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Funding research & innovation

Over the past 10 years, the European Commission has invested over €300m in ocean energy research, development and innovation (RD&I), through a multitude of funding programmes.

Ocean Energy Europe focuses its resources on ensuring that European funds address the needs of the sector and are adequately designed, to facilitate access for ocean energy companies.

OEE regularly briefs its members on new funding opportunities and calls for proposals. OEE also reaches out to its members to feed information on ocean energy RD&I priorities to the European Institutions.

Horizon 2020 - The EU's flagship RD&I programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme ever. €80 billion of funding is available through the programme between 2014 and 2020. It supports ocean energy research, development and innovation, with calls specific to the sector, and of general relevance.


Ocean Energy Europe research shows that Horizon 2020 has already awarded €140m to ocean energy between 2013 and 2017; an average of €28m per year.


The successor of Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe will be launched with new calls in January 2021. OEE is engaged on behalf of its members with the European Commission to ensure the next funding phase is aligned with the needs of the industry.


For more information and analysis on Horizon 2020 visit the OEE Members Area.

ETIP Ocean, a network of ocean energy experts

The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy (ETIP Ocean) was launched by Ocean Energy Europe in 2013. It is officially recognised by the European Commission as an advisory body for research and innovation.


Since 2017, ETIP Ocean is funded by the European Commission to define ocean energy research and innovation priorities, discuss solutions with the industry, and European and national policy makers.


ETIP Ocean organises free-to-attend webinars and events on industry priorities and disseminates information on R&I activities.


To learn more about ETIP Ocean visit

FORESEA - Supporting demonstration in real-sea conditions

The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) project helps bring ocean energy technologies to market by providing access to North-West Europe’s world-leading network of test centres: 

  • European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC): Orkney Islands, UK
  • SmartBay: Galway, Ireland
  • SEM-REV: Nantes, France
  • Tidal Testing Centre: Den Oever, Netherlands

Access to test sites is provided through a programme of competitive calls, run by the project’s consortium.

Through the project, the performance of innovative ocean energy technologies is demonstrated in real sea conditions, helping to leverage the investment needed to take these new products to market.


Ocean Energy Europe provides support to the test centres for the smooth roll-out of the project.

Ocean DEMO - Supporting ocean energy transition to multi-device farms

Ocean DEMO is an €13m Interreg North West Europe project. It helps bring offshore renewable energy technologies to the market by providing free access to North-West Europe’s world-leading network of test centres.


Ocean DEMO specifically targets multi-device ocean energy installations. This will allow developers to prove their technology at full commercial scale.



European technologies are currently leading the world in ocean energy, and many devices have already been tested extensively at sea.


Ocean DEMO will ease the transition towards multi-device farms by providing free access to Europe’s world leading network of open sea test centres.

Marinet2 - Supporting RD&I activities

MaRINET2 will accelerate the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy technologies and infrastructure by providing companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups and researchers with fully-funded access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries and their marine energy experts.


This project, supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme is led by MaREI/UCC, and is in its second iteration. The first MaRINET phase proved the value of the project during its 4.5 years’ lifespan by providing 700 weeks of access to 178 projects and 800 companies.

The second phase of MaRINET2 will run from 2017 to 2021.