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ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme

ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme

​The ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme helps innovators and start-ups develop new solutions that support safe, secure and thriving oceans.

Over a series of key challenges, participants will get the chance to develop these solutions using ADMIRALTY data sets, with winners receiving an opportunity to launch their products into some of the world's fastest growing marine sectors.

Across the programme participants can receive:

  • Access to ADMIRALTY data sets, ranging from seabed composition samples and bathymetric profiles of the seafloor, to tidal and navigational information

  • The chance to develop their own solutions alongside a wide range of leading UK Hydrographic Office experts in research, design and development during sprint design challenges

  • Opportunity to win a range of prizes and launch their products in key marine markets with UK Hydrographic Office support


Accelerating growth in Offshore Renewable Energy challenge

For this challenge, the UKHO and Cefas are looking for participants to develop solutions that use marine geospatial data to identify new areas for Offshore Renewable Energy and optimise the performance of existing infrastructure. 

Each entrant will have access to world leading marine geospatial data, with winners receiving prizes worth £75,000 and the opportunity to launch their product in a sector estimated to be worth £178bn by 2030.

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Transforming Maritime Risk & Insurance Challenge

For this challenge, we are looking for participants to identify, trial and prove how marine geospatial data can be used to enhance maritime insurance products.

Each entrant will have access to world leading ADMIRALTY data and expertise, with winners receiving prizes worth £75,000 and an opportunity to launch their product in a sector estimated to be worth £18.5bn by 2030.


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Autonomous Navigation Challenge

We launched our programme with a challenge to identify, trial and prove how navigational data can be used to support the safe navigation of Marine Autonomous Surface Ships. 

The successful team will be announced on 2 November, after which the UKHO will provide support to take the winning solution to market.


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Future innovation challenges

Throughout 2020 and 2021, we will launch a number of challenges that give innovators a chance to develop solutions for maritime insurance, tidal and wave energy generation, blue carbon sequestration and sea-level rise modelling. Dates will be confirmed in the coming months.