Blue Economy call for projects

Blue Economy call for projects

Available Funding: 
Total: €18.7 million. • Topic 1 (Blue Labs): €5 million • Topic 2 (Blue Careers): €5.5 million • Topic 3 (Blue Economy): €8.2 million
Description: 

This call for proposals aims to accelerate the development and implementation of the EU Maritime Policy and the sustainable development of the blue economy across Europe. This general objective is further divided into specific objectives as described under each of the 3 topics that are part of this call for proposals:

EMFF-01-2018 (Topic 1) – Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges
EMFF-02-2018 (Topic 2) – Blue Careers in Europe
EMFF-03-2018 (Topic 3) – Grants for the Blue Economy: investing in
innovation.

Grant agreements will be concluded in relation to these topics.

Topic 1: Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges

Applicants are invited to submit their project application under one of the following specific themes corresponding to the topic:

Blue bio-remediation
Unexploded ordnances at sea
Innovative marina and leisure boat design
Marine biomass and blue-bioeconomy
Ecofriendly aquaculture

Topic 2: Blue Careers in Europe

Applicants are invited to submit their project application under at least one of the following themes - projects may cover more than one of these themes:

Courses/programmes to develop entrepreneurial skills
Collaboration frameworks between industry and education
Industry-education networks

Topic 3: Grants for the Blue Economy: investing in innovation, specific themes

Applicants are invited to submit projects undertaking concrete activities in at least one of the following categories as part of the project implementation:

Produce new materials, products or devices, and/or install new processes, systems and services, and/or improve substantially those already designed, produced and/or installed; and/or operating pre-commercial pilot manufacturing system; and/or test and validate the manufacturing process of first small series of pre-commercial products
Consult, obtain feedback and validate with relevant stakeholders the technologies/services/products being tested/deployed/scaled-up and/or prepare internal and external organisations for full manufacturing, including development of a value chain; and/or prepare for full commercialisation

The detailed descriptions of funding themes, priorities and activities can be found in the Programme Manual, pp 6-17.

Eligible Applicants: 

The Call is targeted at:

- private entities,

- public entities, or

- international organisations.

Natural persons are NOT eligible.

EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

The applicants should be established in an EU Member State. For projects with activities extending to neighbouring waters outside the territory of the EU the applicants should be established in one of the eligible non-EU countries list in the Programme Manual, p 19, and be necessary for the implementation of the project.

The consortium coordinator (or, for Topic 3, the single applicant submitting the application) has to be established in an EU Member State.

Projects under topic 1 and topic 2 have to involve partners from at least two countries.

Specific eligible conditions

Topic 1: The consortium must comprise at least:

a) one scientific/research body/institution (such as a higher education institution, research centre, technology institute) and

b) one business entity (such as companies, business associations).

Topic 2: The consortium must comprise at least:

a) an educational/training organisation such as higher education institution or an organisation providing vocational training; and

b) a business entity, company or chamber of commerce or legally established maritime cluster.

Topic 3: The grant can be submitted by a consortium of partners with at least one business partner (a profit making legal entity) or a single applicant, which should be a business partner.

Projects should take into account the results of projects supported by other EU funding programmes. Financial support to third parties is not allowed.

The detailed descriptions of partner eligibility and can be found in the Programme Manual, pp 19-21.

Project Length: 

24 or 36 months

Further Financing Information: 

The EASME has set an estimated EU contribution per project and number of projects to be funded:

Topic 1: Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges

Between EUR 500,000 and EUR 1,000,000.
EASME expects to fund approximately six proposals.

Topic 2: Blue Careers in Europe

Between EUR 500,000 and EUR 1,000,000.
EASME expects to fund approximately seven proposals.

Topic 3: Grants for the Blue Economy: investing in innovation, specific themes

Between EUR 500,000 and EUR 1,000,000.
EASME expects to fund approximately nine proposals.

This overall budget for this call might be increased by maximum 20%.

The detailed descriptions of project budget and  financial set-up of the grants can be found in the Programme Manual., pp 17-18; 31-33

For more Information: 

For more information on the European Commission Blue economy call for project, please see: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/blue-economy-call-187-million-availab...

For submitting an application, please use the Participant Portal Electronic, see the Participant Portal Online Manual

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