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Top sector: Water
Subsector: Maritime

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Maritime technologies and operations; impact on marine environment

Introduction
Technology foundation STW will open, in cooperation with NWO/ALW and starting January 24th of 2013, a call for proposals that fit within the research and innovation agenda of the top consortium for knowledge and innovation (TKI) Maritime

This call is an implementation of the government policy for top sectors and it challenges researchers and entrepreneurs to develop the fundamental knowledge that will allow technological breakthroughs and innovative applications. The sector Maritime, within the top sector Water, is an essential driver for a strong Dutch economy. The Netherlands are the European maritime centre and possess the strongest maritime cluster in the world. The total direct turnover of the Dutch maritime sector is 26.3 G€ and it employs 185,000 people.

The Maritime Innovation Contract is the means by which the maritime TKI aims to expand this already strong position, focusing both on economical and societal challenges. The central theme of the Innovation Contract is the research and innovation agenda of the TKI Maritime. Academic researchers are invited to submit research proposals that address the scientific and technological challenges that fit with this research and innovation agenda. Knowledge areas from which ideas are solicited are:
•               Hydrodynamics
•               Constructions and materials
•               Systems and processes
•               Design and build technology
•               Maritime operations
•               Impact on the marine environment

Note that specifically invited are also proposals that address the above mentioned scientific and technological challenges together with a study on their impact on the marine environment (multidisciplinary projects).

An explicit link with one of the TKI Maritime’s innovation themes is required. These themes are:
•               Extraction of natural resources and fuels at sea (mining and other extraction)
•               Clean ships (fuels, fuel saving and emissions)
•               Smart ships (special purpose ships, defence, safety)
•               Smart ports (interaction between ships and harbour infrastructure)

Financing
This call, as yet, is one-time only. The budget for the call is 4.5 million Euros, excluding the contributions of third parties (co-financing). The call is jointly financed by  STW and NWO and the budget is initially earmarked for two research lines (compartments):

  • The first compartment of 3 M€ is meant for research into to the scientific and technological challenges that fit with the research and innovation agenda of the maritime TKI.
  • The second compartment of 1.5 M€ is meant for the same topics but should also include research into the impact on the marine environment. These projects will have a minimum of two researchers, of whom at least one will focus on environmental research.

Although the budget distribution for the compartments is initially fixed, STW and NWO reserve the right to a redistribution that befits the number and quality distribution of the submitted proposals. This will specifically be the case when required budget associated with the number of high quality proposals for the second compartment exceeds the initially allocated 1.5 M€.

Call specifics[1]
The deadline for submission of proposals is April 23, 2013 (AM 11:59 h). The review procedure is intended to be concluded within six months. When there are many proposals, a pre selection may be part of the procedure and it may take longer to conclude.

The proposals are subject to the following minimum conditions:

  • Projects must fit with at least one of the items on the innovation and research agendas of the TKI Maritime.
  • Projects must always demonstrate a clear link with the themes of the innovation agenda of the TKI Maritime. This means that a demonstrable fit with an item on the research agenda alone is not sufficient!
  • Projects intended for the multidisciplinary compartment must moreover plan for a minimum of two researchers, at least one of which will focus on the impact on the marine environment.
  • The STW/NWO contribution to the project cannot exceed € 500,000.
  • The total costs of a project, including co-financing, cannot exceed € 1000,000.
  • Co-financing constitutes at least 35% of the total project costs.
  • Of this co-financing, at least an amount equal to 25% of the budget that is requested from STW/NWO must be supplied in cash. This condition is equivalent to at least 20% of the project’s cash requirements (project costs minus in kind contributions) or at least 16.25% of the total project costs.
  • The general funding conditions, as well as the intellectual property policies of STW apply to the Maritime2013 call and its ensuing grants.
     

Submission of proposals
Only proposals that are submitted using Iris will be entered into the review procedure.

Required documents are:

Contact
For further information on this call, please contact one of the STW/NWO Program Managers: dr. Xavier Weenink or dr. Josef Stuefer (NWO/ALW).

Maritime2013 Matchmaking and third party contributions
In order to match interested academics with potential industrial partners a matchmaking event was organised on Februari 20th 2013.

The program is as follows:

9:30                         Registration and coffee at “office Willemswerf” (Boompjes 40, Rotterdam)

10:00 – 10:25          Presentation by Dr.ir. Bas Buchner (MARIN), on “The maritime innovation contract”
10:30 – 10:55          Presentation by Dr.ir. Ruben Sharpe (STW), on “Specifics of the Maritime2013 call”
11:00 – 11:25          Presentation by Dr. Alison Gilbert (VU), on “Marine Spatial Planning”

11:30 – 11:55          Presentation by Prof.dr. Henk Brinkhuis (NIOZ), on Ocean-going research with RV Pelagia
12:15 – 13:30          Lunch

14:00 – 16:00          Harbor tour on board the Henry Hudson with opportunity for the presentation of pitches and further matchmaking

The pitches, given during this event, can be found on the pitch presentation page.

Suggested research topics
To facilitate the matchmaking, some proposed research topics of which the industry has already expressed their very concrete interest are listed below. The hyperlinks will lead to short descriptions of the proposed research along with the names of possible industrial partners and a description of the in kind contribution that they could make to the research:

This list of possible topics is meant to inspire and is by no means exhaustive. Interested industrial partners are hereby invited to submit their own topics for inclusion on this website to the STW program manager.

Ocean-going research
As a contribution to projects answering to the Maritime 2013 call, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) may facilitate the use of the multi-purpose oceanic research vessel Pelagia. NIOZ is responsible for management, logistics, execution and supervision of ship operations performed by a dedicated crew and experienced professionals from the department of Marine Technology. The ship can be equipped with a broad range of state-of-the-art instruments that have been developed and designed for global ocean research and deep-sea surveys, primarily in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Black Seas (www.nioz.nl). As an OFEG member NIOZ has access to a European pool of deep sea equipment (www.ofeg.org). The use of these facilities is restrained by availability. NIOZ intends to make RV Pelagia accessible for the upcoming Maritime 2013 call to perform operations at sea during 2014-2015. A draft agenda for the ship schedule and the potential research areas will soon be presented.  For information on the logistics of R/V Pelagia, OFEG facilities and availability of equipment, interested parties are invited to contact Dr. Erica Koning (erica.koning@nioz.nl). For the information related to the planning of scientific programs please contact Dr. Alina Stadnitskaia (alina.stadnitskaia@nioz.nl).


[1] The call specifics are more fully elaborated in the call text. The conditions in the call text take precedence over the information on this website.

Financieringsinstrument 
Doel 
This call is an implementation of the government policy for top sectors and it challenges researchers and entrepreneurs to develop the fundamental knowledge that will allow technological breakthroughs and innovative applications. The sector Maritime, within the top sector Water, is an essential driver for a strong Dutch economy. The Netherlands are the European maritime centre and possess the strongest maritime cluster in the world. The total direct turnover of the Dutch maritime sector is 26.3 G€ and it employs 185,000 people.
Begindatum 
2013
Einddatum 
2017
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