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EU funding for maritime research

Horizon 2020 supports research, development and demonstration. New calls are well suited for Norwegian parties.

Horizon 2020 ​is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attra​​ct. It promises more breakthro​ughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.​ Norway participates and Norwegian organizations can get funding. 

​Horizon 2020 has a multi-modal transport system approach, funding typically €40m/yr to water transport with 67 waterborne projects to date. See TRIMIS transport for funded projects.

The main objective is to create clean, competitive and safe transport. 

New calls for 2018-20 will be published soon with first call deadline January 2018. The first call will include: 

  • The Autonomous Ship
  • Inco Flagship reducing transport impact on air quality (all modes),
  • Marine Accident response (fire roro/container, stability, evacuation, international encouraged),
  • Human factors in safety (all modes),
  • Unmanned autonomous survey activities at sea

The 2019 call with deadline January 2019 has the​ following topics: 

  • Retrofit and next generation propulsion (passenger ship with high power fuel cell, next gen energy-electric-new fuel renewable propulsion, innovative propulsion, wind, retrofit to improve environment)
  • Innovative drone applications for transport safety (all modes),
  • Moving Freight by water (inland and SSS, focus on Ten-T network, innovative vessels and systems, more effective within intermodal logistics),
  • Ship Emission control Scenarios (Modelling, Environmental impact, mitigation),
  • Next Gen Bio fuel for aviation and shipping (Energy call, Deadline, 27 August 2019)

We hope that many Norwegian companies will apply for these calls. 

​EUs Innovation pipeline from research to business is: Horizon 2020 -> Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) -> European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) -> European Investment Bank (EIB).


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