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Coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation in the Black Sea


Project timeline
October 2019
45 months
June 2023
General Information
Restoring and maintaining the resilience of the Black Sea ecosystem, while enabling a sustainable exploitation of its natural resources is vital. A better coordination and alignment of research and innovation efforts alongside developing improved knowledge base and joint infrastructures could substantially support this timely challenge. Towards this end the Burgas Vision Paper was produced, by an initiative supported by the European Commission, as the key framework document for a shared vision for a productive, healthy, resilient, sustainable and better-valued Black Sea by 2030. It addresses the four key pillars on which a new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and its Implementation Plan can be built on: (1) Addressing fundamental Black Sea research challenges, (2) Developing products, solutions and clusters underpinning Black Sea Blue Growth, (3) Building of critical support systems and innovative Infrastructures, (4) Education and capacity building.
Building on this recently emerging policy framework, the core contribution of the Black Sea CONNECT CSA will be to scientifically, technically and logistically support the Black Sea Blue
Growth Initiative towards the implementation of the Burgas Vision Paper, with a view on boosting the blue economy in the region. The overall objective is to coordinate the development of the SRIA and its implementation plan both at national and regional levels. The SRIA and its implementation plan will guide stakeholders from academia, funding agencies, industry, policy and society to address together the fundamental Black Sea challenges, to promote blue growth and economic prosperity of the Black Sea region, to build critical support systems and innovative research infrastructure and to improve education and capacity building. The project will support the design of synergistic activities such as developing an operational network of funders, new transnational joint activities and achieving the knowledge transfer.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-BG-2018-2020
Project TypeCoordination & Support Action
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 860055
Co-ordinatorMiddle East Technical University (TR)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Prof. Corinna Schrum, Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling, Matter Transport and Ecosystem Dynamics, KS, Phone: +49 4152 87 1833 Dr. Joanna Staneva, Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling, Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation, KSD, Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1804
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Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG), Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer IFREMER (FR), Institutul National de Cercetare - Dezvoltare Marina (RO), Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (GE), Middle East Technical University (TR), National Institute of Marine Geology and Geo-Ecology (RO), Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (TR), P. P. Shirshov Institute for Oceanology (RU), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and public Administration, North-West Institute (RU), Secretariatul National Roman al Retelei Universitatilor de la Marea Neagra (RO), Turkiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu (TR), Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea (UA), Universitatea de Stat Din Tiraspol (MD)
Black Sea CONNECT website
Last Update: 08. August 2022