CIIMAR follows a market-driven approach to support the development of a sustainable blue economy while tackling important societal challenges. Through the implementation of Large Scale Mobilizing R&TD Programs, R&D projects in co-promotion with companies and the CIIMAR’s Blue Business Development Platform, the Centre promotes the transfer of knowledge, fostering the development of new technologies, products and services with a strong technology and innovation component.


Disruptive ideas and technologies are driven to acceleration programmes, such as BIP – Business Ignition Programme and Blue Bio Value, enabling knowledge value creation through entrepreneurship.


CIIMAR is a founding member of the National Maritime Cluster – Forum Oceano, the Blue Bio Alliance, and more recently, the B2E Co-LAB – Collaborative Laboratory for Blue Economy. Co-LABs are non-profit private entities with the main goal of implementing research and innovation agendas geared at creating economic and social value, fostering the consolidation of collaborative practices between scientific, technological, higher education entities, and the social and economic sector.

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