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BG-11-2014 - Monitoring, dissemination and uptake of marine and maritime research

Specific challenge:The EU has been funding a large number of marine and maritime R&I projects spread across different programmes. Recent efforts have been made to monitor and facilitate access to information on these projects or their results. However, key tangible outputs are not always known or exploited when they could be of use to marine and maritime stakeholders, scientists and policy makers.

Scope: Proposals should develop a strategy to monitor and identify and select successful marine and maritime research projects in terms of outputs and impacts for the 'Blue Growth' agenda as well as support to the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. They should analyse key promising results, particularly those relevant for creating growth opportunities and social innovation. Projects to be taken into account should come from the Seventh Framework Programme ('Cooperation', 'People', 'Capacities' and 'Ideas' if relevant), ERA-NETs, CIP, Structural Funds and other relevant EU programmes. They should cover a wide scope of areas/sectors (environment, biotechnologies, food, transport, energy, ICT, materials, space, security, infrastructures…) including those that are relevant for maritime applications and the Blue Growth. Proposals should also consider and bridge with marine-related research and innovation activities to be funded under the various parts of Horizon 2020, especially through the Focus Area 'Blue Growth'.

Proposals should cover strategies for exploitation of research results including a targeted dissemination strategy towards key groups of marine/maritime stakeholders (including scientists and industry), as well as policy makers. Where relevant, proposals could be linked to the Competence Centre for Good Environmental Status, to be developed within the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Key marine/maritime events (European maritime days, large marine science/maritime industries conferences) should be used as dissemination/exploitation opportunities.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:

         Identify and make available ready-to-use knowledge/results to advance the Blue Growth Agenda and/or support the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the revised Common Fisheries Policy

         Demonstrate value creation from research results that are transferred during the project

         Strengthen communication, dissemination and exploitation of knowledge/technological developments between marine and maritime stakeholders

         Enhance the visibility and impact of marine/maritime research in society.

Type of action: Coordination and support actions