Call for proposals 2017 - H2020 - Blue Growth H2020-BG-2018-2020 Closed!


The Blue Growth Call aims at sustainably harvesting the potential of resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. It supports sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors through a responsible management of marine resources for healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient seas and oceans, which are essential for thriving ecosystems, climate regulation, global food security, human health, livelihoods and economies.

This call will boost the blue economy by:

  1. Improving our integrated knowledge about the reciprocal impact of climate change on marine ecosystems and biological resources in order to effectively manage their response, mitigation and resilience capacities;
  2. Preserving and sustainably exploiting marine and coastal ecosystems, and biological resources to deliver improved nutrition and health;
  3. De-risking major investments and boosting blue innovations on land and at sea to develop new bio-based marine value chains and open up new markets;
  4. Developing smart and connected territories between land and sea; and
  5. Strengthening the international research and innovation cooperation around seas and oceans, to promote a globally sustainable blue economy.


Activities shall improve ocean observations - in support of the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative - to better predict and mitigate the impact of stressors and changes (including sea-level rise), and the exploration of marine resources, including enhancing the access and management of data and services ("blue cloud"). They will tap into the potential of marine resources, including plankton and microbiomes, and aquatic production systems, from fisheries to aquaculture[[In this context, 'aquaculture' comprises the farming of aquatic organisms (including fish, shellfish, algae and aquatic plants) in all types of controlled or natural water environments (freshwater, brackish and seawater).]], for better food and nutrition security, health and bio-based products as well as climate change mitigation. Major international cooperation activities will also be launched, focusing on the South Atlantic Ocean and paving the way towards an 'All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance', and reinforcing cooperation with partners in other regions such as the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. All Blue Growth actions shall also contribute to improving science education and ocean literacy through dissemination, outreach and training activities.

Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • BG-01-2018: Towards a Baltic and North Sea research and innovation programme
  • BG-02-2018: Blue Bioeconomy Public-Public Partnership
  • BG-05-2019: Multi-use of the marine space, offshore and near-shore: pilot demonstrators
  • BG-07-2019-2020: The Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative
  • BG-08-2018-2019: All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship
  • CE-BG-06-2019: Sustainable solutions for bio-based plastics on land and sea
  • DT-BG-04-2018-2019: Sustainable European aquaculture 4.0: nutrition and breeding
  • LC-BG-03-2018: Sustainable harvesting of marine biological resources
  • LC-BG-09-2019: Coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation in the Black Sea

European community funding

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

  • 166,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 13 February 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 11 September 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 23 January 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 04 September 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

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 Research

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