About MarRI-UK

We are a collaborative innovation vehicle for UK industry and academia to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges. We will focus on research and innovation within mid TRL (3 – 7) levels to address the opportunities between "discovery and research" and "commercialisation" of Maritime Technologies and Systems. Learn more about us and how to get involved as a member.


Why join MarRI-UK?

  • Engage in multi-disciplinary research to achieve effective solutions
  • Accelerate technological innovation, optimising impact across the sector
  • Develop practical, flexible/ responsive solutions for the maritime sector
  • Achieve sector integration between industry representative, organisations, and academia
  • Enhance the reputation of the maritime sector within the UK global economies.

Which membership is for you

There are three types of membership to suit a wide variety of organisations:

How to join MarRI-UK

Please complete our Membership Enquiry Form, and we will be in touch.

'Smart Maritime Land Operations' Call Now Open for EoI Applications

MarRI-UK, supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), has allocated up to £1.35M to fund innovation projects through the Smart Maritime Land Operations (SMLOs) call. MarRI-UK is looking to place a single contract that could comprise of a single project or multiple projects worth up to £1.35M with a clear lead organisation.

The competition consists of 2 (two) stages:

  • Stage 1 - Expression of Interest (EoI): open for UK registered business, RTO, public sector organisation or charities.
  • Stage 2 - Full proposal: invitation only, if successful in the Expression of Interest Stage.

This is an Expression of Interest (EoI) Call (Stage 1). Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposal.

Stage 1 Timelines:

  • Opens: 30 November 2020
  • Closes: 15 February 2021

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News and Events
Career Opportunity: MarRI-UK Programme Manager

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Launch of the Society of Maritime Industries "Marine Autonomy Challenge 2021"

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Speech: Sarah Kenny keynote to Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2021

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Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2021

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John Murray, former SMI Chief Executive and driving force behind MarRI-UK, receives New Year’s Honour

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MarRI-UK Announces New Members

MarRI-UK is pleased to announce three new members have recently joined MarRI-UK.

Liverpool John Moores University has become the Sixth UK University to become one of MarRI-UK's University Members.

National Oceanographic Centre and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult have become Associate Members of MarRI-UK.

If you and your organisation are considering becoming members of MarRI-UK, please either use the Membership Tab to explore which Membership Option would be correct for you, or contact us directly via info@marri-uk.org.

MarRI-UK Seeks £530M for Zero-carbon Short Sea Shipping Coastal Network

Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) submitted a Comprehensive Spending Review bid seeking £530 million of Government co-investment for a programme that aims to encourage greater use of safe, zero-carbon short sea shipping network.

A Zero-carbon Coastal Highway programme to transform the UK goods distribution reliance on road haulage could enable the UK to become a leading innovator in the global maritime sector. The ambition is to move more than 25% of UK’s land haulage tonne km via a zero-carbon automated fleet by 2030. MarRI-UK estimates that a successful transition to the network will add £1.8 billion additional revenue to the UK, create 39,000 extra jobs and reduce land-based CO2 emissions by 30-40%.

The press release article can be found here.

MarRI-UK: Covid-19 Update

Thank you to everyone who has shown MarRI-UK support over the last year. Times may be difficult just now with everyone working from home but together we can generate technological innovations that will usher in a better and brighter future for UK Maritime.

If you have any issues or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via info@marri-uk.org. Please note that there may be a delay in responding.

Stay well and stay safe,

The MarRI-UK Team