Call for proposal 2016 "Implementation of the Second Cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: achieving coherent, coordinated and consistent updates of the determinations of Good Environmental Status, initial assessments and environmental targets" DG ENV/MSFD Second Cycle/2016 Closed!


Overall, the starting point should be to identify and address strategic priorities at regional or subregional level
for targeted actions related to the financial planning and delivery of the  second   cycle of   MSFD   implementation
for   particular   regions   or   subregions, particularly for the reports due in 2018.

On  the  basis  of  the  general  and  specific  objectives, specific  priorities  for the call for proposals are
identified for each region or subregion:

  • Baltic Sea: a, c, f
  • North East Atlantic Ocean (all subregions): a, c, f
  • Greater  North  Sea,  Celtic  Seas,  Bay  of Biscay and Iberian Coast: b   (to   fill   gaps   in   OSPAR  Intermediate Assessment 2017), d
  • Macaronesia: b, d, e, f
  • Mediterranean Sea (all subregions): a, b, c, d, e, f
  • Black Sea: a, c, d, f


When implementing the project, a number of tasks should typically be  considered and/or included,  in  order  to  achieve  the  objectives  of  this  call. The expected supporting tasks are, in particular (non-exhaustive list):

  1. set up  working arrangements  which  will  ensure  that  the  respective  national and regional  cooperation  processes  will  be  able  to  contribute  to and  benefit  from  the envisaged  work;
  2. ensure,  where  possible, that  any  actions  proposed  make  best  use  of  existing approaches and solutions already found and agreed in other (sub)regions;
  3. develop and demonstrate best practices of regional or subregional cooperation;
  4. systematically  use  standards  stemming  from  EU  legislation,  as  set  out  in  the proposed  GES  Decision,
  5. establish effective  and  efficient data  and information  management mechanisms, including a regular update of data and information products on line;
  6. establish regular  contacts with  the  Commission  including  a  kick-off and  a  final meeting in  Brussels and  regular  reporting  of  activities  in order  to  allow  for appropriate discussion and feedback on the project execution
  7. organise workshops, meetings  etc., inviting other  relevant  projects  in  the  same region  or  with  the  same objectives as  appropriate,

European community funding

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

  • 5,82 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 26 September 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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