ProtoAtlantic are delighted to announce that a call has opened for the ProtoAtlantic Customized Scale Start-Ups Support Program at Lir NOTF (Ireland).

The Lir-National Ocean Test Facility (Lir NOTF) is Ireland’s primary facility for testing and development of offshore technologies and has a long track record in supporting offshore renewable energy (ORE), marine robotics, and marine biotechnology technologies through early stage TRL development. ProtoAtlantic and Lir NOTF have teamed up to offer a Customized Scale Start-Ups Support Program which will provide free access to the facilities of Lir-NOTF to marine technology developers across the Atlantic Area.

This access programme to the Lir-NOTF is designed to enable the testing and progression of ORE technologies through the early development stages in advance of open sea testing. It is open to any type of ORE technology (wave, wind, tidal, floating solar), marine biotechnology, and marine robotics that can be tested at the Lir NOTF.

Applicants will also be given the opportunity to avail of customized business support which will involve a business-oriented supporting process with high-level experts and coaches.

All prospective applicants should consult the applicant guidelines prior to any submission: Download Applicant Guidelines

Completed application forms should be returned to BOTH ianpower@ucc.ie  AND protoatlanticEU@gmail.com  with all necessary documentation before 23rd of December 2022.

Please note the following:

  • Applicants are required to contact the test facility to discuss proposed plans prior to applying (ianpower@ucc.ie).
  • The maximum access that will be granted is two weeks of tank testing.
  • All testing must be completed by May 2023 with feedback submitted within two weeks post testing


Download Application Form