Call for proposals - Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges EASME/EMFF/2016/ Closed!


The focus of this action is to support a novel way of working, where young scientists supported by researchers, industry and local stakeholders, team up to develop innovative solutions to support the development of a sustainable blue economy, while preserving marine resources and ecosystems.

For this call for proposals, priority will be given to Blue Labs projects aiming at developing innovative solutions relating to one of the following topics:

  1. Blue (bio)remediations: to exploit new metabolites and biomolecules, enzymes and genes from micro-organisms living in extreme marine environments; to develop and test (bio)remediation measures in different areas/places, including the possible re-use and recycling of hazardous materials.
  2. Marine litter: to develop new technologies, tools and products to address mitigation and management of specific types of litter, including nanomaterials, micro-plastics and explosive litter.
  3. Underwater cultural heritage: to develop new services, technologies or products (e.g. unmanned autonomous vehicles/robotic systems/etc.) to discover, protect and value underwater cultural heritage.
  4. Invasive alien species and jelly fish proliferation: to develop new products, services and tools to address invasive alien species and/or jelly fish proliferation in the marine environment, including early detection, prevention, mitigation and management measures. Where relevant, management may include sustainable exploitation of the resources, for example jellyfish harvesting can be used for food, health and industrial applications.

These 4 topics reflect the priorities of this year's call. However, applicants may propose a Blue Lab project focusing on other themes or topics in so far as the general and specific objectives of this call for proposals are met and the choice is duly justified in the proposal.


In order to realise the objectives, projects must implement targeted activities resulting in concrete, measurable results within the project duration of maximum two years. In particular, the new solutions developed should be tested during the project lifetime.

In line with the innovative character of the solutions to be developed by Blue Labs, examples of "core activities" include:

  • Design, testing and piloting of the innovative services/products/tools to be developed;
  • Field work necessary for the development of the planned solutions;
  • Market analyses, studies and business plans;
  • Training activities;
  • Patents registration and deposit;
  • Legal and financial counselling (including crowdfunding and fund raising).

This list is non-exclusive and aims at providing guidance to applicants. Applicants may propose other activities they deem necessary to achieve the objectives of this action as long as the choice is justified and establishes a clear and direct link between the proposed activities and the project objectives.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,70 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 31 May 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

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