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The Marine Knowledge Gate 2.0 (EurOcean_KG) is an innovative online repository of marine research projects and results (Knowledge Outputs) with funding from the EU and major national Research Funding and Performing Organisations (RFPOs) from 25 European coastal countries, as well as from Regional and International Agencies. EurOcean_KG Advanced Search functionalities provide easy access to the information/knowledge to a broad spectrum of interested people. Practical information on these functionalities is included in the Search Tips.
Through EurOcean involvement in the FP7 Coordination and Support Action “STAGES” (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status), EurOcean_KG has been expanded to include projects from new EU Funding Programmes as well as project with national and regional funding. Additionally, it offers information on the relevance, if any, to Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Marine Directive or MSFD) research and implementation.
The previous Marine Knowledge Gate 1.0 was an upgrade of the EurOcean InfoBase on European Marine Research Funded Projects (EurOcean_MaP InfoBase). Through EurOcean involvement in the FP7 Support Action “MarineTT” (European Marine Research Knowledge Transfer and Uptake of Results), EurOcean_KG included a component for information on the knowledge generated by research projects or ‘Knowledge Outputs’ (KOs).
Conceptually, the system is innovative containing not only profiles of each research project, but also information about the knowledge produced by the research activity in a non-technical language. Thus, EurOcean_KG consists of two main components: Projects and Knowledge Outputs.
Note that a ‘Knowledge Output (KO)’ is the term used to describe “a unit of knowledge that has been generated out of a research project. It is not limited to de-novo or pioneering discoveries but may also include new methodologies/processes, adaptations, insights, alternative applications of prior know-how/knowledge”¹.
¹Definition accepted and used by the MarineTT project Consortia

PROJECTS: standard details are collected from official sources at European and National levels (including Regional), provided by other non-EurOcean initiatives (i.e. AquaInnova, MG4U), as well as directly included by project coordinators through EurOcean_KG ‘Add new Project’ option.
Note that, in many cases, the level of funding is unclear as projects include several sources of funding. Examples of this issue are the following:

    ✓  ERA-Nets are assigned to European level but projects resulting from national calls are assigned to the national level.
    ✓  National projects receiving European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding are assigned to the national level.

European – extracted from EU Funding Programmes official project repositories:
*Programmes official names:
COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology
EFF – European Fisheries Fund
ENPI CBC – European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross Border Cooperation
ESF – European Social Fund
ESPON – European Spatial Planning Observatory Network
FP6 – Sixth Framework Programme
FP7 – Seventh Framework Programme
IMP Grants – Integrated Maritime Policy ‘Grants for projects’
INTERACT- INTERreg - Animation, Coordination, Transfer
IPA CBC – Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance Cross-Border Cooperation
LIFE – EU’s funding instrument for the environment
SMAP – Short and Medium-term Priority Environmental Action Programme

National - directly provided by Research Funding and Performing Organisations (RFPOs) and Research Institutes; and/or extracted from corresponding official project repositories:
    · Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO):
    · Federal Public Service - Health, Food chain safety and Environment (MILIEU):
    · Research Foundation Flanders (FWO):
    · Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS):
    · Institute of Oceanology (IO-BAS):
    · Ministry of Environment and Waters / Black Sea Basin Directorate (MOEW / BSBD):
    · Croatian Environmental Agency (AZO):
    · Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ):
    · Ministry of Science, Education and Sports:
    · Research Promotion Foundation (RPF):
    · Technical University of Denmark (DTU):
    · Environmental Investment Centre (KIK):
    · Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE):
    · French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER):
    · Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE):
    · Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF):
    · Federal Environment Agency (UBA-D):
    · Federal Nature Conservation Agency (BfN):
    · Thünen-Institute (TI):
    · Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences (MKF):
    ·  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    ·  Marine Institute (MI):
    · Italian Ministry for the Environment and Land and Sea (IMELS):
    · National Research Council (CNR):
    ·  Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE):
    · Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI):
    · Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    · Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST):
    · Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO):
    · Institute of Marine Research (IMR):
    · National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES):
    · Research Council of Norway (RCN):
    · Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT):
    · Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW):
    · Ministry of Environment and Forests (MEF):
    · National Research and Development Institute for Marine Geology and Geoecology (GeoEcoMar):
    · Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS):
    · Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences (IATC-CSIC):
    · Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC):
    · Centro Tecnológico del Mar; Fundación CETMAR (CETMAR):
    · Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC):
    · Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC):
    · Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO):
    · Marine Science Institute of Andalusia (ICMAN-CSIC):
    · Marine Technology Unit (UTM-CSIC):
    · Mediterranean Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CMIMA-CSIC):
    · Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA-CSIC):
    · Technological Institute for the Control of the Marine Environment in Galicia (INTECMAR):
    · Swedish Research Council (FORMAS):
    · Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM):
United Kingdom
    · Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS):
    · Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS):
    · The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA):
    · School of Marine Science and Technology (NCL):
    · National Oceanography Centre (NOC):
    · Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML):
    · Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS):
    · Bucharest Convention Portal:
    · HELCOM Portal:
Others: projects that collaborated with STAGES in the identification and collection of national funded projects; and relevant documents:
    · BONUS FP7 project:
    · DEVOTES FP7 project
    · PERSEUS FP7 'Oceans of Tomorrow' project:
    · Sea for Society (SFS) FP7:
    · Spanish MSFD Report:

