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EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters

The goal of the Mission on Ocean is to restore our ocean and waters by 2030.

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What the Ocean and Waters Mission deals with

The goal of the Mission on Ocean is to restore our ocean and waters by 2030

Man-made changes are putting our ocean and waters at serious risk leading to pollution, biodiversity loss and extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and heatwaves.

Therefore, the 3 Mission objectives are :

  1. Protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity in line with EU biodiversity strategy.
  2. Prevent and eliminate pollution of our ocean, seas and waters in line with the EU action plan towards zero pollution.
  3. Make the blue economy carbon neutral and circular in line with the European Climate law.

Ocean Mission Implementation Plan

The Ocean Mission Implementation Plan aims to be the operational blueprint for how the Commission will deliver on the overall objective of the Mission on Ocean.

Mission Ocean, Seas and Waters : open calls

In early 2022, the first calls for proposals under Horizon Europe will make available €114 million to support the rolling out of the Mission. Alongside Horizon Europe the Mission also mobilises the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), InvestEU and other EU programmes. Together they will provide around €500 million in seed funding during 2021-23.

The new Ocean and Waters Mission calls (2022 calls) have been published on 10 May 2022 and can be consulted on the Funding & Tenders Portal. The Commission will organise an Info Session on the EU Missions 2022 calls on 17-18 May. More information here. Back-to-back a matchmaking event for consortium building is organised on 19 May. More information here

Results of EU-funded Water-related projects 

A portfolio of projects & results on water research and innovation funded under past framework programmes FP6 (2002-2006), FP7 (2007-2013) and Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and the current Horizon Europe framework programme (2021-2027) can be found in the CORDIS database.

A Synergy Info Pack showcases 34 research projects funded through the complementary programmes of Horizon 2020 (including SME Instrument), LIFE and EMFF. 

Ocean and Water-related projects supported by European Regions can be found in the KOHESIO database.

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ERC grants awarded to professor Inez Germeys

Professor Inez Germeys leads the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven, which is a large multi-disciplinary research group focusing on the interaction between the person and the environment in the development of psychopathology. She has received a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant (INTERACT) and Proof of Concept grant (IMPACT). With these grants professor Germeys and her team researched a new mobile self-management therapy for patients with a psychotic disorder. The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Daily Life (ACT-DL) was further developed for the clinical environment. In line with that the Horizon 2020 IMMERSE project aims to thoroughly evaluate strategies, processes, and outcomes of implementing a digital mobile mental health solution.

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