Results of the "Euskampus Missions 1.0" 2021 Programme call for proposals

The 9 selected projects demonstrate the degree of complementarity between research groups of the Euskampus trustees, which are committed to developing joint responses to achieve more resilient societies and promote the sustainability and recovery of the oceans.


The range of projects submitted to the "Euskampus Missions 1.0" 2021 Programme includes a variety of initiatives: search for alternatives to prevent the dumping and accumulation of waste from fishing activities in marine ecosystems with the consequent environmental impact, improvement of the design of floating wind turbines, which are oversized and subject to high loads due to their strong interaction, and research into robotic technologies that facilitate the circular economy. A varied range of lines of research with many solutions to orchestrate joint responses to major challenges. 

The Euskampus Missions programmes were created with the aim of generating a network of research, training and innovation capacities that allow specific missions to be defined in certain mission areas. To this end, different types of initiatives will be activated, including, for example, the Missions 1.0 Programme. 

An Euskampus Mission is:

... a joint response

... led by Euskampus trustees

... and coordinated with other entities and stakeholders

... to fulfil pre-defined objectives that address a major scientific, technological, environmental, cultural, economic or social challenge, or a combination of them

... through a coordinated agenda of education, research, knowledge transfer and dissemination actions.

In addition to providing funding for the projects, Euskampus will work with this network in the design and implementation of a working methodology based on challenges and aimed at maximising the potential impact

To do so, a process of mentoring, guidance and support will be developed:

  • It starts with the definition of the mission: the goal is to identify a modality of intervention and a specific challenge that allows the coordination of efforts to provoke transformations that contribute to its solution.
  • It is developed in terms of impact: impact assessment is conceived as a key means of analysing and managing the changes that are generated around the challenge to be tackled.







With this call for projects, Missions 1.0 aimed to activate innovative projects, both in terms of their research purpose and their methodology and interdisciplinary and systemic approach, with the objective of promoting more resilient societies and the sustainability and recovery of the oceans.  

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The programme will be open to Euskampus Entities and their partner entities from the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation System (SVCTI) and/or from New Aquitaine.  

Following the launch of the call in mid-November, a period of one month was established for proposals to be submitted. They were then subjected to an external evaluation to ensure excellence and to assess the aspects that make this programme a unique initiative: scientific and technical quality, adequacy of the research teams, applicability and expected impact on the context and stakeholders, complementarity and interdisciplinarity of the research teams, and the adequacy of the budget to the work plan.

Based on the external evaluation, they were finally selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Complementarity with requested or ongoing projects that respond to the identified challenge
  • Projection towards other local, state and international calls for proposals
  • Inter/transdisciplinarity in the projects, incorporating different stakeholders with special attention to students
  • Complementary activities aimed at maximising the transfer and social impact of the project
  • Complementarity with other projects and potential for the definition of a mission area

The level of collaboration between Euskampus entities has been very satisfactory. The areas of knowledge to which the research groups belong are as follows:

  • Experimental Sciences
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Social and Legal Sciences

Among the disciplines covered by the projects, we find a wide spectrum ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Circular Economy, Renewable Energies in the marine environment, or Climate Change Adaptation and Opportunities, to name a few.

The organisations collaborating in Euskampus have made funds of €115,000 available to foster cooperation through a co-funding scheme for the development of these projects. Many of them have additional means of funding and they all aspire to obtain further financial support from other programmes (Basque, national and European) to continue advancing along the proposed lines of research.

The 9 projects selected, according to the two modalities, are the following:

Resilient Societies

  1. ZIRKBOTICS: Research in robotic enabler technologies for the circular economy, by means of automation of processes of disassembly, dismantling and remanufacturing.

PI1 Damien Sallé, TECNALIA

PI2 Beñat Landeta Manzano, UPV/EHU

PI3 Christophe Merlo, Estia-Research 

  1. PLASFITO: Fate and effect of microplastics, nanoplastics and additives coming from fishing net degradation. S

PI1 Edgar Dusacre, University of Bordeaux (UB)

PI2 Miren Pilare Cajaraville, UPV/EHU

  1. 0: Cyber Resilience for Industry 4.0.

PI1 Jasone Astorga Burgo, UPV/EHU

PI2 Toufik Ahmed, University of Bordeaux (UB)

PI3 Leo Mendiboure, Université Gustave Eiffel

Oceans and waters

  1. ValDesMar: Recovery of marine debris into high value-added biopolymers: process selection and proposal, quantification of environmental impact reduction and analysis of economic profitability 

PI1 Erlantz Lizundia, UPV/EHU

PI2 Maider Iturrondobeitia, UPV/EHU

PI3 Veronique Coma, University of Bordeau

  1. HEMEN: Ecological concrete for marine energy harvesting structures. 

PI1 Juan José Gaiter Redondo, Tecnalia

PI 2 Aitor Barquero, UPV/EHU

  1. REDISH: Relationship between sedimentary dynamics and hydrodynamics on the Basque continental shelf. 

PI1 Néstor Vegas Tubía, UPV/EHU

PI2 Aldo Sotolichio, Université de Bordeaux (UB) 

  1. CpDeFOWT: Aerosorgailu flotatzaileen kontrolaren diseinu bateratua / Control co-design of floating wind turbines. 

PI1 Josu Jugo, UPV/EHU

PI2 Eider Robles, Tecnalia 

  1. DIA: Structural health diagnostics of offshore wind platforms using artificial intelligence techniques. 

PI1 David Pardo, UPV/EHU

PI2 Vicenzo Nava, Tecnalia

PI3 Al Hashemian, BCAM

  1. URPEKARI: Itsas Energiarentzako Urpekari Autonomoen Diseinu Taldea, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for Marine Energies design group, AUUV design group. 

PI1 Iñigo Martínez de Alegría, UPV/EHU

PI2 Lidia Rodríguez Mendez, UPV/EHU

PI3 Joseba López Mendia, Tecnalia

Missions 1.0 Programme A Euskampus Fundazioa contribution to the development of initiatives that generate opportunities to orchestrate joint responses to major challenges. 

Access the full text of the call for proposals here.