CINMarS: Combining Innovation in Maritime and Space

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Funding Body

European Space Agency Earth Observation Envelope Programme.


University College Cork

Research Area

Coastal & Marine Systems, Observation & Operations

Core Teams Involved

Marine Governance, Earth Observation & GIS Applications

Key Contact

Rory Scarrott




“Unlocking Opportunities in the Maritime-Space sector”

CINMarS was a strategic initiative funded by the European Space Agency, aiming to support the development of stronger links between the space and maritime sectors. It identified mechanisms to underpin a short to medium-term strategy or roadmap for actors in both sectors.  This roadmap enables industry and policy leaders to (i) enhance our ability to formulate an improved understanding of requirements, (ii) foster more opportunities for joint working, and (iii) promote innovation to support and increase employment and economic opportunities, through undertaking recommended actions and amendments to their current way of operating.

CINMarS partners worked closely with members of the maritime and space communities to analyse business-cluster working practices, approaches to innovation support approaches, and innovation support mechanisms currently in use.

The CINMarS team committed to:

  • Assess the capability of Clusters to contribute to unlocking maritime-space opportunities. 

  • Deliver a stakeholder-led strategy for driving innovation in the maritime-space intersection, and harnessing the ideas generated. 

  • Clarify the mechanisms and tools which need to be implemented to support innovation generation and harnessing. 

  • Develop a roadmap to direct clusters and their supporting agencies on the path to driving Maritime-Space innovation

Check out the Outputs page for a full list of what the CINMarS initiative produced, and scope out the research underpinning the final roadmap of recommended actions.

This project was carried out by six partners across three Atlantic countries, led by University College Cork (UCC). Partners represent three renowned maritime innovation clusters. (IMERC, FÓRUM OCEANO, Norut).

For further information on the CINMarS Initiative, contact Rory Scarrott.

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