OCEANERA-NET COFUND: Pre-launch of Joint Call 2017

This is a pre-launch announcement for the new OCEANERA-NET COFUND joint call for ocean energy demonstration projects, which is expected to open on 20th March 2017.

A 17 million Euro fund has been created through the new OCEANERA-NET COFUND project, which brings together a consortium of governments and agencies from Spain, the Basque Country (Spain), Brittany (France), Pays de la Loire (France), Scotland (UK), Sweden and Ireland, with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

The Cofunded Joint Call 2017 will provide funding to companies and research organisations to deliver collaborative projects to demonstrate and validate ocean energy technologies.

Ocean energy is as defined by the European Union: wave, tidal stream, tidal range, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion. However, potential applicants should be aware that some of the funders are only able to support wave and tidal stream technologies. More details will be provided in the call documents, or you can check with the contact person for any region – see the attached slides.

To be eligible for funding, partners must be operating in one of the countries / regions providing funding for the call. Partners from other countries or regions may participate in projects, but must provide their own funding.

Projects should be industry led, must involve a minimum of 2 independent organisations from 2 different countries, involve demonstration and be completed within 3 years. This will be a two Stage call, with the deadline for Stage 1 at the end of May and selection of projects by the end of 2017.

The draft call topics are as follows:

1. Ocean Energy Devices

2. Components and Subsystems

3. Grid Connection and Power Systems

4. Materials and Structures

5. Installation, Operations and Maintenance

6. Resource

To promote partner search and project development, OCEANERA-NET COFUND is participating in business to business brokerage at the following events:
· Seanergy Le Havre, France: 22nd – 23rd March 2017, including a breakfast briefing on the Bretagne stand, 9.00 to 10.00 on 23rd March
· Marine Energy Week, Bilbao, Spain : Ocean Energy Conference, 30th March 2017 – the formal launch event and tailored brokerage session

You can use the B2B matchmaking available for these events to post profiles and project ideas and to arrange meetings. Please use OCEANERA-NET COFUND in your profile or project name if you are looking for partners. Representatives of the COFUND partners will be attending the events and available for meetings.

Further Information:

The attached presentation provided draft information on the call. Please note that this is subject to final approval and may change, although significant changes are not expected at this stage.

For further information contact Karen.fraser@scotent.co.uk

The project website is under construction and will go live in mid March at https://www.oceancofund.eu/