OCEANERA-NET is a Network of European national and regional funders and managers of research and innovation programes in the field of ocean energy. Ocean energy includes the generation of renewable electricity from wave and tidal energy, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion.
The consortium OCEANERA-NET comprises 16 partners from 9 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK) that is open to opportunities for collaboration with other European and non-European countries to address common challenges. OCEANERA-NET is a European project funded by the European Commission that started in December 2013 and will run for 4 years. This project is co-ordinated by Scottish Enterprise, the Regional Economic Development Agency for lowlands Scotland.
The objective of OCEANERA-NET is to coordinate funding programmes between European countries and regions to support research and innovation in the ocean energy sector. OCEANERA-NET is one of a number of initiatives to help address the research and innovation challenges for the role ocean energy can play in contributing to future renewable energy targets, economic growth and job creation. OCEANERA-NET will work alongside the European Energy Research Alliance Ocean Energy Joint Programme, Ocean Energy Forum and Technology Platform to develop a shared vision and co-ordinated action plan.
The consortium have agreed a road map of work packages to work towards the implementation of joint activities, namely joint calls for transnational collaborative research and innovation projects. A first joint call is planned for Autumn 2014 and further joint calls in 2015 and 2016.
First Joint Call 2014
The first OCEANERA-NET joint cal 2014 in Ocean Energy was officially announced at the Ocean Energy Europe 2014 Conference, in 1-2 October 2014, in Paris.
A workshop brokerage on 2 October 2014 and a webinar on 16 October 2014 were organised to provide information on the call and to help building international research consortia. The registration was free of charge and the participants in the workshop brokerage benefited from discounts on the registration at the Ocean Energy Europe 2014. Profiles of the participants and/or presentations of project ideas were submitted and presented at the workshop brokerage. All these presentations as well as the presentation about the call and the full recording of the webinar are available here.
The scope of the call is needs driven research towards the design, development, demonstration and validation of ocean energy technologies addressing: wave energy, tidal energy, tidal and ocean currents, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion. The following topics are supported by FCT:
Develop standardised approaches/methods/ tools for ocean energy site characterisation and project and array/park planning.
Modelling and design of components, systems, sub-systems and devices for ocean energy technologies taking into account manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance, and environment requirements.
Development and testing of critical components for delivering reliable, sustainable and high-performance ocean energy generation.
Demonstration and validation of technological developments in a real sea environment.
Design and development of tools and solutions for the technological advancement and optimisation of components, devices and arrays/parks.
Deadline for electronic submission of pre-proposals (MANDATORY) : 18 December 2014 (12:00 CET).
Deadline for electronic submission of full proposals: 1 April 2015 (12:00 CEST).
Participating countries/regions: Asturias (Spain), Basque Country (Spain), Flanders (Belgium), France, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland (United Kingdom), Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
Eligible transnational consortium must include, at least, two organisations from, at least, two countries participating in the call.
Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaração de Compromisso by the Portuguese Principal Investigator as well as by the Head of the Portuguese institution. A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.
The Portuguese institutions funding must follow the Regulations governing access to funding for scientific research and technological development projects. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.
The financial commitment of FCT to support all topics in this call is EUR 500 000.
The funding for the Portuguese participation in a transnational proposal is limited to:
24-36 months project duration: EUR 200 000 for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
24-36 months project duration: EUR 125 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;
12-18 months project duration: EUR 50 000;
An additional funding of EUR 300 000 maximum may be added for demonstration projects in Portugal.
All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the electronic submission system of the pre-proposals and the full proposals are available here.
For more information about the Portuguese participation on the OCEANERA-NET joint call 2014 contact the person at FCT.
Partner search web tools
The “EEN (Enterprise Europe Network)” offers a general partner search tool.
OCEANERA-NET has created a LinkedIn group. Join this group for discussions about the joint call 2014.
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