Fund title: European Maritime & Fisheries Fund: Sustainable Blue Economy

Focus of fund/fund aims:

International partnerships to (1) make innovative marine technologies market and investor ready or (2) tackle marine litter.

Application deadline:

February 2018

Fund description:

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call to foster a Sustainable Blue Economy. Alongside improving the marine environment, the aim is to support sustainable job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in the marine sector.

Two strands of the programme are of interest for projects relating to UK waters:

Strand 1 – Demonstration projects for the blue economy
Budget: €8.000.000
Deadline: 28 February 2018
It will boost demonstration projects based on innovative technologies to test, deploy and scale up new industry, service applications and solutions for the blue economy. It will help improve the market-readiness of innovative technologies and/or maritime services.

Strand 2 – Efficient strategies and technologies against marine litter
Budget: €2.000.000
Deadline: 8 February 2018
It will support projects which:

– reduce the volume and harmfulness of marine litter from sea-based sources;
– monitor and quantify the contribution of sea-based sources of marine litter and
– remove and recycle it, in an environmentally sound and resource-efficient way.

Public- and private-sector organisations can apply in consortia of at least two organisations from at least two countries – EU and eligible non-EU countries. Demonstration projects must include at least one (profit-making) business partner.

There is an info session in Brussels about the programme on 9 November. This will also be webstreamed.

Further information:

https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/sustainable-blue-economy