SEAS-ERA is a network of 21 partners, including 19 national R&D funding organizations from 18 countries and the Marine Council of the European Science Foundation. The overall objective of SEAS-ERA is to establish a platform of R&D funding organizations for the coordination and integration of national/regional marine research programs in order to develop a comprehensive European operational framework for marine research in relation to both European basins (Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea) and pan-European challenges. It started in May 2010 with a duration of four years under the European Union's 7th Framework Programme. The main sub-objectives of SEAS-ERA are:
- improve cooperation and coordination of national/regional R&D funding programs to establish a European Marine and Maritime Research Agenda;
- mobilize competitive and non-competitive funds for research in a more coordinated way, through joint Calls and joint programs, respectively;
- propose a plan for sustainable and improved use of existing marine research infrastructures by developing a common vision;
- reduce imbalances between regions by building human capacity, helping to establish a pan-European strategy for mobility and human resource training;
- increase public awareness of marine and maritime policy and science issues in Europe, as well as emphasize the role of science in marine and maritime policy.