Marine ERA-Nets. Overarching Marine ERA-Net SEAS-ERASEAS-ERA “Towards integrated European marine research strategy and programmes”

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  • Marine ERA-Nets

  • Overarching Marine ERA-NetSEAS-ERATowards integrated European marine research strategy and programmes

  • Call targeted objectives

    Fostering cooperation/integration between marine research funding agencies, thereby developing a stable European overarching operational structure for marine research.

    Developing and implementing common research strategies and programmes related to the European sea basins and common strategies and programmes for European coherence in developing and implementing globally important marine research.

    Building up a coherent vision of the planning and use of research infrastructures, in line with the actions undertaken within the Capacity Programme (ESFRI opportunity list).

  • Guiding ideas

    A European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research

    The EU future maritime policy is designed to achieve the full economic potential of oceans and seas in harmony with the marine environment.The EC claims for a new approach in terms of joint marine and maritime research efforts pursuing excellence in research as the basis to support a thriving and growing economy.

    There is a need for a concerted definition of R&D needs and priorities, to maximize the economic and environmental outputs.

    Research, at the end, should provide sound knowledge to support policy decisions.

  • EU R&D weaknesses

    Limited collaboration between national programmes

    Fragmentation and duplication of research efforts

    Deficient interdisciplinary approaches/joint approach marine-maritime

    Imbalances in research and technological capacities among regions

    Need for a joint and efficient policy on infrastructures

  • Improve co-operation and co-ordination and promote harmonisation of national/regional research programmes to strengthen them, bridging possible gaps and avoiding duplications; this will significantly contribute to the setting up of a European Marine and Maritime Research Agenda.

    Main objectives SEAS-ERA

  • Foster synergies at national and regional level, mobilising competitive and non-competitive funds for research in a more coordinated way, through joint calls and common programs, so as to reach a critical mass to address major cross-thematic marine and maritime research challenges. Research funding organizations (RFOs) and research performing organizations (RPOs) have to be involved in this mission. Main objectives SEAS-ERA

  • Propose a plan for a better and sustainable use of the existing Marine Research Infrastructures, developing a common vision, e.g. a strategy for marine infrastructure research among the Member States and other countries, fostering technological development to improve MRIs quality and service, developing a cooperation framework, and developing a methodology for the use of industry infrastructures by public research.Main objectives SEAS-ERA

  • Reduce imbalances among regions through human capacity building. To this end, the project will devote special attention to set-up a pan-European training and mobility strategy for human resources for the development of ocean-related activities. Main objectives SEAS-ERA

  • Enhance public awareness towards marine and maritime scientific and policy issues in Europe. SEAS-ERA will have a strong commitment to translate the RTD activities into social, economic and cultural benefits. SEAS-ERA will emphasise the role of science in marine and maritime policy. Overall, this will form a core element of the dissemination strategy. Main objectives SEAS-ERA

  • Project structure

  • Project structure


    WP1Strategic AnalysisMB-ESFWP2Common ProgramsANRWP3Joint CallsDNSRCWP4InfrastructuresANRWP5Capacity BuildingMIURWP6Atlantic RCNWP7MediterraneanGSRTWP8Black SeaTBITAKWP9Information & DisseminationFCTWP10Coordination & ManagementMICINN

  • WP/TaskTitleLeaderWP1Strategic AnalysisMB-ESFTask 1.1Inventory and analysis of existing national and regional science and technology plans and strategic prioritiesMB-ESFTask 1.2Support to the organisation of Regional Strategic Analysis WorkshopsMI, GSRT, TUBITAKTask 1.3Establishment of a Pan-European Strategic Forum MB-ESFWP2Common ProgrammesANRTask 2.1Inventory of Research, Monitoring and Technological programmes and identification of the commonalities and gapsANRTask 2.2General guidelines and procedure: Delivering an implementation processDEFRATask 2.3Implementing common programme at pan-European level ANR

  • WP/TaskTitleLeaderWP3Joint CallsDFIATask 3.1General guidelines and proceduresBELSPOTask 3.2Pan-European Joint CallsDFIA Task 3.3Follow-up and assessment of outcomesMICINNWP4Infrastructures ANRTask 4.1Identification of research infrastructures priorities MEYSTask 4.2Rationales and guidelines for a better infrastructure planning and use for the joint activitiesANRTask 4.3Developing a methodology for the use of industrial infrastructures by public researchMIURWP5Capacity BuildingMIURTask 5.1Review of existing human capacity building schemesRANNISTask 5.2Addressing common needs, specificities and imbalances MIURTask 5.3Implementing Human Capacity Building TUBITAK

