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Nordic Marine Innovation Programme

  • Published 07/02/2013
The programme is the first of its kind in bringing the marine industry together across the borders in the Nordic Countries. The programme ran from 2011 to 2014 and is now closed.


This programme ran from 2011 to 2014 and is now closed.



In the initial phase of the programme the industry’s needs were investigated, through several studies, with focus on innovation and competitiveness in the global market. This uncovered some overall challenges such as sustainability, future competence and a better general perception of the sector. These challenges could be met by finding and developing innovative solutions for recruitment, increased sustainability and image building. 

Here you can read more about the studies.


Based on the studies, in close dialogue with the industry and the programme’s funding consortium an initiative was built to create Nordic added value in the marine sector. 


The aim of the programme is to enhance the innovation capability in the Nordic marine sector and thereby its profitability and competitiveness in a global market. 


Fourteen projects

About 100 people are involved in the projects that were funded through the programme. The participants are from the entire Nordic region and Canada. 

The diversity in the projects shows that the programme is serious about meeting the identified challenges. The projects range from automated pin bone removal in white fish, utilization of algae for energy purposes, to projects aiming to improve the attractiveness of the sector. 


The projects will not only realize innovative ideas in the Nordic marine sector, but also increase the sector's innovative competence, through participation in the programme and its network. 


Here you can find further details about the projects.


Fact sheets

To summarize the main results from the projects, a fact sheet is availabe to download here.

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The total budget for the programme is 109 million NOK of which Nordic Innovation contributed 40 million. 


Other memebers and funding partners in the Nordic Marine Innovation Programme are Fisheries Research Fund Iceland, Innovation Norway, Fiskvinnugranskning Faroe Islands, Nordic Working Group for Fisheries Co-operation and Nora.