Knowledge Based Bio-Economy


"The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" will be the third and last cross-thematic call of its kind under FP7. It will involve Theme 2 "Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology" (FAFB), Theme 4 "Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies" (NMP), Theme 5 "Energy", Theme 6 "Environment (including Climate Change)" and Theme 7 "Transport (including Aeronautics)".

"The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" also links to the "Horizon 2020" proposal, which acknowledges the importance of cross-cutting approaches.


The development of competitive and innovative marine technologies is necessary to assess and monitor the good environmental status of the seas, monitor current and new activities at sea and contribute to their sustainable operation. The aim of the "The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" call is therefore to pool the efforts of stakeholders from a broad range of sectors in order to develop innovative marine technologies for a wide range of applications.

Three key areas are considered:

  • Marine sensing technologies, including biosensors, to monitor the marine environment and activities at sea;
  • Innovative antifouling materials for maritime applications;
  • Innovative transport and deployment systems for the offshore wind energy sector.

The call is planned to be published mid- July 2012 on the Participant Portal:


WHEN? 6 June 2012 - 13:00-18:00
WHERE? Conference Centre Albert Borschette, Brussels

On 6th June 2012 took place the INFODAY on "The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" cross-thematic call focused on fostering research and innovation in marine technologies. It was held in the Conference Centre Albert Borschette building, Brussels. The Conference gathered more than 200 people from 27 countries covering a great variety of organisations (research, technology providers, consultancies, industry, policy makers, NGO) and sectors. Participants were primarily interested in topic 2 “innovative multifunctional sensors”, topic 4 “Innovative Transport and Deployment systems for the offshore wind sector”, topic 1 “Biosensors” and topic 3 “Innovative antifouling materials”.

The Conference was opened by Patricia Reilly from the Cabinet of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation who could not attend the meeting although this is a subject very close to her heart. Patricia Reilly announced that with 55 M€ “The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013” call is the EU's biggest ever investment in cross-cutting marine and maritime research. Although the "Ocean of Tomorrow" cross-cutting initiatives have progressively increased in size in recent years with a total EU investment of 180M€, it is clear that the bulk of FP7 marine and maritime research actions take place in the different thematic priorities and specific programmes. This approach to marine and maritime research, strategically combining thematic and cross-thematic projects, is embedded in the EU proposal for "Horizon 2020". She stressed that in addition to good coverage of marine and maritime issues under the different societal challenges, the cross-cutting approach of the "Ocean of Tomorrow" calls will be under “Horizon 2020” further strengthened through a multi-annual strategic programming approach. In conclusion she said that by seeking to use enabling technologies such as materials, ICT and biotechnologies as a basis to find solutions to ocean related societal challenges, the "Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" call is already making the link to Horizon 2020 since it illustrates how potential synergies could be developed between pillars of "Horizon 2020". Link to speech pdf - 77 KB [77 KB]

In her speech, Patricia Reilly also referred to a new study released the same day by DG R&I on all marine-related projects funded by FP7 under (2007-2010) : Have a look at the study

The opening was followed by an inspiring talk by Michael Vom Baur, naval architect with an experience of over 30 years in the maritime sector and the EU research activities. The very well informed presentation of Mr Vom Baur gave a comprehensive overview of the innovation opportunities that exist in our seas and oceans. He insisted that with more investment in R&I, fields such as marine energies (offshore wind but also wave and tidal), deep-sea mining, the valorisation of biological resources could be turned in the near future, into real commercial avenues provided that it goes hand in hand with environmental assessment and sustainability. He concluded by saying that there are a lot of opportunities for synergies between maritime sectors. He acknowledged the efforts of the Commission to address multi-disciplinarity and cross-sectoral research with “The Ocean of Tomorrow” calls and expressed the wish that these efforts are continued under “Horizon 2020”. Link to presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

The plenary session chaired by Maive Rute, Director of the “Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food” Directorate in DG Research and Innovation”, went on with a presentation of the rationale of the joint call, the 4 topics’ description, their objectives, their expected impacts. Link to presentation pdf - 172 KB [172 KB]

Practical advice was given and implementation modalities were described in details in the last presentation. Link to the presentation pdf - 248 KB [248 KB]

The presentations were followed by a floor discussion with all Commission services. Questions concerned specific points regarding the 4 topics as well as more general comments on the evaluation as well as participation modalities. The Infoday closed with a brokerage and informal networking session until 18:00.


TOPIC 1: Biosensors

TOPIC 2: Innovative Multifunctional sensors:

TOPIC 3: Innovative antifouling materials for maritime applications :

  • ASCAMM Technological center (ES) – B. Gutiérrez pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
  • Sheffield Hallam University – Materials and Engineering Research Center (UK) – H. Wang pdf - 303 KB [303 KB]
  • PLOCAN (ES) – J. Brito pdf - 374 KB [374 KB]
  • University of Southampton (UK) – K. Forshaw pdf - 106 KB [106 KB]
  • Enterprise and Galician University Foundation-FEUGA (ES) - Almudena Justo-Martínez pdf - 231 KB [231 KB]
  • POLE MER PACA (FR) – F. Carré pdf - 140 KB [140 KB]
  • Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (DE) - Alla Synytska pdf - 824 KB [824 KB]
  • Sheffield Hallam University-Biomedical Research Center (UK) - T. Smith pdf - 734 KB [734 KB]

TOPIC 4: Innovative Transport and Deployment systems for the offshore wind sector

"The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" - Infoday - 6th June 2012