DOORS aims to harmonise research and provide the infrastructure to better understand the Black Sea, particularly its ecosystem characteristics.

DOORS, short for 'Developing an Optimal and Open Research Support system to unlock the potential for blue growth in the Black Sea', will also develop the framework to support Blue Growth and early development of start-ups, and provide evidence to inform policy and behavioural change. To achieve its ambitious objectives, the project team will work closely with stakeholders from the start to develop an open research system and establish a framework to support continuous stakeholder dialogue.

DOORS will implement three Work Programmes: a System of Systems to harmonise approaches and provide an accessible data repository, a Blue Growth Accelerator to support enterprise, and Knowledge Transfer and Training to share best practice and build capacity.

EMBRC is involved in the harmonisation of methodologies for sampling, measurement, analysis and modelling, taking into account best practices. EMBRC will also be supporting the sustainable development of businesses underpinning Black Sea Blue Growth (BG) as well as developing formal and informal learning, education, training and use of knowledge and technologies. EMBRC will further participate in the promotion of stakeholder dialogue and co-design towards sustainable and effective support to the Black Sea research and innovation partnerships through the implementation of the Black Sea Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). 

Project dates: June 2021 to June 2025
EMBRC role: EMBRC HQ is involved in WPs 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 (see details above)
Funding: €9,000,000.00, EMBRC budget: €100,000.00 (Horizon 2020, under grant agreement number 101000518) 

Current projects

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