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CAREMAR
Coordinated Academic RTD and Education Supporting Innovation in Marine Industries

CAREMAR focuses on mechanisms to link European universities’ expertise with the research, education and technology needs of the marine technology and related sciences sector, by providing a platform coordinating universities’ expertise, and mobilising their skills and resources to support industry.

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Background

The EU is investing heavily in mechanisms, particularly in research and training, to provide European marine sector industries with sufficient human and technological resources so that they can respond to the fierce competition by low-cost Far-East marine industries and meet the challenges of the 21st century. CAREMAR will help the academic sector to support the needs of industry in both the short term and the medium to long term, and to deliver solutions through mobilising the skills and resources of the entire marine technology academic community. In this respect, CAREMAR attempts to bring academia and industry together at a fundamental and strategic level rather than in a specific technological area, so that strategic planning and processes can be examined in a highly original way to ensure that outputs from academia are clearly aligned to industry needs across a broad spectrum of technology areas.

CAREMAR will foster the partnership between the EU, industry and the academic and research communities, both to meet European objectives for technology in competitiveness and societal needs, and to ensure that investment in research leads to Europe achieving global prominence in technical innovation.

Objectives

The objectives of the project are:

  • To undertake a thorough examination of current RTD and RBE practices of European universities and to propose improvements to the underlying processes in consultation with industry, especially where this brings together university consortia in joint programmes or course development to satisfy industry needs
  • To provide a platform for the supply of RTD that derives from and is initiated or coordinated by the university sector, which meets industry needs through research, provision of manpower and knowledge transfer
  • To identify and improve communication routes between universities, research organisations and industry for improved RTD project development and undertaking
  • To provide a focused approach using innovative tools for the supply of RTD, especially in the identification and management of expertise and facilities
  • To demonstrate through practical means how this can be achieved and to incorporate RTD results in the educational programmes
  • To disseminate the results effectively and facilitate the acceptance by European society
  • To coordinate these efforts with those of proposed integrated projects (IPs), Networks of Excellence (NoE) and other Coordinated Actions (CAs) for the effective distribution of best practice
  • To demonstrate the positive effect of this coordination through participating in the preparation and presentation of IPs, NoEs and CAs, and proposals within IPs, NoEs and CAs
  • To demonstrate the portability of the proposed solutions to other industry sectors.

Description of work

  1. The project will use standard business and management tools together with technology-orientated solutions to undertake a strategic analysis of academic research and technological development and research-based education (RTD and RBE) systems related to marine technology, and related science requirements within industry.
  2. In the early stages of the project, the focus will be on the supply chain analysis, the identification of change management processes and business process re-engineering (BPR) for systemic requirements in the delivery of RTD and RBE, and the development of knowledge and communication tools. The CAREMAR CA will need to demonstrate the effectiveness of the BPR and supply chain analysis approaches by:

    a) presenting and delivering RTD proposals that address the infrastructural and communication issues where these may be improved upon

    b) presenting and delivering RTD proposals matching the needs of industry, which display the requirement for RTD with a university-led focus.

  3. Development of key interfaces with CAs and networks led by the maritime industry. The CAREMAR CA will address the entire RTD supply chain for the maritime sector from the academic point of view.
  4. It will initiate the development of RTD projects, act as an umbrella for existing RTD where appropriate, and nurture new proposals.
  5. There must be a demonstration of the effectiveness of this CA’s communication, tools and networking infrastructure.

Results

CAREMAR will deliver a user-focused portal and online subject-related community based on the outputs of the project. Users will be able to access a set of five databases that will provide a comprehensive information source of university-based expertise and facilities. The databases to be developed are:

  • UNIVERSITY: contains general information about universities – overview of university courses, RTD experiences and skills.
  • RECRUIT: contains information for companies looking to recruit personnel with particular skills. It will include a ‘young researchers’ area where people looking for employment in RTD in industry can advertise their capabilities.
  • FACILITY: contains a registry of university marine RTD facilities including towing tanks, model basins, cavitation tunnels, computing facilities, laboratories, large-scale facilities, etc.
  • CONSULT: includes a database of individual academic expertise providing details of the skills of individual staff members. There will also be a capability for confidential communication with individuals who are contained in the database. Access to an individual’s published papers may be made through the database.
  • TECHNOLOGY: contains the published outcomes of analyses on future technology trends and predicted requirements undertaken by universities through CAREMAR or as part of other external work.

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