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Improvement of Policy Instruments, Exchange of Experiences, Regional Development

Projects Overview
North Sea Wrecks - An Opportunity for Blue Growth: Healthy Environment, Shipping, Energy Production and -transmission

IkerConsulting has been recently entrusted with the responsibility of the management of the North Sea Wrecks  project and will attend the meeting.


The North Sea is littered with thousands of ship and aircraft wrecks, million tons of conventional munitions and Chemical Warfare Agents. Additionally, bunker oil and hazardous cargo in sunken ships puts a threat to human beings, the environment and blue growth operations, such as commercial and leisure navigation, tourism, mariculture and offshore wind parks for example.

Scientists report a lack of information and knowledge about location of wrecks, munitions, lost materials and sea dumped (chemical) waste and its composition.


There is a lack of a co-operation and joint (mitigation) strategy, only fragmented actions at national level exist. The project provides a comprehensive methodology to assess, investigate and describe respective data sources, incl. mapping maritime heritage sites or objects. The project will provide tools necessary for planners, response organizations, economic actors and other stakeholders to assess and propose solutions for risk mitigation regarding wrecks and munitions in the North Sea.

The consortium is formed of public authorities for maritime safety and planning, scientists and private companies dealing with UXO (Unexploded Ordnance).

Methods include exploration of potential data and field sampling with research vessels. We will deliver a powerful network, a Decision Support Database system based on case studies, a risk assessment methodology and policy recommendations for action. Co-operation with existing projects avoids duplication of efforts.


For more information, please visit the project Website.

CLAIM - Cleaning Litter by Developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas

The newly funded EU Horizon 2020 project CLAIM addresses a major environmental problem, the presence and accumulation of plastic debris in the marine environment, which has been increasing substantially in the last fifty years.

CLAIM project targets pollution in marine areas by focusing on the development of innovative cleaning technologies and approaches. The project will design new strategies for prevention and in situ management visible and invisible marine litter with a focus on several scenarios in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. Real environment will be tested in-situ in key areas across the Mediterranean (Lyon Gulf, Ligurian Sea, Saronikos Gulf) and the Baltic Sea (near Denmark). In addition, the project will seek out new business models to enhance the economic feasibility for upscaling CLAIM innovations.

CLAIM is funded under Horizon 2020 Call BG-07-2017: Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas. The project has a duration of four years and brings together 19 institutions, five of which are small or medium enterprises (SMEs), from across Europe. The official project kick-off will take place in November 2017 in Heraklion (Greece).

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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774586

Public Policy Living Lab

The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) project supports countries and regions investing in the field of advanced materials by introducing or improving local policies to support innovation in this field. Special tasks are:

  • Establish Regional Action Plans that will improve the region's innovation ecosystem of advanced materials.

  • Improve policy instruments that support the innovation ecosystem of advanced materials.

  • Improve policy instruments related to the implementation and evaluation of smart specialization strategies.

  • Coordinating/aligning regional policies and strategies between sectors to facilitate innovation ecosystems that go beyond administrative regional boundaries.

The project has a budget of 1,748,206.00 Euros. It will last for four years, running from the 1st of April 2016 until the 31st of May, 2020.

During this time, partners from each region will compare, collaborate and consult each other on how to improve their respective policy instruments. Each partner region will create an action plan which will be executed and monitored during the second half of the project’s duration.

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Creation o a Transnational Ecosystem for Promoting Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship in Strategic Sectors

Creating has been approved for funding under the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility. The project aims to reinforce technology transfer for exploitation of RTD results through the promotion of entrepreneurship and the promotion of cooperation partnerships University-SMEs.


Four partners are involved in the consortium: Ventspils High Technology Park foundation (Latvia), Business Kolding (Denmark), Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen (Germany) and The Baltic Institute of Finland (Finland).


