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ERA-NET MARitime TEChnologies II

Periodic Report Summary - MARTEC II (ERA-NET maritime technologies II)

Project context and objectives:
The aim of this initiative ERA-NET "Maritime technologies II" - MARTEC II 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. The network will include representatives from national and regional public authorities competent for public maritime research programmes and support policies.

By 2012, the MARTEC project had brought together 30 ministries and organisations responsible for funding research in maritime technologies across 25 different European countries. All 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 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.
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 will include 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 should be further established in MARTEC II. A handbook for project handling will be developed within the first two project reporting periods. A first draft is available now.
For thematic calls a real picture of open European requests will be developed. MARTEC II will have efforts, especially in mapping of maritime research projects as well as structures for a better information exchange in the area of maritime technologies. A project database with will be soon available. A next step will be the discussion of the mapping process and the discussion of the future maritime database. Therefore an additional meeting is planned to discuss the different databases and its future.

Cooperation barriers will appear more visible during the lifetime of a call as well as later during the runtime of projects. Therefore several calls as well as different type of calls should be established in MARTEC II. General calls could be done as planned, whereas thematic calls are still in discussion. MARTEC will probably start thematic calls in 2013, when no EU call will be scheduled. Therefore brokerage events as a new instrument will attract more applicants.
A basic picture of national policies was documented already. On the other hand 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. Strategies will be established in MARTEC II. A closer cooperation with WATERBORNETP was advised during the project. Project partners will take more efforts to analyse and discuss industrial needs, especially for thematic calls.
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 to continue the collaboration based on this model after the end of the ERA-NET project. A discussion of ERA-NET+ or the integration into other initiatives will start in 2013.

Project results:
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 last 18 month include: exchange of information and knowledge among national programme owners and programme managers as well as the implementation of distinct joint activities.
One of the main objectives during the reporting period was the work package 1 which aims to develop the basic management procedures already available from earlier call procedures. The idea is to streamline and harmonise the processes between the participating funding organisations. This includes both the application phase as well as the project management. Efficient project management procedures incl. common call procedures, application, evaluation, common monitoring and reporting, dissemination as well as information exchange between project partners were collected and documented in several deliverables and in a project management handbook of MARTEC (deliverable D1.1-D1.3).

Additional recommendations and documents for transnational management have been discussed and delivered (e.g. IPR guidelines). A handbook for projects handling will be developed within the first two project reporting periods. A first draft is available now (D1.4). A next step will be the integration of the call text into the handbook. Than applicants have to read only one document.
Experience gained and information gathered during the first phase of MARTEC has been utilised, updated and further developed. The programme database at the MARTEC web page includes several programmes, which can be updated during the project duration (D2.1). A project database with more than 400 projects of 2008 and later is already available. Information from new partner organisations will be included and joint activities can be expanded into new activity areas.
A next step will be the discussion of the mapping process and the discussion of the future maritime database. Therefore an additional meeting is planned to discuss the different databases and its future.
Two transnational one stage procedure calls were launched in the ERA-NET MARTEC in 2011 and 2012. The objectives in the new ERA-NET are to launch different calls with improved procedures. Joint call procedures can be improved call by call (D3.2). The thematic calls are still in discussion. MARTEC will probably start thematic calls in 2013, when no EU call is planned. Therefore brokerage events as a new instrument will attract more applicants
Programme owners and programme managers had the chance to look inside advanced European research and production facilities in different countries. Meeting places in MARTEC II have been connected to important research centres within Europe. Three MARTEC meetings in 2011 as well as in 2012 were done as planned, separated in a programme managers meeting, a workshop and a steering committee meeting. Further meetings were planned at the Steering Committee meeting in Wageningen/Netherlands (D3.4).
Beyond MARTEC and other ERA-NETs, there are different networks and initiatives which fund or support maritime projects. Partners have discussed with other networks within the work package 4. Strategies for future cooperation were recommended within the different tasks. Contacts to WATERBORNETP and JPI Oceans have started and will be extended in the future. During the reporting period the partner AFMI has prepared a deliverable of Review of WATERBORNETP SRA, in which the exploitation outcomes of WATERBORNETP with the topics of 7th Framework Program have been compared (D4.1).
The main instrument of the dissemination is the MARTEC web pages and additional brokerage events. National events can broaden the information of the network significantly as seen after the first event in Gdansk/Poland. A first dissemination and exploitation plan is prepared (D6.2)

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 was 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:
http://www.martec-era.net