RITMARE Flagship Project is one of the National Research Programmes funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. RITMARE is the leading national marine research project for the period 2012-2016; the overall project budget amount to 250 million euros, co-funded by public and private resources. RITMARE is coordinated by the National Research Council and involves an integrated effort of most of the scientific community working on marine and maritime issues, as well as some major industrial groups.
TYPE AND DATE
CNR Flagship Project
STARTING DATE – 2011
ENDING DATE – 2014
COST € 2,702,000.00
FUNDING € 1,621,200.00
RITMARE is divided into seven sub-projects:
- Maritime Technologies for the development and construction of a Demonstration Vessel
- Technologies for Sustainable FishingPlanning of the Maritime Space in Coastal Waters
- Planning of the Deep Marine Environment and the Open Sea
- Observation System for the Marine Mediterranean Environment
- Research, Training and Dissemination Structures
- Interoperable Infrastructure for the Observation Network and Marine Data.
The aim of RITMARE is to implement what is suggested in the Blue Paper in terms of research and innovation, by means of a national programme of scientific and technological marine research.
More specifically, RITMARE has been structured around the following three objectives:
- to support integrated policies for the safeguard of the environment (the health of the sea);
- to enable sustainable use of resources (the sea as a system of production);
- to implement a strategy of prevention and mitigation of natural impacts (the sea as a risk factor).
In this framework, RITMARE represents a significant opportunity for the Italian marine scientific community to:
- Increase synergies between those Research Bodies and University Consortia that are involved in marine research, facilitating the emergence of excellence and promoting cooperation;
- Strengthen cooperation between the world of research and Italian Industry in two complementary directions: inducing the research community to respond to the needs of industry and encouraging the latter to contribute to a relaunch of the technologies available to marine researchers. This will enable the creation of a new generation of researchers, specifically by means of industry-research joint doctorates;
- Enhance Italian participation in European projects and initiatives, increasing the number of Italian scientists appointed as project coordinators and promoting participation in joint programmes (e.g. JPIs) where the resources made available by the participants are matched by contributions from the EU.
The objective over the five years is to set up a system for maritime research that is more internally cohesive, better coordinated with the international scientific community and more in tune with Italy’s economic and industrial players.
SOURCE OF FOUNDING
National Research Council of Italy
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare (CoNISMa, Italy
Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA), Italy
Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Italy
Stazione Zoologia Anthon Dorn, Italy
Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la fisica delle Atmosfere e delle Idrosfere (CINFAI), Italy