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Maritime Research Programme - MaFo



Maritime Research Programme - MaFo

Background & policy context: 

The German Maritime Research Strategy 2025 offers two funding initiatives including the “Maritime Research Programme” that supports the national research community as well as the industry for ship-building and marine technologies. Project Management Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich) coordinates both initiatives on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The Ministry is making an important contribution to secure the future of the maritime industry by funding environmentally friendly maritime technologies, maritime digitalization and smart technologies, maritime safety and security as well as technologies to access maritime resources.

Strategic Objectives: 

Objectives of the programme are as follows:

The main areas of research are ship technologies, production processes in shipbuilding, shipping and ocean engineering. Latest thematic requests arise from the cross-cutting issues:

  • – Improvement of vessels and components (e.g. green propulsion) to support green shipping, green production and blue growth
  • – Digitalisation and smart technologies including Industry 4.0 standards in the production processes as well as the use of intelligent sensor technologies, network technologies, big data, robotic systems, higher automation, autonomy technologies and the use of smart materials
  • – The improvement of technical safety, reliability and security will be an essential contribution to secure people, environment, infrastructure and goods within the maritime environment. Maritime surveillance systems, different assistance systems and other safety components can offer an important contribution therefore.
  • MARITIME.value – The use of maritime resources will be a key issue for further development. Latest trends require higher demands in the supply of raw materials. There is a need to develop environmentally sound, robust and cost-effective maritime technologies to get access to valuable raw materials, renewable offshore energy and sustainable food.
Programme organisation: 

Recommended application process (projects): at first outline, complete application after confirmation

Leading Institutions:

German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions:  Amount of 160 Million € in total;

Funding Rate depends on different parameters, typically from 25% up to 100%

Total Budget: 
Total Budget: EUR 32 mi
Participating countries: 
Projects covered: 

open programme, calls are possible, ERA-NET participation (e.g. MarTERA) possible

Contact Name: 
Ms Elke Pross
Contact Email: 
Forschungszentrum Juelich, PT Juelich
Fachbereich Maritime Technologien (MGS 2) Zimmerstraße 26 - 27
Contact country:
0049 30 20199 507