As part of the OPIN project, partners will offer a high-level Technology Assessment Process (TAP) to SMEs which is free of charge. TAPs can look at either a whole system, a sub-system, or component level. TAPs are an evidence-based assessment conducted through an informal interview process.
During a TAP, OPIN partners will discuss with the technology developer design principles, opportunities to de-risk onward development and the route to commercialisation (product to market). The TAP will look for opportunities to transfer technology from other sectors into ocean energy, or to grow technology that is already within the ocean energy sector
The TAP is open to developers in the ocean sector who are looking to develop their technology and to developers in other sectors who are looking for opportunities to transfer technology into ocean energy.
TAPs will be delivered by OPIN Project Partners to eligible SMEs. TAPs will be provided by a small team comprising OPIN partners, depending on which partners are best placed, in terms of location or expertise, to the suit the SME and the topic of the TAP.
Applicants may apply for a TAP voucher at any time during the OPIN project duration (2019-2021). The OPIN Steering Group will consider TAP applications on a monthly basis.
Applicants should be located in one of the OPIN regions:Ireland; Scotland; Other UK; Netherlands; Flanders (Belgium); and Pays de la Loire (France)
Applicants may apply for a TAP voucher at any time. The OPIN Steering Group will consider TAP applications on a monthly basis.
Applicants should complete a TAP Application Form and an SME Declaration Form (in English) and submitted them to OPIN@seai.ie. Documents available for download at the bottom of the page.
Before applying, it is recommended that the company gets in touch with one of the OPIN partner to discuss the project idea and TAP process.
Evaluation and Selection
Evaluation of applications will be completed by the OPIN Steering Group once a month based on the following criteria:
Applicant is compliant with the abovementioned eligibility criteria
Completion of the TAP application form and supporting documents
Strength of the Scientific/Technical Approach, ability to competently carry out the project/development and impact. More details are available in the OPIN TAP Guidelines to Applicants available for download at the bottom of this page.
Applicants will be notified of the decision shortly after the Steering Group meeting has taken place.
The value of the service provided will be €2,000.
The SME is not required to provide any financial contribution to the cost of a TAP but staff must be available for meetings and any information necessary to conduct the TAP must be available to the TAP provider.