JPI Ocean

The Cluster is a part of the National Reference Group, appointed by the Norwegian Government. The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) is an intergovernmental platform for marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe. JPI Ocean role, as a coordination platform, focuses on making better and more eff icient use of national research budgets, which represent 88% of the research funding within Europe. The goals and objectives of JPI Oceans address the intersections between the marine environment, climate change and the maritime economy enabled by observations, infrastructure, technologies and human capacities. JPI Oceans will allow to develop joint research programs in which countries can be involved making decisions on what contribution to make: this may include institutional, project-related or new funding

By joining forces, JPI Oceans focuses on long-term collaboration between EU Member States, Associated Countries and international partners. The platform provides its member countries with a shared voice, strategic agenda and action plan to address complex ocean-related societal challenges that cannot be solved at national level.

JPI Oceans adds to the value of national research and innovation investments by aligning national priorities and implementing joint actions.
This is achieved by:
  • planning and launching joint calls for transnational research and innovation projects
  • sharing research infrastructures and resources
  • enhancing science-policy cooperation with stakeholder involvement to translate science into policy
  • initiating new forms of collaboration between projects and scientists
  • strategic community building, disseminating and communicating research results to support their exploitation and facilitating mutual learning
In supporting research and innovation JPI Oceans is helping to ensure society has better knowledge of the seas and oceans, and the potential for sustainable blue growth and jobs whilst also addressing  the challenges of climate change and human impact on the ocean.

JPI Oceans is incorporated as an international nonprofit association (AISBL) under Belgian law since 2018.

Actions and projects

An overview of all actions and projects initiated by JPI Oceans can be found here.


The strategy of JPI Oceans is defined by its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) which was published in May 2015. The SRIA presents ten Strategic Areas, developed and agreed by JPI Oceans (with the support of CSA Oceans) as strategic priorities for marine and maritime research in Europe. The ten strategic areas are:

  1. Exploring Deep Sea Resources
  2. Technology and Sensor Developments
  3. Science Support to Coastal and Maritime Planning and Management
  4. Linking Oceans, Human Health and Wellbeing
  5. Interdisciplinary Research for Good Environmental Status
  6. Observing, Modelling and Predicting Oceans State and Processes
  7. Climate Change Impact on Physical and Biological Ocean Processes
  8. Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Ecosystems
  9. Food Security and Safety Driving Innovation in a Changing World
  10. Use of Marine Biological Resources through Development and Application of Biotechnology

In addition to the Strategic Areas, three cross-cutting issues have been identified where JPI Oceans can add value in the European landscape.

  1. Science-Policy Interface
  2. Human Capacity Building
  3. Infrastructures

Joint Programming?

Joint programming is a concept introduced by the European Commission in July 2008 and is one of the initiatives aimed at implementing the European Research Area (ERA). The concept intends to tackle the challenges that cannot be solved solely at national level and allows Member States and Associated Countries to participate in those joint programming initiatives where it seems useful for them.

The main objective is to increase the value of relevant national and EU R&D and infrastructure investments through a combined effort of jointly planning, implementing and evaluating national research programmes. Member States and Associated Countries are expected to coordinate national research activities in the broadest sense. The alignment of resources and the development of common research and innovation agendas  serve as a basis for long-term cooperation through which complementarities and synergies are exploited in order to tackle grand societal challenges.




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