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Marine Investment for the Blue Economy

Objective

MARIBE is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to unlock the potential of multi-use of space in the offshore economy (also referred to as Blue Economy). This forms part of the long-term Blue Growth (BG) strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole; something which is at the heart of the Integrated Maritime Policy, the EU Innovation Union, and the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable growth.
Within the Blue Economy, there are new and emerging sectors comprising technologies that are early stage and novel. These are referred to as Blue Growth sectors and they have developed independently for the most part without pursuing cooperation opportunities with other sectors. MARIBE investigates cooperation opportunities (partnerships, joint ventures etc.) for companies within the four key BG sectors in order to develop these companies and their sectors and to promote the multi-use of space in the offshore economy. The sectors are Marine Renewable Energy, Aquaculture, Marine Biotechnology and Seabed Mining. MARIBE links and cross-cuts with the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Galway Statement by reviewing the three European basins (Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Baltic) as well as the Caribbean Basin.
The project begins with an assessment of the current Blue Growth economy. A socio-economic study of the various Blue Growth sectors will be undertaken. Existing business models will be mapped according to best practice methodology, cognisant of their value chains. The technical and non-technical challenges of the business will be identified and proposals made for their mitigation. Key FP7 projects that focus on multi-use of space and multi-use platforms will also be assessed.
The consortium will draw on this study to identify key opportunities for synergistic collaboration. It will examine 24 sectoral combinations in total and 12 of those with high potential will be developed further. To do this, MARIBE will work with selected EU-funded consortia (particularly those involved in the Oceans of Tomorrow projects) to develop cross-sectoral projects. It will also work with a range of academic and industry partners to develop projects within 5 additional sectoral combinations that present potential for synergistic collaboration. The MARIBE partners will take a hands-on approach to developing collaboration, brokering partnerships where necessary and assisting with the creation of the business plans and implementation plans required to secure investment for these 12 projects.

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2014-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
- Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 555 712,50

Participants (9)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 277 260
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOAST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 131 085
Address
Esplanade 1
8400 Oostende
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 167 750
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 139 178,75
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 117 875
Address
Avenida De Los Castros S/n
39005 Santander
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AQUABIOTECH LIMITED
Malta
EU contribution
€ 111 523,75
Address
Naggar Street Central Complex Targa Gap
MST 1761 Mosta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 147 966,25
Address
Viale Delle Terme Di Caracalla
00153 Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BUSINESS MODELS INC BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 173 350
Address
Mediarena 11
1114 BC Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BVG ASSOCIATES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 156 250
Address
The Blackthorn Centre, Purton Road, Cricklade
SN6 6HY Swindon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)