Scientific excellence depends on investing in both technologies and people. The FMRI programme will run demonstrator missions that create training opportunities for the science community, build confidence in innovative technologies, and explore the opportunities for enabling new and different science.

The UK is demonstrating real international leadership by taking such a comprehensive, holistic and forward-looking approach to transitioning its research capability, and I am both excited and honoured to be able to play a part in that.

Dr. Katy Hill, FMRI Lead Scientist


  • BIO-Carbon NZOC Demonstrator Mission

    • Dr. Adrian Martin
    • National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
    • This project is augmenting NERC’s BIO-Carbon investment, enhancing funded science by enabling an additional autonomous demonstrator mission. This mission will showcase the potential of autonomy as an alternative to traditional, ship-based expeditions for addressing certain science questions.
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  • Wispa

    • Prof. Mark Inall
    • Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
    • This project is demonstrating the ability to use shore-launched autonomy for data harvesting from underwater sensor networks. The gathering of seabed pressure measurements along the UK ocean boundary demonstrates the potential of autonomy to provide a lower-cost, low-emission alternative for recovering data from remote sensors.
  • Autonomous Environmental Surveying for Ocean Prediction

    • Prof. Mark Inall
    • Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
    • By providing continuous data to both the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) and the UK Met Office, this project is proving the ability to make science data accessible to non-science users. It is fostering relationships that support the alignment of science capability and policy-led environmental monitoring to maximise the impact of the future research infrastructure.