Centro de Ciencias do Mar do Algarve (Portugal)
CCMAR is and independent multidisciplinary, non-profit research organisation within the University of Algarve, with the mission of promote research and education on processes in the marine environment, with emphasis on biological interactions and the sustainable use of resources. CCMAR provides short-duration courses and post graduations through the University of Algarve. Knowledge and technology transfer activities directed at SMEs are and increasingly important component of the action portfolio along with an active program of outreach in collaboration with National and International programs. CCMAR is one of the foremost marine science research centers in Portugal, classified EXCELLENT in the 2014 research assessment of the Foundation for Science and Technology, with competence in a range of areas of aquaculture, fisheries, biotechnology and ecology.
CCMAR has an annual budget of 4.6 million € and hosts 253 scientists and technical staff (scientists, young scientists, PhD students and technicians). CCMAR publishes 150-200 articles annually and in the last 5 years had 15 patents and established 2 spin-off companies. In the last 5-year period, the main funding sources have been the Foundation for Science and Technology, the European Commission, Regional Development Fund (FEDER, the Innovation Agency, S.A.) and private funds.
One of the central aims of CCMAR is to contribute to the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry, through basic and applied research directed to studies on nutrition and physiology of fish, protein metabolism, on the development and optimisation of production systems and feeding regimes for fish. CCMAR has infrastructures and equipment to carry out research and advanced training, and has been a partner in several H2020, FP7, and FP6 projects. CCMAR is the national node for MoU-signed EMBRC (www.embrc.eu), Aquaexcel2020 (www.aquaexcel2020.eu), (ELIXIR (www.elixir-europe.org), and EMSO (www.emso-eu.org/).