New EU Funding Expands Opportunities for Guest Researchers at Kristineberg and Tjärnö
Two newly approved EU projects offer researchers financial support for their stay at Kristineberg, Tjärnö and other European marine stations. This initiative aims to advance research in climate change, sustainable aquaculture, fisheries, and the blue economy.
“The marine environment is facing unprecedented challenges, and a coordinated effort is necessary to access marine stations across Europe,” says Sam Dupont, Senior Lecturer at the University of Gothenburg and resident scientist at Kristineberg. “This funding will enable researchers to access some of the best marine stations in the world, including Kristineberg, in Sweden.”
Calls for applications in 2024
The two EU projects, "Integrated Research Infrastructure Services for Climate Change Risks" and "Research Infrastructure Services for Sustainable Aquaculture, Fisheries and the Blue Economy," have secured a total budget of €15 million each.
Researchers working on climate change, sustainable aquaculture, fisheries, or the blue economy will be able to apply for funding that effectively allows them to stay at Kristineberg Center and Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, and use the station's infrastructure at no cost.
The first call for applications is expected to open sometime in 2024.
Opens Kristineberg to excellent scholars
“This is a fantastic opportunity both for scientists and the research stations, as it removes the economic barrier and enables all excellent scholars in Sweden and Europe to utilize the facilities,” says Linus Hammar, Station Manager at Kristineberg Center. “Transitioning to a sustainable blue economy in the face of urgent climate challenges requires in-water research and innovation, which will now be greatly facilitated.“
The two projects were funded through the Horizon Europe Framework Programme's call for "Research infrastructure services to support health research, accelerate the green and digital transformation, and advance frontier knowledge."
The application for the projects was initiated through The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC).