Strategy group in planning

EU Flagship Initiatives


In the period 2021 to 2027, more than one billion euros are to be invested at EU level for marine research and innovation. This offers German marine research the chance to make a substantial contribution - subject to active participation in the calls for proposals. 

The focus is on the following three flagship initiatives: 

  • EU Partnership Sustainable Blue Economy - This partnership "Climate Neutral, Sustainable and Productive Blue Economy" aims to focus and strengthen pan-European investments in identified socio-political priorities for marine and maritime issues. This initiative is already actively supported by the BMBF, JPI Oceans and some national actors. A co-creating and coordinating role of the German marine research community is envisaged and the perspective of a MarineKIC from 2025 will be taken into account. 
  • Mission Starfish 2030 - In 2020, it was decided to implement 5 missions that are particularly important for the population and economy in the EU. The missions are to be achieved in a medium-term period through precise implementation plans. A broad spectrum of measures is to be used - from basic to applied research, innovation promotion and co-design approaches with societal actors. These missions also include a mission Starfish 2030which is to be implemented with an expected funding volume of up to one billion euros in the period 2021 to 2027. The KDM scientifically coordinated Ocean Plastics Labs initiative has contributed substantially to the initiation of this mission.
  • Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) on "Ocean and Water" (Marine KIC Initiative) - In 2011, KDM initiated a lobbying community to convince the EIT to establish a KIC on sustainable marine management. The Marine KIC Initiative was born, with more than 80 supporting institutions from all over Europe. Although no direct success was achieved by 2015, with the support of EU parliamentarians, regional governments and the European Commission, the EU decided in January 2021 that the EIT should launch a call for proposals on "Marine and Water" in 2025 with an expected budget of around €300 million. For this reason, KDM started to reactivate the Marine KIC initiative to initiate next steps in 2023.

More information on the initiatives:

Foundation of a strategy group

In order to secure the commitment and involvement of the highest possible number of German marine research institutions, KDM will A Strategy Group EU Flagship Initiatives found.

More information will follow here shortly.