MarTERA: ERA-NET Cofund on Marine/Maritime Technologies | JPI OCEANS

MarTERA: ERA-NET Cofund on Marine/Maritime Technologies

Joint Action Facts
Action period: December 2016 - November 2021
Funding: € 30,300,000
Strategic area:
  • Technology, Platforms and Sensor Development
Type of action:
  • Joint call
  • Research alliance
  • Knowledge hub
  • Network of people
  • Interacting with ERA-Nets and other activities
  • Training
Lead countries:
  • Germany
More Information
Secretariat Contact:

Hanna Lee Behrens (Research Council of Norway)


The overall goal of the MarTERA Cofund is to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in maritime and marine technologies and Blue Growth. The consortium launched its first cofunded call in December 2016 and its second joint call in November 2018. In response to the first joint call 19 projects requesting 23 million € were selected for funding. 

The joint call  was initiated by 18 funding organisations of the former ERA-NET MARTEC consortium and JPI Oceans members from 16 countries/regions, with cofunding of the European Commission:

  • EU Member States countries/regions: Belgium-Flanders, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain;
  • EU associated countries: Norway and Turkey
  • Third countries: Argentina, Belarus and South Africa.


An overview of all funded projects can be found in the table below: 

Acronym Name Project budget
ARIM Autonomous Robotic Sea-Floor Infrastructure for Bentho-Pelagic Monitoring
Total Cost: 3.1 M€
Funding: 2.2 M€

Biomass and Fish Size Estimation System

Total Cost: 1.4 M€
Funding: 1.0 M€
COMPASS Control of an Operational Mining Path Through an Auto-Adaptive Steering System
Total Cost: 3.6 M€
Funding: 1.4 M€
FATICE Fatigue Damage from Dynamic Ice Action
Total Cost: 2.1 M€
Funding: 1.5 M€
Functional Amyloid Chimera for Marine Biosensing
Total Cost: 1.1 M€
Funding: 0.6 M€
FLEXAQUA Aquaculture Operations with Reliable Flexible Shielding Technologies for Prevention of Infestation in Offshore and Coastal Areas
Total cost: 1.1 M€
Funding: 1.1 M€
Gitaro.JIM Geophysical Interpreatation with Target-Oriented Joint Inversion Modules
Total cost: 2.5 M€
Funding: 2.0 M€

Retrospective Analysis of Historical AIS Data for Navigational Safety Through Recommended Routes

Total cost: 1.2 M€
Funding: 0.8 M€
Integrated Technologies Longterm Deployment of Robotic Underwater Platforms
Total cost: 1.0 M€
Funding: 0.8 M€

Ocean-Air Synoptic Operations Using Coordinated Autonomous Robotic Systems and Micro Underwater Glider

Total cost: 1.9 M€
Funding: 1.0 M€
OCEANSensor Development and Metrological Improvements of Marine Chemical Sensors
Total cost: 1.9 M€
Funding: 1.4 M€

A Compact Combined UAV Polarimetric KU Band Radar and EO/IR Sensor System for Oil Spill and Sea Debris Detection

Total cost: 0.9 M€
Funding: 0.5 M€

Analysis Methods and Design Measures for the Reduction of Noise and Vibration Induced by Marine Propellers

Total cost: 2.5 M€
Funding: 1.9 M€
Robotic Vessels as-a-Service
Total cost: 1.8 M€
Funding: 1.5 M€
Ship Routing Accounting for Changable Sea Conditions
Total cost: 0.4 M€
Funding: 0.4 M€
SeaMag High-Performance Seawater Magnesium Batteries for Marine Application
Total cost: 1.9 M€
Funding: 1.5 M€
Solutions for Semi-Automated Monitoring of Benthic Biodiversity
Total cost: 1.5 M€
Funding: 0.6 M€
SMARTAQUA Development of Smart Nanostructured Layers for Sensing Corrosion in Aquatic Structures
Total cost: 0.7 M€
Funding: 0.7 M€
Tools for Optimizing Performance of Voyages at Sea
Total cost: 1.7 M€
Funding: 1.2 M€


The main objective of MarTERA is to address a number of actual challenges that can be identified as follows:

  • National and European research in several marine and maritime sectors is often poorly coordinated. Synergies towards implementing common goals could only be achieved through better coordination and harmonizing the foci of funding programmes; 
  • While collaborative projects funded by the EC are often quite large and complex to attract participation especially of SMEs, national funding schemes offer limited opportunities to collaborate with foreign partners, especially if cross-border funding is impossible; 
  • The participation in trans-national projects offers advantages by using respective national funding, to tackle complex projects which cannot be accomplished by one nation alone; 
  • Transnational projects provide a better chance for innovation to enter into new markets; 
  • The cross-cutting perspective in technology development can lead to innovations capable of benefiting more than one sector, hence increasing the impact of the funded trans-national projects. 
  • Bringing industry and research actors across borders together will strengthen Europe’s economic position underpinning Blue Growth. 
  • Through trans-national cooperation it is feasible to create critical mass and focus excellence on precompetitive breakthroughs, which can benefit marine and maritime industries in general and make them more competitive in the longer term, thereby maintaining Europe’s competitive edge. 
  • To create critical mass and address the needs for technologies in maritime operations.


  • Bring new knowledge-intensive products and services for marine and maritime activities to the market.
  • Increase the resource efficiency, security, safety and environmental compliance of maritime activities. 
  • Help implement the European strategy on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), in particular with regards to advanced materials and manufacturing. 
  • Support trans-national, pan European research networks and synergies
  • among national/regional and European EU research programmes
  • Facilitate economies of scale and research investment efficiency by better alining national/regional research programmes, in particular within the Joint Programming Initiative “Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans”.
  • Strengthening the dissemination of maritime and marine research results at the national and European level.


Sectors with a high potential for sustainable blue economy like waterborne transport, shipbuilding & ship repair, offshore and sub-sea activities, monitoring and observations, can support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole and use the potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for jobs, value and sustainability. Technological breakthroughs are of importance for improving ocean governance, which is by itself a big market for maritime industries recalling that European countries spend approximately 1 billion Euros annually on purchasing and running infrastructure to monitor the seas and oceans.

Research and innovation activities in these fields cannot be tackled either at national levels alone, or by a single sector alone. Coordinated actions are required for the maritime industry to strengthen Europe’s position in this important and complex economic field in a global market. Concentrated and targeted Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) funding on common research priorities will foster maritime and marine technologies in Europe. In this highly competitive sector networking, trans- national collaboration and joint initiatives are the keys to success.


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