Main aim of the CREATING proposal is therefore to improve and increase entrepreneurial activities in, through the creation of a favourable ecosystem and a Baltic Innovation Entrepreneurship Network (BIEN) as a catalyst which supports and reinforces interdependencies and links between the agents forming the ecosystem. BIEN will concentrate on providing support there where it is more necessary for the exploitation of research results, e.g. at early stages. Based on the idea of open innovation, BIEN will coordinate activities of partner and external related organisations and provide support demanded by SMEs and researchers for the commercial exploitation of research results;


Interregional SME Supply Clusters Along the Northeast Corridor

Access barriers for SMEs to European supply markets are key issues addressed by the project. They cause competitive disadvantages for Baltic SMEs and their regions compared to suppliers acting in large regions. Despite the 2004 adopted EU-package of directives on public procurement, designed to reduce the administrative burden and to make procurement systems more transparent and easier for SMEs and the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) from June 2008, barriers are still effective. BalticSupply seeks to encourage SMEs to be more innovative and to engage in new sectors and niche markets. BalticSupply pursues an integrated and proactive approach to shaping the future of supply logistics and linked innovation policies and competitiveness promotion strategies in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The SME Supply Cluster concept is an innovative instrument for effective regional economic development and SME promotion in the BSR.  BalticSupply cooperates closely with the North Sea Supply Connect project, submitted in the parallel Interreg North Sea Region Programme.


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North Sea Supply Connect


Access barriers for SMEs to European supply markets are key issues addressed by the project. They cause competitive disadvantages for SMEs around the North Sea compared to suppliers acting in large regions. Despite the 2004 adopted EU-package of directives on public procurement, designed to reduce the administrative burden and to make procurement systems more transparent and easier for SMEs and the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) from June 2008, barriers are still effective. NorthSeaSupply seeks to encourage SMEs to be more innovative and to engage in new sectors and niche markets.NorthSeaSupply pursues an integrated and proactive approach to shaping the future of supply logistics and linked innovation policies and competitiveness promotion strategies in the North Sea Region (NSR). The SME Supply Cluster concept is an innovative instrument for effective regional economic development and SME promotion in the NSR.  BalticSupply cooperates closely with the BalticSupply  project, submitted in the parallel Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.


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Baltic Organisation and Network of Innovation Transfer Associations


Research cooperation as well as knowledge transfer between public research organisations and industry is insufficiently applied within the European innovation system. In order to develop the Baltic Sea Region into a high-tech region the available scientific knowledge needs to be successfully transferred into practice. Even though universities are important inventors and users of new technologies, services and products, their innovations often are not transferred for commercialisation. This can be partially explained by a lack of facilitating structures, also commercial mindsets of academic staff can sometimes be improved. At the same time vast innovation potential of SMEs is not fully exploited due to missing resources. The BONITA project addresses these deficiencies by bridging the knowledge gaps between universities, laboratories, industrial actors and policy makers. The project consortium represents a balanced mix of institutions responsible for regional technology transfer.


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New Epoc

Renewing Economic Prosperity of Port Cities


The New Epoc project was funded within the European Interreg III C programme and has since from2003 - 2007 provided a successful forum for the exchange of good practice and administrative innovation regarding the re-development of urban brownfields, maritime heritage and social inclusion.


Key findings of the project are:

  • Port cities must prepare a strategic response to todays challenges of operating in a globalised environment;

  • The importance of working in partnership between all stakeholders has been identified as a key success factor in supporting the ongoing development of the port economy;

  • Global challenges require an international response, and European port cities must internationalise their strategies in the face of competition from other parts of the world.


NEW EPOC delivers in four key areas an integrated tool box for port cities which will support in a very practical way the new EU maritime policy:

  • Urban Economic Challenges;

  • Cultural Heritage;

  • Social Inclusion;

  • MCN-DX Toolbox  an online collection of projects, policies and stories from port cities available to others as inspiration for future development. (Maritime Cities Network Data Exchange).


Making Maritime Museums Commercially Competitive

Public Heritage institutions are increasingly asked to contribute self generated income to their budget. However, in many cases their public and non-profit character does not allow them to become involved in commercial operations and they often lack entrepreneurial competence. MarMuCommerce aimed to bridge this gap by creating a business model that introduces commercial marketing techniques and tools to public institutions.


The results of MarMuCommerce allowed museums and other regional heritage institutions to improve their market opportunities. This enabled them to contribute to the creation of employment and attract new visitors to the region while working jointly with other public or private initiatives concerning the economic revitalisation of former port areas. In this sense, MarMuCommerce contributed to the enhancement of regional development, improving the effectiveness of region al policies and instruments through the transfer of knowledge and joint development on new approaches.


