Call for Proposals 2017 - Sustainable Blue Economy EASME/EMFF/2017/ Closed!


The objective of this call for proposals is to accelerate the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy and the deployment of the blue economy across Europe and in the Mediterranean as well as to contribute to the implementation of the Joint Communication on international ocean governance. This general objective is further divided into specific objectives as described under each of the 4 strands that are part of this call for proposals:

  • S1: This strand aims to support demonstration projects based on innovative technologies testing/deploying/scaling-up of new industrial or service applications and solutions for the blue economy.
  • S2: this strand aims to support the reduction, monitoring and quantification, removal and recycling of marine litter. It will build on the results of relevant projects whilst specifically focusing on tackling marine litter from sea-based sources
  • S3: this strand aims to accelerate the development of the blue economy in the Mediterranean through closer cooperation between public
  • and private maritime stakeholders such as education and training institutes, maritime clusters and fisheries local communities from the EU and its partner countries in the Mediterranean.
  • S4: The strand aims at funding a project that will focus on the restoration of damaged or degraded Mediterranean coastal and marine ecosystems in zones with a particularly high potential to provide a wide range of marine ecosystem services



Projects must undertake concrete activities in at least one of the following categories as part of the project implementation:

  • Produce new materials, products or devices, and/or install new processes, systems and services, and/or improve substantially those already designed, produced and/or installed; and/or operating pre-commercial pilot manufacturing system; and/or test and validate the manufacturing process of first small series of pre-commercial products;
  • Consult, obtain feedback and validate with relevant stakeholders the technologies/services/products being tested/deployed/scaled-up and/or prepare internal and external organisations for full manufacturing, including development of a value chain; and/or prepare for full commercialisation, e.g. market/competitor/investment analyses, elaborated business plans (including risk management, intellectual property rights, access to financing, replication potential to other industrial/commercial application or to other sectors, entities, regions etc.).


Projects must undertake all of the following activities as part of the project implementation:

  • Development and testing of the methodology and/or technology;
  • Evaluation of the cost-efficiency of the proposed methodology and/or technology;
  • Assessment of the environmental impacts of the proposed methodology and/or technology;
  • Assessment of the project's quantifiable contribution to the respective objectives under priorities a to c, such as:
    • reduction of concentration and harmfulness of marine litter and increase of recyclability of sea-based sources (priority a),
    • harmonised monitoring and quantification (priority b),
    • increase of retrieval and/or recycling rate (priority c)
  • Consultation and validation of the methodology and/or technology with relevant stakeholders, including relevant national administrations;
  • Efficient cooperation with relevant projects, in particular those funded by the EU;
  • Targeted communication and dissemination activities;
  • Assessment of the replication potential of the project in other EU regions;
  • Measures to ensure the sustainability and continuation of the project activities and the application of the developed methodology or technology beyond the project’s lifetime and/or replicating it beyond its geographical context


Applicants must implement specific sets of core activities depending on the specific objective to which they are applying, as described below.

  1. Applicants under specific objective a) must explain how their proposals will establish a networking mechanism between education and training institutes in the Mediterranean dealing with marine and/or maritime, port and logistics education and training in order to strengthen skills across the Mediterranean and better align them with the needs of the Blue Economy in the region
  2. Applicants under specific objective b) must explain how their proposals will establish a networking mechanism between and driven by maritime clusters that will aim to promote concrete activities to strengthen their innovation capacity and services to business
  3. Applicants under specific objective c) must explain how their proposals will establish coastal/fisheries local communities in the  Southern partner countries of the western Mediterranean, based on the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) approach and develop concrete twinning activities with at least one established CLLD in a EU Member State.


Applicants must undertake the following core activities as part of the project implementation:

  1. Identify and select at least one damaged or degraded coastal and marine natural ecosystem in the Mediterranean Sea or along its coast.
  2. Identify and implement concrete activities to restore the selected area(s) and their capacity to provide goods and services
  3. Establish a partnership or develop an existing partnership, for example including public authorities, NGOs, businesses, research bodies, local communities and integrating local knowledge;
  4. Develop a robust method for evaluating the results of the project (e.g. assess the success of restoration measures, quantify ecosystem services provided before and after the project implementation), and the robustness, relevance and added-value of the partnership;
  5. Prepare a detailed roadmap for a follow-up project that would be able to continue the implementation and extend the activities piloted by this project to significantly larger areas of restoration, as well as building a more diverse partnership, that could also include further forms of investment and donors.

European community funding

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

  • 14,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 08 February 2018 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 28 February 2018 - 2 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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