Mr Steve Rice

Mr Steve Rice

Marine-i Project Manager

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



I work with industry and academic expertise to develop collaborations using the university's new Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) CETUS 

The MBTC is the gateway for accessing comprehensive research and development support as well as cutting-edge facilities and expertise.

Providing services up to the bleeding edge of advanced marine technology development, the MBTC is supporting Devon-based SMEs through research, testing, proving and production. Through ERDF funding, we are pleased to be able to offer our services free of charge for eligible businesses.

Based in Endeavour House at the Oceansgate Marine Enterprise Zone in Devonport, the MBTC gives client access to the Smart Sound Plymouth proving zone, funding programmes, research and development support and links to other commercial collaborative partners to aid the production of cutting edge marine solutions.

Marine-i is an ambitious programme designed to enable innovation in the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The sector has been identified as an area of high growth potential for the region. 

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the project brings together expertise and key infrastructure from our partners: University of Exeter, Cornwall Development Company, University of Plymouth, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, The Cornwall College Group and Cornwall Marine Network.

The project focuses on four interconnected themes: marine energy, marine manufacturing, maritime operations and marine environmental technologies. We are here to stimulate and support research, development and innovation to help businesses exploit new market opportunities.

The Marine-i project runs until March 2020 and our goal is to support at least 100 businesses, including providing grant support to at least 66 businesses.

Based at Goonhilly Earth Station with the University of Exeter as the lead delivery partner, the centre partnership includes the University of Plymouth, Falmouth University, and has extensive commercial partner backing.

The centre is running a programme of:
  1. Wide engagement of existing business/innovation networks in the target markets, to transfer knowledge and to develop new satellite application concepts.
  2. Industry-led thematic engagements to focus researchers, business, communities and investors around specific satellite application opportunities.