  • WP/TaskTitleWP6 WP8Atlantic/ Mediterranean/ Black Sea RegionsTask 1Strategic Analysis in the RegionTask 2Common Programmes in the RegionTask 3Joint Calls in the RegionTask 4Infrastructures in the RegionTask 5Capacity building in the RegionTask 6Coordination of the Regional Network

  • WP/TaskTitleLeaderWP9Information & disseminationFCTTask 9.1Electronic information structure for marine research funding organizationsFCTTask 9.2Dissemination strategy for the ProjectFCTTask 9.3Develop printed dissemination productsFCTTask 9.4Strategy for the promotion of the uptake of project resultsFCTWP10Coordination & ManagementMICINNTask 10.1Project coordination and network developmentMICINNTask 10.2Coordination with other initiatives and stakeholdersMB-ESFTask 10.3Project managementMICINN

  • Project structureCommunication strategy


    Information & DisseminationTask 1Electronic information structure for marine research funding organizationsTask 2Dissemination strategy for the ProjectTask 3Develop printed dissemination productsTask 4Strategy for the promotion of the uptake of project results

  • The SEAS_ERA project envisages two differentiated areas of exchange of information:

    The exchange of information among partners and related projects and organizations.

    The public dissemination of information on marine/maritime R&D issues and project resultsCommunication strategy

  • Communication strategy

  • Dissemination types Dissemination for awareness (make end-users/audiences to be aware of the work of the project)

    Dissemination for understanding (make end-users/audiences to understand the work of the project)

    Dissemination for action (make end-users/audiences to adopt actions)

  • Improving the link between R&D and end-users3


  • Participant Participant organisation nameCountry1 Coord.MICINN Ministry of Science and InnovationES2BELSPO - Belgian Federal Public Planning Service Science PolicyBE3MON Ministry of Education and ScienceBU4ANR Agence Nationale de la RechercheFR5DFIA - Danish Food Industry Agency DK6FZJ-PTJ Project Management Jlich, Jlich Research Centre GmbHDE7GSRT - General Secretariat for Research and TechnologyGR8RANNIS - The Icelandic Centre for ResearchIS9MI - Marine InstituteIE10MIUR - Ministry of Education, University and ResearchIT11RCN Research Council of NorwayNO12MCST - Malta Council for Science and TechnologyMT13FCT Fundaao para a Ciencia e a TecnologiaPT14NWO - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific ResearchNL15TBITAK - Scientific and Technological Research Council of TurkeyTR16NERC Natural Environment Research CouncilUK17DEFRA Department for Environment Food and Rural AffairsUK18MB-ESF Marine Board European Science FoundationFR19CNMP National Centre for Programmes ManagementRO20KyivCSTEI Kyiv State Center for Scientific, Technical and Economic Information UA21GNSF - Georgia National Science FoundationGE

    **All deliverables submitted and accepted by Brussels. Available at the AMPERA website. Reference works. Key contribution of IFREMER/CEDRE, DEFRA and RCN. **All deliverables submitted and accepted by Brussels. Available at the AMPERA website. Reference works. Key contribution of IFREMER/CEDRE, DEFRA and RCN. ********************The process of creating effective and relevant R&D programmes should involve 3 main, distinct, stages. Stage 1 would be to create the basis for R&D that can effectively target needs. During this stage, the input from end-users and policy stakeholders would inform of their needs. Ideally, scientists would also provide relevant feedback on how such needs could be met by applied R&D programmes. Stage 2 will concern the management and development of the R&D programmes, in which regular communication between the end-users and policy stakeholders and scientists is required to ensure that the final outputs are adequate for uptake and use of the R&D outputs. Stage 3 will concern the dissemination of R&D outputs, and their practical uptake by end-users/policy stakeholders. It is important that the final stage ends with the provision of feedback from end-user and policy/stakeholders back into stage 1, where future R&D programmes will be designed and launched. An effective linkage mechanism will support each of the stages shown in the scheme, by explicitly facilitating information on R&D needs, the


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