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A project to increase innovation in the ocean industries, through mobilisation and joint cluster activities.

As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded in 2020, many companies experience a rapid change in the marked situation.

This project was established to support companies with developing new RDI-project with the potential to transition into new markets, learn more about public funding possibilities as well as systemising cluster knowledge in a joint e-learning platform.

The project involved the following three main components:

  • Mapping of innovation needs by supporting SMEs with applying externally funded projects.
  • Courses in project development and providing an overview of public funding possibilities.
  • E-learning platform for the cluster – establish a digital platform for sharing courses, webinars, reports and presentations.
Project Owners GCE Ocean Technology
Particpants About 100 different companies attended GCE Ocean Technology's webinars about funding opportunities and 15 companies received one-on-one input and advice.
Period 2020-2021
Funding Funding 1 million NOK from Vestland County Council
Result Established the Members Area at, where partners and members of GCE Ocean Technology can access e-learning, webinars, presentations and reports from the cluster work and the market. Moreover, the project mapped innovation needs and helped members with securing externally funded projects.


Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

R&D Manager

Jon O. Hellevang