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Research and innovation

Oceans and seas

Why the EU supports research and innovation in oceans and seas

Europe and the world depend on the ocean and seas for food, as a buffer to the impacts of global warming and to provide opportunities for new human activities. 

Marine littering, pollution, climate change and overexploitation are threatening our ability to sustainably use the ocean, seas and coasts. 

Research and innovation are critical so we can better monitor, understand, protect, preserve and harness our ocean and seas. We can also create sustainable value from traditional and new marine and aquatic value chains and sectors.

The EU Mission Restore Our Ocean and Waters by 2030 is set to

  • protect and restore marine and freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems,
  • eliminate pollution, and
  • make the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular

Marine and aquatic research and innovation is part of the EU's bioeconomy strategy

Policy focus


Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal related to marine resources are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon Europe

Some marine research related calls may be found in this programme.

Projects and results

Success stories

The EU-funded Nunataryuk project assessed the impacts of thawing coastal and subsea permafrost on the global climate.

Project locations
Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom

Collaboration and jobs

Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tender opportunities portal.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access marine related ones here.

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.

Access to marine data from the Copernicus programme.

Data e-Infrastructure initiative for fisheries management and conservation

Data publisher for earth and environmental science.

Ocean and marine data management infrastructure.

Access to marine data in Europe.

Everything you wanted to know about the Baltic Sea is now available in one place. You can access the Data services (open data service) and Learn and study (for schools)

Presentation20 September 2022
Cluster 6 coordinator's day: Shaping future R&I policy



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  • Thursday 13 June 2024, 10:00 - 16:30 (CEST)
  • Brussels, Belgium
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