Marine Biotechnology in Romania

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UPDATED August 2016

Overarching science strategies, plans and policies

There is currently no national strategy or plan specifically for Marine Biotechnology research. Relevant research is considered under a much wider scoped plan and strategy:

  • The National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) 2007-2013 (PN II) and National Research, Development and Innovation Strategy from the National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS)[1]

Research funding schemes and programmes

  • The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)[2] implements five out of the six programmes of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2007-2013 (PN II):
  • Human Resources (exploratory research)
  • Ideas (exploratory research)
  • Partnerships in Priority Areas (applied research)
  • Innovation (innovation and technology transfer)
  • Capacities (R&D infrastructure)
  • The R&D Programme Partnerships in Priority Areas does not refer explicitly to marine biotechnology; the research support is structured in nine thematic areas, similar to FP7:
  • Information and communication technology (10%)
  • Energy (10%)
  • Environment (10%)
  • Health (14%)
  • Agriculture, food safety and security (14%)
  • Biotechnologies (12%)
  • Innovative materials (7%)
  • Processes and products (15%)
  • Space and security (8%)
  • Socio-economic and humanistic research (10%)

Research priorities


Strategic documents


Infrastructures and coordination and support capacities / initiatives

  • In 2012, Romania operates 2 local/coastal vessels of 25,8 and 31,86m (Istros, Steaua de Mare 1), and 1 global vessels from 66m to 82,20m (Mare Nigrum) registered at the European Research Vessels Infobase [3].
  • In 2012 Romania maintains about 1 large marine research equipments registered in the European large Exchangeable instruments database [3].
  • Key aquaculture experimental and research facilities in Romania include
  • Long-line systems (National Institute for Marine Research and Development Grigore Antipa)

Major initiatives


Trends and developments

The national plan for RDI that ends in December 2013 comprises nine research areas, similar to the Seventh European Framework Programme (FP7). At this stage, development of a new national plan for RDI is being initiated. While the details of the new plan are not yet know, it is very likely the priorities will echo the ones elaborated under Horizon2020. It is expected that marine biotechnology research priorities will be considered but perhaps not reflected in an official document for RDI.



This country profile is based on available online information sources and contributions from various country experts and stakeholders. It does not claim to be complete or final, but should be considered as a dynamic and living information resource that will be elaborated, updated and improved as more information becomes available, including further inputs from experts and stakeholders. The information on this page is based on information initially compiled by the CSA MarineBiotech Project (2011-2013) and updated by the Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (2013-2017).