The Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund (OCEANERA-NET COFUND) is an initiative of eight national and regional government agencies from six European countries, which has received funding from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. This new five year action, 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 will end in November 2017.

The aim is to coordinate support for research and development in the ocean energy sector, to encourage collaborative projects that tackle some of the key challenges identified for the sector as it progresses towards commercialisation.

OCEANERA-NET COFUND will support the implementation of the Ocean Energy Forum Strategic Roadmap and the TP Ocean Strategic Research Agenda.

The specific objectives of the project are to:
  • Facilitate cooperation within the ocean energy sector and alignment of national and regional research programmes to support collaborative projects which capitalise on Europe’s research and industrial strengths; and
  • Support the demonstration and associated research required to address a number of current challenges, providing solutions which can be applicable to a range of needs across the ocean energy technologies.
The five year programme will include:
  • A Co-funded Joint Call to support transnational, collaborative projects to demonstrate and validate innovative technologies for ocean energy;
  • A Second Joint Call to support R&D in ocean energy, scope to be defined; and
  • Other joint activities to support knowledge transfer and exploitation of results.

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List of Partners

  • Scottish Enterprise, Scotland, UK - Project Coordinator
  • Statens Energimyndighet (Swedish Energy Agency), Sweden
  • Ente Vasco de la Energía (Basque Energy Agency), the Basque Country, Spain
  • Centro Para el Desarrollo Technologico Industrial, Spain
  • The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Ireland
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Technologia, Portugal
  • Région Bretagne, France
  • Région Pays de la Loire, France