The Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster 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 maritime sector stakeholders.

The 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 Images & Réseaux, Valorial and Atlanpole Biotherapies clusters, 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 members bid for project funding under the H2020 Research and Development programme.

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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.

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The services offered include monitoring and circulating targeted intelligence to members regarding H2020 calls for projects, conducting diagnostic surveys for SMEs and providing support and guidance for setting up European projects.

This partnership of clusters and technopoles is guaranteed to succeed and has shown positive results by the midway stage: 300 businesses are now fully aware of the initiative, 59 businesses have had a diagnostic survey, 14 businesses have received support with submitting European projects and 6 businesses are now receiving European funding.7

Launched in June 2016 for an initial period of 24 months, the initiative is still going strong. Anyone keen to develop a project and increase its chances of success, find a European partner or obtain more information about the initiative, should not hesitate to get in touch.:




The Brittany NOE Network is a group of Brittany stakeholders involved in developing and supporting European research and innovation projects. Their aim is to encourage and facilitate access by research units and businesses to European R&I project funding, particularly in the context of the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


The network’s members organise training and information events on European research projects for all academic and non-academic researchers in Brittany. The Brittany NOE Network broadens the reach of events organised by its members. It promotes exchanges between different stakeholders and different sectors and leads joint discussions about current and future European research funding, and about Brittany’s potential role in European research.




Hub Europe brings together the leaders of Pays de la Loire research and innovation networks to share information and good practice on European matters. The intention is to improve the collective take-up of funding and partnership opportunities afforded by the European Union.

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Hub Europe is a workspace designed to promote the exchange of good practice and information on European matters. The aim is to generate collective momentum and the emergence of European projects in response to the European Commission’s calls for projects. At the same time, the Hub is seeking to enhance awareness of the value to Europe of research and innovation stakeholders in Pays de la Loire.






The PMBA cluster is consolidating its role at the forefront of the European maritime community and, among other activities, is involved in identifying partners, participating in European programmes, engaging in interclustering initiatives and lobbying European bodies.


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 consolidating its expertise to meet the needs of its members relating to innovation and their positioning on emerging markets such as MRE, management of coastal and estuarine waters and satellite services.

The cluster’s dynamic European role is reflected in its current involvement in 4 European projects for an overall budget of almost 600,000 euros.

2017 was a particularly positive year for the cluster, which secured three European projects – EBB, SAFER and IFADO – submitted as part of 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 hard work by Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, which is now recognised as a major player in the European blue economy. The cluster is generating benefits for its members in promising areas such as multi-use offshore platforms, biological databases and fishing and aquaculture.




Current projects



  • Interreg France (Channel) England
  • ICE


Contact: Philippe Monbet - and Anaïs Turpault –  


Completed projects



Pooling and optimising usage of offshore platforms



New sources of feed for sustainable aquaculture



Internationalisation strategy of Earth observation businesses



Developing collaborative tools with specific functionalities – such as modelling, data integration and big data management – in the form of virtual research environments (VREs) for the fishing, aquaculture and environmental sectors



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 



Downstream Observatory Organised by Regions Active in Space _ Network 


Channel MOR

Facilitating SME integration into emerging marine renewable energy markets  


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