Promoting the Blue Economy in Horizon Europe
We are part of a project that has been granted support from the Research Council of Norway to advocate for a prominent place for research and innovation on oceans and a sustainable blue economy in the upcoming Horizon Europe programme.
The project Norwegian Ocean Alliance to Horizon Europe (NOAH) is a collaboration between NORCE, the University of Bergen, the Seafood Innovation Cluster and GCE Ocean Technology.
In the NOAH project, we aim to establish a collaborative ecosystem between academia, the institute sector and industry clusters at a national level, and set up an arena for elaborating common views and statements to promote «blue» topics in the Horizon Europe work programmes.
Highlighting the Potential of the Blue Economy
The NOAH project partners will also work towards establishing a European Alliance of stakeholders to highlight the potential of the blue economy and blue innovation systems. Through their national and international networks, they will engage in dialogue regionally, nationally and at a European level, to secure broad support for ocean research and innovation.
An increased focus on the blue economy and on topics relating to ocean innovation can also contribute to more opportunities for our cluster members to participate in EU projects.
Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme, has a proposed budget of 94 billion euro.
The Norwegian Research Council has had a call for proposals to increase the participation of Norwegian stakeholders in the effort to promote Norwegian interests in the process of shaping the content of Horizon Europe.
The NOAH project was one of 13 projects selected for funding, and is coordinated by NORCE.
UiB, GCE Ocean Technology and the Seafood Innovation Cluster are partners in the project.