JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental platform that strives to increase the impact of national investments in marine and maritime research and innovation. By joining forces, JPI Oceans focuses on long-term collaboration between EU Member States, Associated Countries and international partners. The platform provides its member countries with a shared voice, strategic agenda and action plan to address complex ocean-related societal challenges that cannot be solved at national level.

JPI Oceans has ten Strategic Areas for marine and maritime research in Europe:

  1. Exploring deep sea resources
  2. Technology and sensor developments
  3. Science support to coastal and maritime planning and management
  4. Linking oceans, human health and wellbeing
  5. Interdisciplinary research for good environmental status
  6. Observing, modelling and predicting oceans state and processes
  7. Climate change impact on physical and biological ocean processes
  8. Effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems
  9. Food security and safety driving innovation in a changing world
  10. Use of marine biological resources through development and application of biotechnology

Malta actively participates in JPI Oceans Management Board meetings and has also managed to secure its participation in three actions in which research funding calls are issued:

More information on JPI Oceans can be found in the official website – http://www.jpi-oceans.eu/