The North Sea is one of the busiest stretches of water in the world and the extent of human activities both above and below the surface has been well documented. The many nations that border the North Sea have established a track record of studying its waters.
The many structures that occupy the predominantly sandy seabed of the North Sea have been of interest to institutions across Northern Europe specialising in marine science.
Under the Foundation Phase of research funding was distributed amongst some of the leading marine science institutions of the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. With the second phase funded by NERC all projects in receipt of funding are led by UK institutions.
In 2021 Ithe programme announced new funding for PhD projects in support of the INSITE research objectives. The process of allocating this funding is almost complete. More information coming soon.