The Pôle encourages the development of transnational, collaborative projects. At 11 million km2, France’s maritime Economic Exclusion Zone is the second largest in the world, offering outstanding assets to actors in the maritime sector.

The Pôle Mer cluster provides SMEs with the support needed to export their products and know-how. It strives to ensure its members benefit from its international collaborations and its capacity to act at a European level.


Guidance and support


Croissance Europe

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, in association with the clusters Images & Réseaux, Valorial and Atlanpole Biotherapies, is overseeing the Croissance Europe initiative, which has successfully secured funding from the French Ministry of Economic and Financial Affairs. This initiative is aimed at helping SME cluster members bid for project funding under the H2020 Research and Development programme.

To achieve this, Croissance Europe brings together four clusters in Brittany and the Loire region – Technopôle Brest-Iroise, Technopôle Quimper-Cornouaille, Atlanpole and Laval Mayenne Technopôle.

The services offered include monitoring and circulating targeted intelligence to members relating to H2020 calls for projects, conducting diagnostic surveys for PMEs and providing support and guidance in putting together European projects.

This partnership of clusters and technopoles cannot fail to pay dividends and is showing positive indicators at the midway stage: 300 businesses now fully aware of the initiative, 59 businesses diagnosed, 14 businesses supported with European project submissions and 6 businesses already receiving European funding.

Launched in June 2016 for a period of 24 months, this initiative is still going strong. Anyone keen to develop a project and increase its chances of success or seeking a European partner or more information about this initiative just needs to get in touch.





The PMBA cluster is expanding its role at the forefront of the European maritime community: identifying partners, participating in European programmes, engaging in interclustering activities, lobbying European bodies, etc.

DG Mare expertise

The European Commission and DG Mare are actively working on the skills and training required for the future of the blue economy.

A group of experts has been assembled to devise a strategy for this fast-changing sector with the aim of ensuring effective cooperation between training establishments and industry. Its task is to identify at-risk sectors of the maritime economy – economic aspects, ageing workforce, etc. – and to understand the maritime industry’s lack of attractiveness. A set of recommendations will be drawn up and submitted to the Commission over the next three years.

Philippe Monbet, Deputy Director of Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, has been selected as an expert on blue economy skills and career development. Philippe’s vision and experience will serve the Commission in its work and, at the same time, he will represent the needs of cluster members in his dealings with European bodies.






Through its interclustering activities and participation in European projects, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique is boosting its expertise relating to its members’ innovation needs and positioning on emerging markets: MRE, management of coastal and estuarine waters, satellite services, etc.

The cluster’s dynamic European role is reflected in its current involvement in 8 European projects for an overall budget of almost 1 million euros.

2017 was a particularly fruitful year for the cluster which secured three European projects – EBB, SAFER and IFADO – submitted as part of the Interreg Atlantique, and two further projects – INvertebrateIT and Entropi – in response to the Easme Blue Technology call for projects.

This success is the culmination of several years of work undertaken by PMBA, now recognised as a major player in European blue growth and its members enjoying the resulting benefits of promising themes for the future – multi-use offshore platforms, biological databases, fishing and aquaculture, etc.



Current projects




  • Interreg France (Channel) England
  • ICE







  • H2020
  • Blue BRIDGE


Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique is partner in the BlueBRIDGE project funded as part of Horizon 2020 and managed by CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Italy’s national research council.

This project is working on developing collaborative tools with specific functionalities – models, data integration, big data management, etc. – in the form of virtual research environments (VREs) for the fishing, aquaculture and environmental sectors.

The cluster’s role is to promote the tools within its network and, more generally, among targeted stakeholders interested in the functionalities offered by BlueBRIDGE. It is also responsible for circulating the results and organising workshops and training.

Contact: Philippe Monbet - and Anaïs Turpault –  


Completed projects  


European Marine Science Applications Consortium

Ensuring appropriate research efforts to develop economic markets associated with managing coastal and estuarine waters




Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities



Towards a Joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatories


  • DORIS_Net

Downstream Observatory Organised by Regions Active in Space _ Network


  • Channel MOR

Facilitating SME integration into emerging marine renewable energy markets 


Global exports



Several partnership missions are conducted annually with the Pôle Mer Méditerranée cluster and the support of DGE, France’s Directorate General for Enterprise, and Business France (UbiFrance), the international business development agency. The purpose of these missions is to help cluster members grow internationally by encouraging bridge-building and by developing collaborative innovation.

Individual, B2B and working meetings provide an opportunity for members to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms for accessing different markets.

During 2017, PMBA organised several partnership missions to Malaysia and Australia and continued to foster its special links with Canada and South Korea.

New missions to Argentina, Vietnam/Thailand and Canada are being organised in 2018.