Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) investment

NERC is investing £15 million for Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) and sensor development.

A £10 million investment will be made through the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of global marine science and technology innovation by developing a new 1500m depth-rated Autosub Long Range (ALR1500) and a new 6000m depth-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (Autosub6000 Mk2). This will support future under-ice and deep-ocean science, including a number of upcoming major marine research programmes such as the Changing Arctic Ocean programme.

There will also be investment in command-and-control systems for efficient fleet management, and new equipment to support the NERC-EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems, called NEXUSS (NEXt generation Unmanned System Science).

NERC will also invest up to £5 million in the development of novel marine sensors suitable for deployment on various submarine and surface platforms including the new MAS platforms described above.

Marine sensor development capital call

The marine sensor development capital call will support the development of the next generation of miniaturised, low-power sensors for increased endurance and capability. The resulting sensors will be integrated into the marine autonomous systems currently available or being developed at NERC's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - one of only half a dozen or so large oceanographic institutions world-wide, capable of undertaking and supporting global-scale ocean science.

Please note this call is now closed - details of the successful proposals can be found in the document below.

NERC 2016 Marine Sensor Development Capital Call - Panel outcomes (PDF, 72KB)


If you have any queries, please contact:

Sally Reid
01793 442565