M²OCEAN emanates from the long lasting cooperation between research groups of the University of Antwerp (medicine and health sciences, biology, fysics) and the former Artesis University College of Antwerp (rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy, industrial sciences).  In 2012 this collaboration led to a succesfull application of a Hercules grant type 2 for medium sized research infrastructure that led to the establishment of the Multidisciplinary Motor Centre Antwerp in 2012.