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Preparatory Phase

The creation of EMSO Research Infrastructure was supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) from 2008 to 2012. The Research Infrastructure programme (implemented through the Capacities section of FP7) has implemented a Preparatory Phase projects, for research infrastructures promoted by the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) forum for new Research Infrastructure. The main goal of the Preparatory Phases was the creation of the organisational backbone of the Research Infrastructure. The main objective of the EMSO-Preparatory Phase (EMSO-PP, a 4-years project running from 2008 to 2012) was to establish the legal and governance framework for the infrastructure serving scientists and other stakeholders in Europe and outside Europe for long-term deep water observation and investigation. This framework will enable the deployment of the infrastructure and its long-term management. Moreover, it will promote the catalytic process and synergic effort at EC and national levels, coordinating and harmonising all available resources.From the legal point of view, the main goal is to adopt the ERIC (Europan Research Infrastructure Consortium), as the most appropriate legal framework suitable for the management of EMSO.

Issues to be solved

The Preparatory Phase solled critical issues that were not addressed by other projects, for instance:

  • The diversity of regional sites in terms of available legal frameworks;
  • The harmonisation of funding (national, European, international, industrial) with respect to scope, objectives, and timing;
  • The logistic constraints regarding available resources, and environmental protection;
  • Possible technical bottle necks for which currently no off-the-shelf solution is available will be investigated.

1. EU Contract

2. Consortium Composition

 1. Factsheets about the Preparatory Phase
Instrument Combination of Coordination and Support Action and Collaborative Project

Title of project

European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory Preparatory Phase



Grant Agreement Number



Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia

Co-ordinator contact point

Paolo Favali

Date of entry into force of the EU Contract

April 1, 2008

Start date

April 1, 2008

End date

March 31, 2012


48 months

Maximum Community financial contribution

€ 3 900 000
Contractual reporting
periods *

*: reports to be sent within 60 days of the end of each period

M48 + final activity and financial reports
 2. Consortium Composition

Beneficiary name

Beneficiary short name



Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia INGV Italy


Institut Français de Recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer IFREMER France


Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung e.V. KDM Germany


Marine Institute IMI Ireland


Unidad de Tecnologia Marina del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas UMT-CSIC Spain


Goteborgs Universitet UGOT Sweden


Hellenic Centre for Marine Research HCMR Greece


National Oceanography Centre Southampton NOCS United Kingdom


University of Tromsø UIT Norway


Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidaded de Lisboa FFCUL Portugal


Istanbul Teknik Universitesi ITU-EMCOL Turkey


Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek NIOZ The Netherlands