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ERA-NET MARitime TEChnologies II

Periodic Report Summary 2 - MARTEC II (ERA-NET MARitime TEChnologies II)

Project Context and Objectives:
The aim of this initiative is to strengthen the European Research Area in waterborne research by coordinating and developing synergies between national and regional maritime research programmes and policies. The activities will include: exchange of information and knowledge among national programme owners and programme managers as well as the implementation of distinct joint activities.

By 2014, the MARTEC II project had brought together 30 ministries and organisations responsible for funding research in maritime technologies across 25 different European countries. All together these countries represent more than 95 % of the gross tonnage (GT) of shipbuilding output in Europe which shows that this network already covers the EU key players in maritime technology.

MARTEC II has created and established a common research and funding platform for long-lasting cooperation by deepening and broadening the cooperation of the national funding organisations and by inviting partners from additional new countries to join the platform.

At the moment, different countries handle maritime research in different ways. In fact, some do not even have a specific maritime programme, which means that this important sector may be absorbed into broader areas of research. There are also huge differences in the way research is administered in different European countries. The European sector must maximise the value of research by creating a sustainable R&D strategy that can bring together Europe’s key players.

MARTEC II had focused on funding issues and created a network of key funding agencies that will improve the way in which maritime technologies research is managed and developed. This network produced a strategy for future research funding, and encouraged the development of transnational programmes of activity able to reflect the needs of the maritime industry.

The main objectives of the second phase of the project were Common Procedures, Coordinated research, Joint activities, and Cooperation and Sustainability issues.

Common procedures, which will survive for a longer time, will be needed. Therefore common procedures (common calls, common evaluation, common monitoring, common reporting and further common procedures) for future cooperation need to be further established in MARTEC II. A handbook for project handling was developed within the first project reporting period. An update has been published with each call.

A project database with more than 400 projects of 2008 and later is available already. MARTEC II is still discussing the mapping process and the future of the maritime database..

Cooperation barriers will appear more visible during the lifetime of a call as well as later during the runtime of projects. Therefore several calls have been established in MARTEC II. General calls were carried out as planned. Thematic calls can be handled later in connection with other initiatives (JPI Oceans, WATERBORNETP). Brokerage events as a new instrument already attracted more applicants. For the future, in order to make a wider dissemination of the MARTEC II calls, this instrument could also be connected to maritime European events.

A basic picture of national policies was documented already. It was too early to start policy discussion with a limited number of participants. Discussions on European marine/maritime policies should be done together with relevant stakeholders. The discussion on strategic issues will be extended especially with other initiatives like JPI Oceans.

Based on findings with other ERA-NETs a best practice model for long-lasting cooperation will be developed. The aim is to reach an indicative commitment of the funding organisations (MoU) to continue the collaboration based on this model after the end of the ERA-NET project. The new co-funding model can be a good opportunity for future MARTEC II calls.

Project Results:
The network consists of representatives from national and regional public authorities competent for public maritime research programmes and support policies. The objective of this initiative is to strengthen the European Research Area in waterborne research by coordinating and developing synergies between national and regional maritime research programmes and policies. The activities within the second phase (01.07.2012 – 31.12.2013) included all work packages.

Work package 1 was finalised during the reporting period. Efficient project management procedures incl. common call procedures, application, evaluation, common monitoring and reporting, dissemination as well as information exchange between project partners were documented in several deliverables and in a project management handbook of MARTEC II. The deliverables D1.1 - D1.4 were submitted via ECAS in the earlier period. A handbook for projects handling was finalised within the second project reporting period. The former call text was integrated into the handbook. This handbook will be used for each call as a single document. Only some adjustments are necessary to further calls.

The programme database at the MARTEC II web page includes several programmes. Some of the partners updated their national programme information from time to time. The online project database with more than 400 projects of 2008 and later is available by username and password (D2.2). The mapping process was discussed among the partners. An additional meeting was planned to discuss the different databases and their future.

Four transnational calls were launched in the ERA-NET MARTEC II since 2011. The joint call procedures were improved call by call (D3.4 D3.6). The thematic calls are still in discussion (D3.3). MARTEC II calls with a single topic would probably not attract enough applicants at the moment.

There were four MARTEC II meetings each year, starting with a brokerage event in January, a programme managers meeting in February/March, a workshop in June and a steering committee meeting October of each year.

Partners discussed with other networks within the work package 4. Strategies for future cooperation were recommended within the different tasks. Contacts and an exchange of representatives to WATERBORNETP and JPI Oceans (D4.1 – D4.5) are in progress.

The MARTEC II web pages, presentations of MARTEC II at different conferences/meetings and brokerage events were the main dissemination instruments (see updated D.6.2).

Potential Impact:
The Implementation of joint actions is proposed in work packages 1 to 3. Project handling is different in most European countries. WP1 proposed common procedures (common calls, common monitoring/reporting and further common processes). Joint actions are included also in WP2 (programme and project database, mapping of maritime research and information exchange). WP3 focuses also on the preparation and implementation of joint activities (task 3.1 – joint calls, task 3.2 – thematic calls, task 3.3 joint programme and task 3.4 meetings/visits). A full set of common handling procedures should be available in the end of the project. MARTEC will deliver a written description (handbook) of all tasks.
Structuring maritime research in Europe will be supported by WP2 with a programme database (task 2.1) a project database (task 2.2) the mapping of maritime research (task 2.3) and the information exchange in maritime research (task 2.4). There is a basic information exchange within MARTEC at the moment. It is expected that in the end of the project information structures are improved significant by relevant data bases, mapping and information exchange.
General joint calls are planned in task 3.1 (joint calls) on the basis of former procedures. The aim is to improve the procedures and to incorporate more funds. Thematic calls as planned in task 3.2 are new for the consortia. Further new activities will be done in task 3.3 (joint programme). Some partners will start to develop a joint programme. The programme will include common priorities which will be supported by a real common pot funding. Six calls and one common programme should be established at the end of the project. The success can be measured by activated funds and participants.
Dissemination is defined as a planned process of providing information on the results of projects to key actors and end users. There are several activities to strengthen the dissemination. Basic information of maritime projects can be found in a project database on the MARTEC web page. Project results will be presented during project result meetings, starting with first finished MARTEC projects in 2012. A good way to attract new partners is to organise events in EU presidency countries (e.g. 2014 - Italy), which are not fully involved in MARTEC at the moment. Furthermore a strategy for dissemination of research project results will be discussed and developed in task 6.4 (dissemination). A close cooperation with WATERBORNETP should guarantee a wide spreading of results.
The cooperation with TRANSPORT and other initiatives can contribute to defragmentation of research efforts. Common interests exist especially in the area of environmental protection and short sea shipping. Networks should discuss opportunities to establish structures after the end of funding support. The Cooperation with European Technology Platform (WATERBORNE) can be done in different ways. Many of the MARTEC participants are also members of the WATERBORNETP mirror group. A better coordination of tasks of the mirror group and MARTEC can be more efficient. WATERBORNE members could act as an advisory board in MARTEC II.
MARTEC II will integrate more European partners as far as the countries have a relevant maritime technology sector industry activity, appropriate research funding schemes and capacity and interest for cooperation with MARTEC. The intention is that at the end of the project MARTEC has created active collaboration links or a representative statement from each country of EU27.

List of Websites:
www.martec-era.net