Why the EU supports research and innovation in oceans and seas

Europe and the world depend on the ocean and seas for food, as a buffer to the impacts of global warming and to provide opportunities for new human activities. 

Marine littering, pollution, climate change and overexploitation are threatening our ability to sustainably use the ocean, seas and coasts. 

Research and innovation are critical so we can better monitor, understand, protect, preserve and harness our ocean and seas. We can also create sustainable value from traditional and new marine and aquatic value chains and sectors.

The EU Mission Restore Our Ocean and Waters by 2030 is set to

  • protect and restore marine and freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems,
  • eliminate pollution, and
  • make the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular

Marine and aquatic research and innovation is part of the EU's bioeconomy strategy.

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon Europe

    Calls for proposal related to marine resources are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon Europe.

  • LIFE programme

    Some marine research related calls may be found in this programme.

  • European structural and investment funds

    Marine research related calls may be found in this programme, particularly in the European maritime and fisheries fund.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases

  • Scientific publications

    Scientific publications produced by the European Commission (JRC)

  • Marine research tools and databases

    The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access marine related ones here. 

  • EU Open Data Portal

    Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

  • OpenAIRE

    You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.

  • Copernicus

    Access to marine data from the Copernicus programme.

  • iMarine

    Data e-Infrastructure initiative for fisheries management and conservation
  • Pangaea

    Data publisher for earth and environmental science.

  • SeaDataNet

    Ocean and marine data management infrastructure.

  • EMODnet

    Access to marine data in Europe.

  • Fisheries data collection

    Commission (JRC) data collection on fisheries

  • MarineFinland.fi

    Everything you wanted to know about the Baltic Sea is now available in one place. You can access the Data services (open data service) and Learn and study (for schools)



  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.