JPI OCEANS: JPI Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans

JPI Oceans was established in 2011, as a coordinating and integrating strategic platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries, who invest in marine and maritime research. JPI Oceans covers all European sea basins with 21 participating countries and provides a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe. Seas and oceans namely provide an essential part of our wealth and well-being. The EU’s maritime regions account for around 40% of its GDP and the maritime economy for 3 to 5%.

JPI Oceans focuses on making better and more efficient use of national research budgets and on developing joint research programmes in which countries can be involved on a voluntary basis. Participating countries decide what contribution to make, which may include institutional, project-related or new funding. It also encourages working with non- EU countries on research and policy initiatives in order to achieve its objectives and will actively seek out partnerships with non-EU countries. 


  • Enable the advent of a knowledge based maritime economy, maximizing its value in a sustainable way
  • Ensure Good Environmental Status of the seas and optimize planning of activities in the marine space
  • Optimize the response to climate change and mitigate human impacts on the marine environment

CSA Oceans 2 is a Horizon 2020 funded project, which will support the implementation of JPI Oceans’ Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. Twelve partners working in five work packages will facilitate transnational activities, develop external relationships, conduct foresight exercises, and deliver the necessary tools for the information management and communication of JPI Oceans’ activities.

An overview of all actions and projects initiated by JPI Oceans can be found here.  One of them is the  ERA-NET Cofund on marine technologies – MarTERA, which launched a call in December 2016, of approximately 30 million euro, where the participating countries contribute with 20 million Euro and the European Commission allocates 10 million Euro. It is coordinated by Project Management Jülich (Germany). The other partners in MarTERA are: Argentina, Belarus, Belgium (Flanders), France, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain and Turkey. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals was at the end of March 2017 and the deadline for submission of full proposals is 8th September 2017.

The 2nd JPI Oceans conference, taking place in Lisbon on 26th October 2017, will present the first results of the actions and projects initiated under the framework of JPI Oceans and will provide an opportunity for stakeholders from research and industry to network and discuss with policy makers from across Europe.

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