Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

While there was no joint call in 2012, the cross-thematic approach of “The Ocean of Tomorrow” was pursued with the launch of 9 topics dedicated to the support of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). A wide range of issues are considered in order to advance knowledge on the definition and monitoring of the Good Environmental Status of European seas and related descriptors. Cooperation involves mainly Theme 2 “Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and biotechnologies”, Theme 6 “Environment (including climate change)” and Theme 7 “Transport (including aeronautics)” while Theme 5 “Energy” will launch a call for tender.

Projects funded under Theme 2 : Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Biotechnologies

Activity 2.1: Sustainable production and management of natural resources

Topic KBBE.2012.1.2-9: Integrating the role of marine benthic ecosystems in fisheries management (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

  • BENTHIS - Benthic ecosystem fisheries Impact Study

Topic KBBE.2012.1.2-12: Providing molecular tools for assessing and monitoring the potential genetic impact of aquaculture on native populations (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

  • AQUATRACE - The development of tools for tracing and evaluating the genetic impact of fish from aquaculture

Activity 2.2: Fork to farm : food (including seafood), health and well-being

Topic KBBE.2012.2.4-01: Contaminants in seafood and their impact on public health

  • ECsafeSEAFOOD - Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception

Activity 2.3: Life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non food products and processes

Topic KBBE.2012.3.5-01: Innovative biotechnologies for tackling oil spill disasters (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

  • KillSpill - Integrated Biotechnological Solutions for Combating Marine Oil Spills

Topic KBBE.2012.3.5-02: Biotechnological solutions for the degradation of synthetic polymeric materials (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

  • BIOCLEAN - New BIOtechnologiCaL approaches for biodegrading and promoting the environmEntal biotrAnsformation of syNthetic polymeric materials

Projects funded under Theme 6: Environment (including climate change)

Topic ENV.2012.6.2-3 Innovative Tools for Understanding and Integrated Assessment of Good Environmental Status (GES) of Marine Waters (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

  • DEVOTES - Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good environmental status

Topic ENV.2012.6.2-4 Management and potential impacts of litter in the marine and coastal environment (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

  • CLEANSEA - Towards a Clean, Litter-Free European Marine Environment through Scientific Evidence, Innovative Tools and Good Governance

Topic ENV.2012.6.2-5 Improve scientific knowledge base to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

  • STAGES - Science and Technology Advancing Governance of Good Environmental Status

Projects funded under Theme 7: Transport (including aeronautics) - Sustainable Surface Transport

Topic SST.2012.1.1-1. Assessment and mitigation of noise impacts of the maritime transport on the marine Environment:

  • SONIC - Suppression Of underwater Noise Induced by Cavitation
  • AQUO - Achieve QUieter Oceans by shipping noise footprint reduction