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OSEAN is an interdisciplinary research unit, with special intervention in the following areas: Green and Blue Economy; Eco-Entrepreneurship; Green Accounting and Sustainable Finance; Digital Innovation; Sustainability and Social Inclusion.

OSEAN works to create an impact on the community and obtain recognition of excellence, not only from its peers but also from society itself.

Research Areas

OSEAN is an interdisciplinary research unit, with special intervention in the following areas: Green and Blue Economy; Eco-Entrepreneurship; Green Accounting and Sustainable Finance; Digital Innovation; Sustainability and Social Inclusion.

OSEAN works to create an impact on the community and obtain recognition of excellence, not only from its peers but also from society itself.

Although interdisciplinary in scope, the main research areas detailed below.

Based on three pillars of sustainable business development in the green and blue economy—social, economic, and environmental—in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, proposing circular and regenerative economic models; and the ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) strategy. Core activities are:

  1. Contribute to increasing the competitiveness of companies in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
  2. Disseminate good international practices to support the performance of organizations in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
  3. Reinforce education, training, and cooperation programs with other ORs and other regions in Europe and the world.

Tackling the environmental issues of entrepreneurship. Core activities are:

  1. Research new organizational models that stimulate innovation and creativity in the development of ecologically efficient and economically viable solutions.
  2. Research and develop new products and technological solutions (including processes) for a more circular economy.
  3. Promote the link between higher education researchers and their partners to experiment with sustainable technologies, materials, and processes.
  4. Develop sustainable sources of raw materials and components.
  5. Increase the use of clean energy sources: solar, wind, and marine.

The environment is becoming a central issue in the business world and economic and financial activities. To respond to pressure from stakeholders, companies will have to collect, process, use, and disseminate information related to the natural environment. Core activities are:

  1. Research environmental accounting metrics, their institutionalization, and their impact on market behavior.
  2. Research funding sources for sustainable investments (namely “green bonds” and other financial instruments).

The fourth industrial revolution is transforming the business reality in an accelerated way. Characterized by Connectivity, Databases, and Computing (Sensors, Internet of Things, “Cloud”, and “Blockchain”); Advanced Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence; Human-Machine Interaction (Virtual Reality, Robotics and Automation); and Advanced Engineering (3D Printing, Nanoparticles, Renewable Energies). Core activities are:

  1. Research new organizational models that stimulate innovation and creativity in the development of ecologically efficient and economically viable solutions.
  2. Research and develop new products and technological solutions (including processes) for a more circular economy.
  3. Promote the link between higher education researchers and their partners to experiment with sustainable technologies, materials, and processes.
  4. Develop sustainable sources of raw materials and components.
  5. Increase the use of clean energy sources: solar, wind, and marine.

The corporate responsibility of organizations already goes beyond the simple creation of value and, in the future, will also have to be an agent of change for an environmentally friendly, more inclusive society with equal opportunities for its citizens. Core activites are:

  1. Research the effectiveness of mechanisms to encourage corporate responsibility in organizations.
  2. Research the practice of the “Principles for Responsible Management Education” and the role of HEIs in implementing local and regional sustainability and inclusion strategies.

FUNDING PROJECTS

HORIZON-MISS-2023-CLIMA-01

Project Name: Geologically Enhanced NaturE-based Solutions for climate change resiliency of critical water InfraStructure

Description: This topic relates to the Mission’s objectives to mobilize at least 150 regions in testing the solutions locally most needed to build climate resilience and to deliver at least 75 deep demonstrations of systemic transformations to climate resilience. The proposal should develop and test at least one innovative solution, combining technological, social and business innovation, leading to an increase of the resilience and adaptation capacity to climate change in the involved regions and communities of the agriculture sector and the related value chains. Nature based solutions[1] and the restoration of cropland and grassland should be explored as priority and at the very heart of the development whenever possible.

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HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-51

Project Name: Entrepreneurial & Innovative Universities Acceleration Programme

Description: The new ERA is expected to strengthen the R&I dimension of HEIs through a comprehensive institutional Higher Education Transformation Agenda in synergy with the European Education Area, reinforcing their role as drivers of change, fostering their recovery, enabling shared objectives between the EU and Member States’ initiatives to support higher education institutions in their efforts to transform on their education, research, innovation and service to society missions. To deliver on the transformation agenda for HEIs a large-scale concerted action in support of the institutional transformation efforts of HEIs will be required, including a standard methodology to develop roadmaps of EU, national and regional actions and investment measures for institutions or alliances.

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European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Project Name: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education in Europe’s Outermost Regions (INCORE)

Description: INCORE boosts innovation and entrepreneurial capacity in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Europe’s Outermost Regions (ORs). The project will improve the framework conditions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs, in particular high-tech start-ups) and universities to cooperate and co-create new value, businesses, products and services. The actions will substantially increase the entrepreneurial capacity of the participating universities.

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