Blue Technology: transfer of innovation solutions to sea basin economies


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Blue Technology: transfer of innovation solutions to sea basin economies

Available Funding: 
€ 2.520.000. Please see Further Financing Information below.

This call for proposals aims to support strategic transnational partnerships to develop joint roadmaps#1 at sea basin level in order to coordinate investments for innovation in a specific high potential blue growth technology, domain or value chain. In order to realise this objective, projects should implement the following core activities: 

  • Develop a joint roadmap including an investment plan for a promising blue growth technology area, domain or value chain at sea basin level;
  • Mobilise public-private partnerships that will develop two to three bankable/ready-to-invest demonstration projects.


A roadmap is an ‘action plan that identifies and coordinates relevant new business and investment opportunities in a sea basin on a mid- to long-term scale, in order to harness the development potential of a chosen blue growth technology, domain or value chain’, call for Proposals EASME/EMFF/2016/

Eligible Applicants: 

Applicants from all EU Member States as well as from third countries are eligible. Applicants established in non-EU countries are eligible:

  • if a project activity is carried out outside the territory of the Union, and;
  • if the involvement of those applicants from non-EU countries is necessary in view of the nature of the action and in order to achieve its objectives.
  • Public private legal entities;
  • Applicants must be active in the field of research and innovation, and/or in regional cooperation and/or in the implementation of National/Regional Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies and/or in the blue economy and related sectors;
  • Legal entities having a legal or capital link with applicants, which is neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation, may take part in the action as affiliated entities, and may declare eligible costs as specified in the proposal (section 11.2 of the call for proposal).

This call for proposals is open to all blue growth related technology areas, domains and value chains. Nevertheless, projects contributing to the implementation of EU priority areas such as the Circular Economy, the Digital Agenda and the Energy Union and Climate are particularly encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium (partnership) of minimum 3 legal entities, i.e. cluster organisations and/or business network organisations all of which are providing or channelling cluster and network support services, in compliance with the definition of innovation clusters given in the "Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation". Each of these minimum 3 cluster organisations and/or business network organisations must be located in a different EU Member State.

Project Length: 

The deadline for submitting applications is 30/09/2016. Participants will be informed in January 2017 of the results and the grant agreement will signed by March 2017. Projects should not exceed the duration of 24 months.

Further Financing Information: 

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is € 2.520.000, which might be increased by maximum 20%.


EASME expects to fund up to four proposals.


According to the call for proposal, it is estimated that proposals requesting a contribution of between €600.000 and €800.000 would allow the objectives of this call for proposals to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

For more Information: 

For more information regarding the procedure do not hesitate to read the call for proposal along with its annexes.

All questions related to the call may be sent by e-mail to:, indicating as subject title the call reference "EASME/EMFF/2016/ - Blue Technology".

If you need further information concerning access to EMFF funding you can contact the national authority in charge of managing the operational programme in your country.