Call for proposals - Blue Careers in Europe EASME/EMFF/2016/ Closed!


This action aims at contributing to fill existing skills' gaps by supporting activities that will increase the employability of various target groups in blue economy sectors (e.g. students, workers, unemployed people etc.).

Proposals submitted under this action must provide concrete and effective responses to at least one of the following challenges: 

  1. Attract higher education graduates or persons with a vocational/technical qualification to maritime professions through targeted and innovative education and/or training initiatives (including career guidance);
  2. Retrain and upskill workers employed in other sectors and/or people currently unemployed for a job in the blue economy;
  3. Diversify and expand the skills of people currently employed in the blue economy to progress in their career and/or to facil itate their mobility to other maritime jobs.


Projects must implement core activities related to initial and/or continuous education and/or training of current or future workers in blue economy sectors in need of specific professional profiles/skills/qualifications in the local, regional or cross-border context if relevant.  

Examples of such "core activities" related to education and training are: 

  • Design or adaptation of training courses, modules and/or curricula for initial Vocational Education and Training (VET) or higher education with strong elements of work-based learning such as traineeship schemes
  • Develop training schemes, provide training courses and career guidance to experienced workers with technical qualifications, such as electricians, metal workers and mechanical engineers to (re)train/upskill for jobs in marine or maritime sectors;
  • Provide courses/training such as specialised courses or bachelor/masters courses providing specific knowledge and skills (including career guidance) for jobs in the blue economy to highly qualified professionals such as lawyers, logisticians, biologists, chemists, civil engineers etc.
  • Develop (re)training and upskilling opportunities for blue professionals to upgrade their knowledge and competences (e.g.. to acquire IT skills or environmental management skills, learn new technologies, entrepreneurship or  languages, etc.) allowing them to progress in their career or move to other promising job opportunities in the blue economy. 

This list is not exhaustive 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:

  • 3,45 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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