A sound strategy for marine biotechnology research, technology development and innovation and a concerted coordination of relevant national and regional programmes are urgently needed in Europe. The Coordination and Support Action ‘MarineBiotech’ is a response to this, aiming at an ERA-NET in marine biotechnology that can deliver ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’, a core objective of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Bringing together 11 partners from 9 countries, MarineBiotech will work with Europe’s other initiatives including SEAS-ERA, ERA-IB, ERA Bioenergy and the new Joint Programming Initiative in Healthy Seas and Oceans, as well as other relevant projects and programmes.
MarineBiotech is coordinated by the Research Council of Norway and managed by BioBridge Ltd UK. The 1st invitation-only workshop Mobilisation and Engagement of Funding Agencies and Stakeholders took place in Faro, Portugal 26th-27th April 2012, organised by the Portuguese science funding agency FCT.