aims to improve the long-term sustainability of water supply, treatment and end-use in Ireland and Wales through the development of innovative technology platforms, undertaking economic and environmental impact assessments, and developing policy and best practice guidelines to facilitate integrated low-carbon and smart energy solutions for the water sector. The Dŵr Uisce project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Co-operation programme 2014–2020
The aim of ISPP (Irish Sea Portal Pilot) is to test the feasibility of a larger project (The Irish Sea Portal (ISP)) which will provide a platform that can meet the requirement for knowledge flow in order to generate growth in fisheries and aquaculture. The Pilot will facilitate the formation of one cluster in order to test the principles of the ISP. This cluster will be focused on a study of juvenile shellfish larvae and seabed settlement. It will explore the siting of potential shellfish seed collection sites and the feasibility of seed collector deployment within the study area. This cluster will broaden understanding of shellfish larvae movement within the Irish Sea and its surrounds followed by larval settlement patterns where they are termed ‘seed’. This is a resource shared across the Irish Sea that crosses regional and national boundaries and has a significant economic impact in part of an industry worth some 254m euros.
KESS2 (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships) supports collaborative research projects (Research Masters and PhD) with external business partners.
The North Wales Business Academy (NWBA) aims to encourage business growth and competitiveness across the region. The programme enables employers to identify and address the specific training needs of their organisation and to build quality leadership and management skills of the workforce. Short accredited courses covering a range of business focused themes will allow employees to acquire the necessary essential skills to help develop and expand the business. This three year initiative is part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), through the Welsh Government.
SEACAMS2 (Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors) assists the coastal and marine sector to expand sustainably by integrating research and business opportunities.
The Shellfish Centre is a research & innovation initiative supporting development of the shellfish sector in Wales. The Centre will collaborate with businesses to deliver science to support growth. The main focus of the project is shellfish aquaculture and the related supply chain, with scope also for research to support new/underexploited shellfisheries and aquaculture of non-shellfish species that are compatible with shellfish production.
Centre for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB)
- Establish a leading facility in mining the Environment (Biosphere) for novel enzymes and biomolecules of industrial biotechnological relevance
- Green growth through innovative use of natural resources
- Exploitation of extremophilic microbes with very distinctive metabolisms allowing them to survive in different extreme environments
- Capitalise on major competitive advantage of Bangor University in this field
- Filling a key gap in the existing Welsh R&D capacity, adding a critical new component to the existing successful network of collaborating Welsh centres
Smart Efficient Energy Centre (SEEC)
SEEC is a £7M research centre working across three low carbon energy sectors: ocean energy, nuclear energy, and energy efficient structures. The three themes are interconnected by a common cyberinfrastructure hub.
SEEC has received £4.6M in funding support from the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).