Marine Litter


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Marine Litter

Available Funding: 
Indicative budget €2.000.000. Please see ‘Further Financing Information’.

The call for proposals aims to support the reduction, monitoring and quantification, removal and recycling of marine litter. In particular, this call aims at supporting projects that develop methodologies and technologies to:

  • Reduce the amount and harmfulness of marine litter from sea-based sources;
  • Monitor and quantify the contribution of sea-based sources of marine litter;
  • Remove and recycle, in an environmentally sound and resource-efficient way, marine litter found in seas and oceans in the European sea basins/areas.

Projects have to be undertaken in at least one of the following priority areas and may cover more than one of these areas.

  • Reduction and prevention

Development and testing of methodologies and/or technologies to prevent and reduce marine litter from sea-based sources, including increased recyclability of fishing and aquaculture gears.

  • Monitoring and quantification of marine litter

Development and testing of methodologies and/or technologies to monitor and quantify the contribution of sea-based sources of marine litter in the different compartments (i.e. at the sea surface, in the water column, on the sea floor or along coasts) including transport pathways and hotspots of marine litter facilitating harmonised and standardised approaches as far as possible.

  • Removal and recycling

Development and testing of methodologies and/or technologies for environmentally sound and cost-efficient retrieval of marine litter, such as lost gear, fragments of plastic, etc., in open waters and/or coastal areas and for methodologies and/or technologies facilitating recycling and contributing to increasing recycling rates.

Eligible Applicants: 

Applicants from EU Member States and applicants established in third countries bordering the North Sea, Baltic Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea basins and participating in the respective cooperation frameworks. The eligible non-EU countries are the following:

  • Participating in the EU Atlantic Sea Strategy: Canada and United States of America
  • Participating in the EU Baltic Sea Strategy: Belarus, Iceland, Norway and Russia
  • Participating in the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-regional Strategy: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Participating in the Union for the Mediterranean: Algeria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey
  • Participating in the Black Sea Synergy: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. 

Applicants must be legal entities, either public or private. Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of minimum 2 legal entities established in a different eligible country, one of which must be an EU Member State. The consortium coordinator has to be established in an EU Member State.

Applications must be active in the field of research and innovation, in the blue economy and related sectors, environmental management or any other field if their relevance for the project is duly justified in the proposal.

Please see the full Call for Proposals for the specific eligibility criteria. 

Project Length: 

12 or 24 months depending on the scope of the project. 

Further Financing Information: 

It is expected that proposals requesting a contribution in the range of €200.000 and €500.000 would allow the objectives to be addressed. EASME expects to fund approximately six proposals.

The EU grant is limited to 80% of eligible costs. Consequently, part of the total eligible expenses entered in the estimated budget must be financed from sources other than the EU grant. 

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 must be sent exclusively by e-mail to: no later than 1 February 2018 (Brussels time), indicating as subject title the call reference for STRAND 2: "EASME/EMFF/2017/ MARINE LITTER"