The coordination of national research activities of Member States and Associated States in the field of Ocean Energy

Basic Information


Europe’s vast coast line harbours a huge potential resource of ocean energy to be exploited as a renewable electricity source contributing towards the 2020 targets and beyond. The ocean is a complex working environment, relatively little is known about it and it is widely used by others, such as fishing, shipping and recreation. However, the prize for introducing ocean energy generation is high, estimated by DG MARE, at 380GW.

Currently, several member states and regions are funding ocean energy research, demonstration, technology and innovation (RTDI). There is a shared goal to generate knowledge about the marine environment and to speed the development of this emerging sector. However these research efforts are not coordinated. This is why the member states are proposing the Ocean Energy ERA-NET as outlined in this paper. The ERA-NET will provide a framework for transnational joint activities and will cooperate with the EERA Ocean Energy Joint Programme; other relevant European projects and industry stakeholders.

Main research priorities of the network

Ocean Energy, particularly wave and todal energy

Research fields covered by the network

  • Energy

Target Groups

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)
  • Private and Semi-private Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • Large Corporations

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United Kingdom


Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
OCEANERA-NET Second Joint Call 2016 two-stages 02/02/2016 30/03/2016

Submitted: 19


Submitted: 15


Funded: 7

OCEANERA-NET First Joint Call 2014 two-stages 23/10/2014 18/12/2014

Submitted: 27


Submitted: 18


Successful: 9

Funded: 8