An EU funded project to stimulate networks and innovation in marine renewables, unlocking and developing the research potential of research entities established in the EU´s Convergence regions and Outermost regions. Marine Energy Research, Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator - MERIKA.


MERIKA is an ambitious initiative by UHI. The project revolves around the concept of turning the UHI Faculty of Science, Health and Engineering into a reference research and innovation hub for all of Europe on the theme of marine energy. The region is endowed with a unique environment that enables research “where the resource is” for ocean wave, tidal and offshore wind power. Marine energy has the potential to meet a growing share of Europe’s energy demands in the years to come. Research is needed to improve predictability, forecast techniques and to provide equipment and instruments’ interactions to better manage development processes within a well preserved environment.

UHI already has a consolidated position within the international research community and MERIKA represents the opportunity for a leap forward to acquire and reinforce its status of “reference centre” in Europe. The project relies on cooperation with 7 high profile scientific institutions in Europe and is centered on two main blocks of activities. One intervenes on capital (human and physical) and one develops innovation and protection or exploitation of knowledge. The first block consists of: a comprehensive mobility programme with partnering organisations, a recruitment plan responding to precise needs for multidisciplinary competences to efficiently link different research strands, and a crucial upgrade in infrastructure, to enable UHI to function as the reference European hub for marine energy research. The component developing innovation and protection and exploitation of knowledge will focus on the use of complementary funds, the reinforcement of international collaboration and the definition of a coherent innovation policy to enhance UHI’s potential in its cooperation with industry and other stakeholders of the marine energy arena.

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The accelerator partners

  • (Coordinator) University of Highlands and Islands
  • Technical University, Hamburg
  • National University, Galway
  • Wave Energy Centre, Portugal
  • Imares Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • SINTEF, Norway
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
  • University of Nordland, Norway

UHI team

Research, project management and administration for the University of the Highlands and Islands Marine Energy Research and Innovation Accelerator (MERIKA) team are located at the Environmental Research Institute - North Highland College UHI (Thurso), Lews Castle College UHI (Stornoway), the Scottish Association of Marine Science - UHI (Dunstaffnage, Oban) and the University of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Directorate (Inverness).

  • Thurso
    • Marine Ecologist
    • Physical Oceanographer / Hydrodynamic Modeller
    • Fisheries Scientist
  • Stornoway
    • Research Fellow – Marine Energy
    • Research Associate - Marine Energy
    • Senior Research Associate
  • Dunstaffnage, Oban
    • Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Marine Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Research Fellow - Marine Planning
    • Postgraduate Research Associate - Ecology
    • Acoustician in Ambient Underwater Sound

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Key information and contact details

You can find more information at the Research accelerator web pages

Project Manager: Damian Collins

T: +44 [0]1463 255893

Programme Officer: Morgane Artacho

T: +44 (0)1463255894

MERIKA, UHI Executive Office, 12b Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5SQ