Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund (OCEANERA-NET COFUND) has opened its second Joint Call for collaborative research and development projects in the field of ocean energy.
Funding for this Joint Call is provided by seven funding organisations from four countries (Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden), three regions (Flanders (Belgium), Pays de la Loire (France) and Scotland (UK)).
These funding organisations have allocated up to €6.82 million to this Joint Call. This means the call budget for the OCEANERA-NET COFUND Joint Call 2019 will be at least €6.82 million.
The aim of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND Joint Call 2019 is to promote the development and competitiveness of the ocean energy sector by supporting projects involving research, technological development and innovation activities, demonstrating or validating innovative technologies of ocean energies: Wave Energy, Tidal and Ocean Currents, Tidal Range, Salinity Gradient, and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.
The focus will be on enabling industry to push technologies from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 to 6 (experimental proof of concept to technology demonstrated in relevant environment) through to TRL 4 to 8 ( technology validation in a lab to system being complete and qualified), facilitating improvements in technology performance, reliability and cost reduction, supporting the Horizon 2020 aims of maintaining and growing Europe’s position in ocean energy and bringing innovative low carbon energy solutions closer to commercial deployment.
OCEANERA-NET COFUND is a five-year action supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. This project, operating from 2017 to 2021, will build on the work of the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (OCEANERA-NET) which started in 2013 and ended in February 2018.
The deadline for expressions of interest is March 1, 2019, and for proposals submission April 5, 2019.