SUCCESS is a European research project financed for 3 years (2015-2018). It is part of the H2020 Strategy, which is the EU Research and Innovation Programme for the period 2014-2020. H2020 puts the emphasis on three core themes: science of excellence, industrial leadership and societal challenges. It aims to raise the level of excellence in Europe’s science base, encourage important achievements, discoveries and “world-firsts” by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Included in the Blue Growth Strategy, defined by the European Commission as “a long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole” (COM(2014) 254/2), SUCCESS specifically addresses topic BG-10-2014: Consolidating the economic sustainability and competitiveness of European fisheries and aquaculture sectors to reap the potential of seafood markets.
The SUCCESS consortium includes 24 academic partners (universities, research centers) and non-academic partners (industrials, firms) from 11 different countries, all working in the field of European fisheries and aquaculture.
It is composed of a core group of key economist partners, partners covering other areas of expertise, and seafood industry partners, to make sure that all the facets of the issues at stake are appropriately dealt with: social sciences (sociology and psycho-sociology), environmental and ecological sciences, modeling, food industry, market analysis, marketing tools, innovative products, etc.
The involvement of key stakeholders is also crucial for the success of the project. The analysis of the value chain and the development of proposals to improve the economic viability of the sector along the value chain depend heavily on the understanding of the underlying processes and key data. Companies, public representatives, etc. will be asked if they want to participate in the project to bring inputs to the partners’ analyses and preliminary results.