The Partners consist of maritime heritage institutions and Universities from Bremerhaven, Barcelona, Dunkerque, Gdansk, Portsmouth, Taranto, specialised in exhibitions and cultural management, SME support or entrepreneurial training.  A substantial amount of time was spent on analysing legal set-ups and how to create options for commercial engagement without losing non-profit status.


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A Modal Shift in Practice


The project's aim is to develop, design and set effective Hinterland inter-modal freight transport nodes - dryports - which are fully integrated with the Gateway freight handling systems, to adapt a public concept to a private sector model, and to integrated dryports into the EU Motorways of the Sea concept.


The project includes the identification of suitable dryport land sites in the North Sea Region, to start a planning process that will support the increased number of logistics hubs, to assess the environmental and socio-economic impact of improved inter-modality, to develop a business model blueprint and to develop and start-up a IT system.


All project activities will contribute to connecting the dryports with the short sea shipping system to shift interregional transport from road to sea.


Västra Götalandsregionen Regionutvecklingssekretariatet, Sweden. For more information, please visit:

Europe Aid Projects: Regsa, Jelare, Direct

IkerConsulting is supporting partners in the Europe Aid projects DIREKT, JELARE and REGSA with financial reporting matters. The projects are led by HAW Hamburg, partners are located around the globe with a core area in Latin America.


Detailed reporting of project expenditure is a precondition for the reimbursement by the European Union. IkerConsulting, as a specialist for the management of European innovation and development projects, is ensuring an efficient reporting process. With their great experience of rules and requirements within EU funding programmes, staff and partners of IkerConsulting are creating a great relief for scientific staff who as a result can dedicate more of their valuable time on their scientific core tasks.


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Innovation Projects

IkerConsulting helps SMEs in searching regional and national funds for:


  • Research & Development Projects              

  • Organization and Strategy              

  • Human Capital              

  • Market              

  • Development of New Products

  • Entrepreneurship              

  • Founding New Companies: start ups, spin-offs              

  • Investing for Growth

  • Internationalization projects              


In concrete, IkerConsulting supports SMEs in the preparation of business and strategic plans for research, innovation and internationalization strategies, provides guidance and raises public funds and grants for financing such activities and manage the projects after their approval.


Related products are: Business Plans, R&D Plans, Internationalization Strategic Plans, Application for public funds.

Reseach & Development Projects

IkerConsulting also participates on a regular basis in research projects on socio-economic, legal and transport sector. IkerConsulting has participated in the elaboration of several methodologies and tools for identifying individual and team competencies of working groups and teams that allow optimizing performance, motivation and competences of employees.


Based on this experience IkerConsulting was involved in the preparation of a European Project Proposal within the Lifelong Learning EU Programme. With this proposal we intended to increase the understanding of LL as a stress factor whilst supporting workers to understand better the impact of LL and stress on their personal development.

Training and Capacity Building

IkerConsulting organises and gives seminars, lectures and workshops in different fields linked with research, development, technology transfer and innovation, like for example:


  • Business Models

  • New Product Development

  • Intelectual Property Rights

  • Technology Transfer Options

  • Creativity

  • Project Development

  • Consortium Management

Martabal Project

MARTABAL (MARiTime heritage Atlas BALtic sea) is the one year project run from June 2013 to September 2014 funded within Seed Money Facility of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region under the Priority Area Culture - Developing and promoting the common culture and cultural identity.


MARTABAL aims to enhance the existing prototype of the "Maritime Heritage Atlas of the South Baltic" and create a complete portfolio of the Baltic Heritage including historic sites and objects, constructions, museums, lighthouses, historical ships and warships, ports and shipyards, natural attractions which belong to maritime heritage, cultural and touristic events. It is a first step responding to the growing demand of high-quality products in the field of culture, tourism, nature and ‘edutainment’. The Seed Money project gives the opportunity to explore and research in detail the options of the Atlas development within the scope of content creation, new IT technology and tourist sector requirements. Moreover, it will allow to identify the most promising network of individuals that would open up a platform for collaboration around the startup idea. MARTABAL as the technical project will work out necessary components to prepare the application to the EU or national funding sources e.g. the European Structural & Investment Funds programs 2014-2020 or European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg) V, Creative Europe or the Research Framework Program HORIZON 2020 It will include a description of activities and outputs, the composition of the partnership and the indicative budget of the future main project.

Transnational Cooperation
Social Innovation
Cultural Heritage
North Sea Wrecks
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