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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

Horizon Europe

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

LIFE programme

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

Projects and results

Collaboration and jobs

Find project partners

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

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Marine research tools and databases

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

EU Open Data Portal

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

OpenAIRE

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

Copernicus

Access to marine data from the Copernicus programme.

iMarine

Data e-Infrastructure initiative for fisheries management and conservation

Pangaea

Data publisher for earth and environmental science.

SeaDataNet

Ocean and marine data management infrastructure.

EMODnet

Access to marine data in Europe.

MarineFinland.fi

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)

Latest

  • News article

Porfolio analysis of Horizon 2020 aquaculture projects

This analysis supports the implementation of the strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030 and the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”

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