Strategic Partners

Through partnership with the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre your company can gain access to the wealth of knowledge and expertise of scientists and engineers based at the NOC.

Partnerships at the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre are available to those looking to work collaboratively with like-minded organisations to develop technologies for Marine Autonomous Systems.

The Innovation Centre is building a community of experts in the field of marine autonomy partnering on a range of opportunities. The Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems research group at the NOC has been at the forefront of AUV design and development for marine science applications for over 20 years. The NOC will share its extensive experience of deploying Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) in challenging environments for marine science applications, with companies developing MAS technology, to stimulate both new product and service development in a growth market offering significant commercial opportunities.

Specifically the centre aims to encourage and support:

  • Development of technologies and systems that create a step change in MAS capability
  • An exchange of ideas and information to facilitate wider adoption of MAS
  • Collaborative projects that respond to national and international challenges more effectively
  • Leveraging of supporting public funding for specific Research and Development
  • Development and demonstration of new technology via access to research facilities and equipment at the National Oceanography Centre.

The centre will also provide information about regulation and legislation, risk and reliability, communication, and control relating to MAS.

Innovation Centre partners will work on novel projects, not currently market ready, with the long-term aim of the advancement of the national capability in MAS technology.

Partners will have access to NOC laboratories, workshops and testing facilities.

We are actively seeking new strategic partners working on power capabilities, sensors, communications and the creation of new autonomous platforms.


“The Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at NOC has been fundamental to the development of ecoSUB AUVs. The centre provides an excellent environment that facilitates collaboration between Planet Ocean and National Oceanography Centre engineers. We regularly benefit from access to a wide range of stakeholders, project and funding opportunities, all of which have informed and supported our R&D effort.”

Planet Ocean Ltd

“Completing our second full year as a member of the NOC Innovation Centre partnership, we find within this openly proactive business cohort every opportunity to rub shoulders with associated marine industry innovators, developers, and operators, including current and future business partners. Fully supporting the ethos of this partnership we have embraced the cooperative allegiance, supported development aspirations, and integrated well within this centre of Marine Scientific, Academic and Industrial expertise. Thales are set to continue for the foreseeable future and are proud to be a member of this valuable teaming community.”

Thales UK, Defence Mission Systems

“L3 ASV has been a member of the Innovation Centre since its inception and have benefited extensively from new partnerships, projects and connections developed within the Innovation Centre’s family and the wider NOC.”