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"Ocean of tomorrow 2011": €45m for EU research projects focusing on innovative and sustainable maritime activities

On September 9th 2010, the European Commission presented the details of its €45 million investment in research projects on maritime activities.

“The ocean of tomorrow 2011” call for research proposals invites funding bids from projects proposing innovative, forward-looking and sustainable approaches to promote “blue growth” and develop the economic potential of European coastlines, seas and oceans.

Commissioners Geoghegan-Quinn and Damanaki said: “Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. They are key to our ecosystem. But they are also key to our current and future economy and we need ‘smart seas’ to help us meet the challenge of creating sustainable jobs and growth in the 21st century. Selecting the best proposals from this call will help Europe move forward in areas like offshore energy and ‘blue biotechnologies’.”

“The ocean of tomorrow 2011” call was launched on 20 July 2010. It shows how the EU’s funding programme for research can address global issues in an interdisciplinary way. The projects selected will be funded by several funding themes.

More information: the ocean of tomorrow project

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