DOORS: Developing Optimal and Open Research Support for the Black Sea

Start Date

June 1st, 2021

End Date

May 31st, 2025

Funding Body

Horizon 2020


GeoEcoMar: The The National Research-Development Institute for Marine Geology and Geoecology (Romania)

Reseaarch Partners

GeoEcoMar,Grigore Antipa National Marine Research and Development Institute, Mare Nostrum, The Institute of Oceanology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, GeoMarine, Burgas Free University, Ifremer, Pôle Mer Méditerranée, GIS and RS Consulting Center GeoGraphic, Helmholtz Center Hereon, Brockmann Consult, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Kantor Management Consultants, Athena Reserarch and Innovation, University College Cork, CNR-ISMARNational Earthquake Observatory, Tiraspol State University, Deltares, The Polytechnic University of Catalonia, SOCIB, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University, Dokuz Eylül University, Karadeniz Technical University, Odessa State Environmental University, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, The University of Stirling, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, National Oceanography Centre, Michael Rea Media, EuroGOOS, Euro-ARGO ERIC, EMSO ERIC, EMBRC ERIC, Lifewatch ERIC



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The Black Sea is a unique sea basin, rich in biodiversity, geological and cultural heritage, which is subject to combined effects of natural and human-induced stressors. In recent years, the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was devised to coordinate stakeholders from academia, funding agencies, industry, policy and society to address the specific challenges of this marine basin and promote Blue Growth and economic prosperity in the region. The EU-funded DOORS project is an exciting venture to implement the SRIA in close cooperation with stakeholders and other projects in the region. DOORS will harmonise research, deliver the data and knowledge infrastructure required to understand the Black Sea ecosystems, develop a trans-national framework to support Blue Growth and the early development of start-ups, and provide evidence to shape policy in line with the Black Sea SRIA.


Within this project, UCC brings its expertise in Capacity Building and strategic knowledge transfer activities to bear. To do this, UCC is partnering the wealth of experience within Ireland’s MaREI centre, with key regional leaders, focusing its efforts on supporting the region’s Blue Growth entrepreneurs and innovators of the future to recognise and seize opportunities in the Black Sea region.