Maritime KIC Study

Project Service:

Studies & Policy Advice

Service duration: April – December 2013
In close cooperation with its consortium partners, s.Pro has been responsible for:
  • Identifying all existing “Blue Growth” KIC projects
  • Evaluating the maritime activities of KICs and producing scorecards
  • Developing a model for a maritime KIC
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October 2013 – April 2014
Under a Service Framework Contract with the EU Commission / DG MARE, s.Pro as part of a consortium under the lead of IDEA/Ecroys has developed the “Study on the support of KICs (Knowledge Innovation Communities) to the development of the Blue Economy”.

As part of the EU’s efforts to support the development of the marine and maritime economy, this study has identified how existing or new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) could contribute to blue growth in the EU.

The purpose of this study has been to scope existing KICs and their blue growth-related functions to outline policy recommendations on how to further strengthen the marine and maritime activities of KICs by assessing various policy options, including the creation of a new maritime KIC.

KICs bring together research, higher education and business with the aim of reinforcing the EU’s innovation capacity. A second wave of KICs has been due to begin operation in 2014, bringing the total number to seven, while a third wave is due to be selected in 2018.