Launched in 2013, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme ever. Nearly €80 billion of funding is available through the programme between 2014 and 2020, an increase of 23% compared to the previous phase, the 7th Framework Programme). The programme supports ocean energy related RD&I (research, development and innovation), with calls specific to the sector, and of more general relevance.
Ocean Energy Europe research indicates that support for ocean energy under Horizon 2020 will be significantly stronger than in previous programmes that awarded, almost €124m to ocean energy projects between 2005 and 2014, almost €14m per year. For example, the Clean Energy from Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project received a €17m award in June 2015 to demonstrate a wave energy convertor in real sea conditions. This is the largest EU research grant ever awarded to the ocean energy sector and marks a change in gear in support for the industry.
The 2016/2017 programme is under development and will be launched at end September 2015. TP Ocean – the Technology & Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy – is the officially recognised advisory body to the European Commission on funding priorities for the industry. Furthermore, Ocean Energy Europe is engaged on behalf of its members with the European Commission to ensure the next funding phase is aligned with the needs of the industry.
To learn more about this process, Horizon 2020, and other Ocean Energy Europe activities, visit the Become a Member area.