Communication Technology

Interreg Italy - Croatia

Programme: INTERREG ITALY-CROATIA (Strategic Projects)

Priority: 1.1 - Enhance the framework conditions for innovation in the relevant sectors of the blue economy within the cooperation area – Blue technology

Project title: Developing innovative technologies for sustainability of Adriatic Sea


Duration: 2020 - 2022

Total budget: EUR 5.555.755

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Main challenges in Programme area according to EUSAIR are low competitiveness on international markets of SMEs, the effectiveness of the innovation activities, human skills capacities, lack of support schemes and weak involvement of stakeholders and interrelation of business, research and the public sector in sectors of blue economy. To tackle these challenges, INNOVAMARE project aim is to enhance framework conditions on cross-border level by jointly develop and implement strategical and operational level capacity that consist of mix of policy instruments and innovation players as a frame for development of innovative technologies for sustainability of Adriatic Sea. Project is set up on mission-oriented approach that rather than focusing on sectors – as in traditional industrial policy – mission-oriented policy focuses on problem-specific societal challenges, which many different sectors interact to solve. In this case the project focusing on using mix of policy instruments together with innovation players to increase effectiveness of innovation activities of underwater robotics and sensors in direction of sustainability of Adriatic sea as a crucial strategical societal challenge on cross-border level. INNOVAMARE project has 9 main outputs:

1. Development of a cross-border network for scientific-research sector and the private sector based on demand and offers
2. Developed methodology and business plan for DIH for innovative underwater robotics and sensors and living lab in Adriatic sea,
3. Designed and implemented questionnaire for stakeholders,
4. Developed tools and workshop materials for raising human capital,
5. Pilot action I. - creating a prototype that is innovative robotic solution as a platform for development of solutions for monitoring and prediction of the sea pollution,
6. Pilot action II. – analysis of the obtained results on pilot action I and guidelines for the improvement of underwater conditions,
7. Established DIH (Digital innovation Hub) for innovative underwater robotics and sensors and living lab in Adriatic sea,
8. Developed strategy and action plan for the enhancement of framework conditions for raising collaboration and networking in the field of robotics and sensors for further steps in public policies based on quadruple helix approach,
9. Policy recommendations.

Contact person in CommTech:


  1. Croatian Chamber of Economy (Croatia)
  2. Regional Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Veneto Region (Italy)
  3. University of Trieste (Italy)
  4. Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation (Italy)
  5. ISMAR - National Research Council (Italy)
  6. Maritime Technology Cluster FVG (Italy)
  7. Communication Technology Srl (Italy)
  8. National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (Italy)
  9. Ruder Bošković Institute (Croatia)
  10. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Croatia)
  11. University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
  12. University of Rijeka (Croatia)
  13. Geomar Ltd (Croatia)
  14. Šibenik Knin County (Croatia)

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