FORCE - Fisheries and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt



Coordinator: National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF), Egypt
Start: 1st November 2011
Duration: 30 months
Funding Programme: 7th Framework Programme (FP7)
Sub-Programme: Co-Operation: Theme 2 Food, Agriculture & Fisheries, and Biotechnology
Funding Scheme: Coordination and Support Action

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The international competitiveness of modern economies is linked increasingly to their ability to generate, adapt and use new knowledge. Science and technology (S&T) are considered to be key factors contributing to achieving sustainable development, prosperity and economic growth. One of the main factors which hampers the sustainable development of aquaculture and fishery in Egypt as well as the whole Mediterranean North African region is the lack of transfer of state-of-the-art S&T. It is of paramount importance to reinforce cooperation with the EU and its neighbours and to enhance the production of knowledge and scientific excellence, on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit.


The main objectives of this project are:

  • To identify potential for more efficient cooperation between EU research institutions and NIOF focused on supporting sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in Egypt,
  • To support NIOF in developing a "tool-box" for environmental impact assessment of aquaculture activities,
  • To support NIOF in defining a short, medium and long term strategy for research valorisation,
  • To disseminate the best practices and to raise awareness among scientists, fishery inspectors and policy makers in support of reaching competent sustainable management of fisheries.

Deliverables/Expected Outcomes:

FORCE will enhance the capacity of NIOF, to carry out research activities aimed at supporting the implementation of sound and science-based policies for the sustainable development of fishery and aquaculture in Egypt, as well as in the whole Mediterranean North African region by:

  • Contributing to the Research and Technology Development capacity building and management in Egypt,
  • Enhancing the participation of Egypt in EU research funding schemes,
  • Increasing the visibility and scope of NIOF with increased linkages between economic and social organisations,
  • Networking with other research centres in Member States or Associated countries,
  • Collaborating with other Mediterranean Research and Innovation Networks projects,
  • Increasing job opportunities that encourage gender equality in Egypt, in particular for young scientists


  • National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF); Egypt (COORDINATOR)
  • University of Ca’Foscary (UNIVE); Italy
  • National Research Council, Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR); Italy
  • AquaTT UETP Ltd (AquaTT); Ireland