Call for proposals 2020 - Cross-sectoral development of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic: Developing a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports EMFF-APC-2020 Closed!


The overarching objective of this call is to boost entrepreneurship and foster a sustainable blue economy in the Atlantic area by increasing the competitiveness and resilience of Atlantic ports.

Specifically, this action aims at supporting:

  • The establishment of a network/partnership between at least two EU Atlantic ports in two different EU Member States; and
  • The development of a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports to stimulate innovative businesses in an innovation ecosystem to foster a sustainable blue economy in line with the European Green Deal



In line with the above objectives, proposals should cover all of the following core activities and include at least one complementary activity, such as those included in the non-exhaustive list of examples below reported.
Core activities

  • Establishing a network between Atlantic ports
  • Defining the common challenges
  • Bringing together different stakeholders, including start-ups and SMEs
  • Designing measures to stimulate innovative businesses in the blue economy
  • Designing measures to support access to finance and funding sources
  • Preparing a business plan

Complementary activities
Proposals should include complementary activities (at least one) to support the core activities and the call objectives. Examples of complementary activities are:

  • Wider networking, awareness raising and dissemination activities.
  • Activities that will increase complementarity and synergies with relevant projects funded under other EU programmes as well as with relevant initiatives and transnational programmes or policies.
  • Fundraising activities

European community funding

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

  • 1,10 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 10 September 2020 - one year 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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