Project COLUMBUS aims to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EC-funded marine and maritime science and technology research can be transferred effectively to advance the governance of the marine and maritime sectors.

The EU has been funding a large number of marine and maritime R&I projects spread across different programmes. Recent efforts have been made to monitor and facilitate access to information on these projects or their results. However, key tangible outputs are not always known or exploited when they could be of use to marine and maritime stakeholders, scientists and policy makers.

COLUMBUS has been designed to efficiently manage knowledge and carry out Knowledge Transfer resulting in measurable uptake and application. The project will carry out a process to identify knowledge needs from an end-user perspective so that all activities are focused on knowledge that has a high potential to be impactful if identified and transferred. This information will feed into the Knowledge Transfer cycle of the process driven WPs that run in three overlapping cycles for the duration of the project as it focuses on nine different thematic node-based subjects/sectors.