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Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation

Objective

The objective of SponGES is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use vulnerable sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. The SponGES consortium, an international and interdisciplinary collaboration of research institutions, environmental non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, will focus on one of the most diverse, ecologically and biologically important and vulnerable marine ecosystems of the deep-sea - sponge grounds – that to date have received very little research and conservation attention. Our approach will address the scope and challenges of EC’s Blue Growth Call by strengthening the knowledge base, improving innovation, predicting changes, and providing decision support tools for management and sustainable use of marine resources. SponGES will fill knowledge gaps on vulnerable sponge ecosystems and provide guidelines for their preservation and sustainable exploitation. North Atlantic deep-sea sponge grounds will be mapped and characterized, and a geographical information system on sponge grounds will be developed to determine drivers of past and present distribution. Diversity, biogeographic and connectivity patterns will be investigated through a genomic approach. Function of sponge ecosystems and the goods and services they provide, e.g. in habitat provision, bentho-pelagic coupling and biogeochemical cycling will be identified and quantified. This project will further unlock the potential of sponge grounds for innovative blue biotechnology namely towards drug discovery and tissue engineering. It will improve predictive capacities by quantifying threats related to fishing, climate change, and local disturbances. SponGES outputs will form the basis for modeling and predicting future ecosystem dynamics under environmental changes. SponGES will develop an adaptive ecosystem-based management plan that enables conservation and good governance of these marine resources on regional and international levels.

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-BG-2015-2

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Net EU contribution
€ 2 004 391,99
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Norway

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (22)

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Glades Road 777
33431 0991 Boca Raton

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 208 750,00
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 674 547,50
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 496 209,51
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 1 265 822,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 434 125,00
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 1 274 693,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 318 711,25
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Region
Wales West Wales and The Valleys Gwynedd
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 136 477,50
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol

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Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 374 680,00
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga

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Region
Continente Norte Cávado
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 524 330,00
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta

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Region
Região Autónoma dos Açores Região Autónoma dos Açores Região Autónoma dos Açores
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE

Participation ended

Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 400 301,25
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL (GEOMAR)
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 599 250,00
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel

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Region
Schleswig-Holstein Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 311 250,00
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
STUDIO ASSOCIATO GAIA SNC DEI DOTTORI ANTONIO SARA E MARTINA MILANESE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 208 750,00
Address
Piazza Della Vittoria 15/23
16121 Genova

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 366 250,00
Address
Viale Delle Terme Di Caracalla
00153 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 40 000,00
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

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Region
Bremen Bremen Bremerhaven, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
South Street 6299 Suite 231
B3H 4R2 Halifax

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 15 500,00
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM HEREON GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 170 000,00
Address
Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht

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Region
Schleswig-Holstein Schleswig-Holstein Herzogtum Lauenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Lower College Road 70
02881 Kingston

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 34 000,00
STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 140 512,50
Address
Jahnebakken 3
5007 Bergen

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
CENTRO INTERDISCIPLINAR DE INVESTIGACAO MARINHA E AMBIENTAL
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 254 000,00
Address
Av General Norton De Matos S/n
4450 208 Matosinhos

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Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00