KNOWLEDGE OUTPUTS (KOs): information is provided by project coordinators through surveys from EurOcean (i.e. MarineTT, STAGES, COFASP) and non-EurOcean (i.e. AquaInnova, MG4U) initiatives, as well as through EurOcean_KG ‘Add KO’ option.

The EurOcean_KG is updated with new projects extracted from different Funding Programmes by the EurOcean Team.
    · For the EU level, the latest update corresponds to the projects available in corresponding official sources (see section above) up to the 31st of October of 2012.
    · For the national level, information was either provided by Research Funding and Performing Organisations (RFPOs) and/or extracted from official project repositories of RFPOs and Research Institutes from 25 European coastal countries up to the 31st of March of 2013.
The maintenance of the information is also carried out by the EurOcean Team on a regular basis and at least once a year a dedicated update request is sent to the Project Coordinators. The date of the last update is always available at the bottom of the EurOcean_KG homepage. Additionally, each project and KO includes specific information on the last update.
The system provides functionality for Project Coordinators to add (through the ‘Add new record’ option) and/or update (through the ‘Update record’ option) the information on Projects and/or Knowledge Outputs. New/Updated records are made visible/accessible online after validation by the EurOcean Team.
The ‘Add new record’ option is a single step process in which the user needs to submit first the information on the Project and then the information on the Knowledge Outputs, if any.

Projects were chosen on an individual basis depending on standard criteria:
    ✓  “It deals with marine and/or maritime research, either entirely or in certain component(s) of the project” (please refer to the Marine and Maritime Research definitions provided below extracted from the EU Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research);
    ✓  “The component(s) of marine/maritime research entail(s) a significant part/funding of the project”.
    ✓  Projects strictly focused on freshwater are not included

Marine research addresses a branch of earth science that studies the oceans and seas including their flora and fauna as well as their interaction with coastal territories and with the atmosphere. It covers a wide spectrum of scientific knowledge and phenomena such as marine organisms, ecosystems dynamics, ocean currents, plate tectonics and geology. These diverse topics involve multiple disciplines to understand the underlying processes and the complexity of their interaction. Nowadays, one of the major concerns of marine research is the preservation of marine ecosystems. Maritime research aims at technologies and innovative solutions for a better exploitation of sea and ocean resources such as the design, building and operation of vessels, harbours, oil platforms and more widely any kind of human related activity centred around sea and ocean resources (e.g. tourism, transport, etc.). Source: EU Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research (
Note that where projects did not exactly match aforementioned criteria further advice was requested from the EurOcean network of experts and/or from the corresponding Project Coordinators to confirm the marine relevance of the projects.

MarineTT Survey
The MarineTT Survey (July-October 2010) targeted around 500 Marine Projects from the entire FP6 and those from FP7 that were available in CORDIS up to the 31st of May 2010, excluding those with lower potential to contain transferable knowledge not only for the research community but also for policy and decision makers, managers, educators and the public at large.
    · FP6 – around 300 marine projects, excluding Marie Curie Actions
    · FP7 – around 200 marine projects, excluding those from People & Ideas Specific Progammes
Around 500 project coordinators were surveyed and knowledge was finally extracted from circa 150 projects providing a total of almost 600 ‘Knowledge Outputs’.

The STAGES Survey (February-May 2013) targeted around 4.000 marine related projects that, based in DG ENV requirements, started in parallel with the Marine Strategy (from 2005 onwards) at both EU, regional & national levels, gathered from:
    · EU Funding Programmes (see list in previous list, except for Eureka & SMAP), with around 1,500 projects gathered up to the 31st of October 2013;
    · Official sources from 25 European coastal countries (see list in previous section, including Regional and Others), with around 2,500 projects gathered up to the 31st of March 2013.
Around 4.000 project coordinators were surveyed and knowledge was finally extracted from circa 400 projects providing around 1.000 ‘Knowledge Outputs’.

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