Call for proposals 2020 - BlueInvest Grants: Investing in Blue Innovation EMFF-BEW-2020 Closed!


The objectives of this call for proposals are to:

  • Bring to market new products, services, processes, and business models in blue economy value chains and help advance their market-readiness;
  • develop sustainable and innovative blue economy in Europe's sea basins;
  • de-risk investment in these projects to facilitate their access to other financing schemes for the next stages of their activities.


A non-exhaustive list of relevant areas for the blue economy includes:

  • the blue bioeconomy — the cultivation, husbandry or capture of living material from fresh or saltwater and activities based on the use or processing of this material
  • digital transformation of ocean and coastal activities
  • renewable energy — including energy from wind, sun (floating), tide, wave and thermal gradients; logistic or supporting activities in that area are covered
  • enabling technologies such as sensors, corrosion or biofouling resistant materials or coating, digitisation, electricity transmission equipment, multi-purpose platforms
  • production of new products from living or non-living resources that would otherwise be wasted
  • cleaner shipping
  • pollution monitoring, clean-up or management
  • new facilities that support the diversification or energy efficiency of ports
  • sustainable tourism aiming at reducing its carbon footprint or enhancing biodiversity, or efficiently managing resources (e.g. water, food and waste) or tourist flows (e.g. diversifying offer, addressing seasonality and safety)

European community funding

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

  • 20,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 16 February 2021 - 7 months 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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