Blue economy call. EMFF Work Programme 2018

Blue Economy call for funding is open for submissions from 23 October 2018 to 31 January 2019 by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Economy There are 3 topics you can apply for and get up to 85% co-financing of your project, 65% co-financing for topic 3. The applicants must be a consortium of at least 2 organisations from 2 different countries coordinated by an organisation established in the European Union. For topic 3 also single companies can apply.

Topic 1: Blue Labs

Total budget: €5M

The goal is to promote innovative “laboratories” (Blue Labs) to pilot new and economically viable solutions addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities. The focus of this action is to support young scientists supported by experienced researchers, industry and local stakeholders, to team up and develop innovative technologies, products and services in support of a sustainable blue economy, preserving marine resources and ecosystems.

A Blue Lab is the collective endeavour to develop a new idea and to apply it in the maritime domain and/or marine environment. It provides the organizational space for collaborative and multidisciplinary work.


  • Blue bio-remediation
  • Unexploded ordnances at sea
  • Innovative marina and leisure boat design
  • Marine biomass and blue-bioeconomy
  • Ecofriendly aquaculture


Topic 2: Blue careers

Total budget: €5.5M

This topic promotes innovative approaches to strengthen the cooperation between industry and education in order to bridge the gap between skills’ offer and demand.

The applicant’s choice of sector and action has to be based on an analysis of the needs of the labour market and of the industry, including at cross-border level. In order to ensure that supported activities take due account of clearly identified needs, projects should bring together stakeholders from both the industry, education and training providers (both at higher and vocational level).

Furthermore, projects should enhance the visibility and attractiveness of the different career opportunities in the blue economy, especially for young people.


  • Introducing innovative teaching and training methodologies to boost entrepreneurial skills and equip graduates with suitable soft skills to develop their own ideas, products and start-ups.
  • Promoting structured and permanent collaboration frameworks between industry and education, whereby the most recent technological and market developments are directly integrated into the educational offer, enabling to reply to labour market needs.
  • Creating education-industry-public authorities networks at sea basin level to map existing educational activities, enable pooling and sharing of best practices as well as of human and physical capital, develop common training programmes, and foster transnational mobility of learners and teachers.


Topic 3: Blue economy

Total budget: €8.2M

This topic 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. Such support is important to:

Help innovative technologies and/or maritime services improve their market readiness and advance towards market entry, allowing economic players, in particular SMEs, to apply new ideas and research results in marketable goods and services; Facilitate scaling up business models and service concepts; De-risk the deployment of these demonstration projects and provide the necessary credibility for these projects to enable them to access other financing for the development of their activities.

Proposals must:

  • Tackle innovation that goes beyond research and aims at helping innovative maritime technologies and/or maritime services close to market-readiness to advance towards the commercial phase;
  • Contribute to at least one of the EU priority areas of the Circular Economy, the Blue Bioeconomy, as well as the Energy union and climate;
  • Demonstrate a clear link/application of enabling technologies such as imaging and physical sensors, satellite technologies, advanced materials, ICT, big data analytics, autonomous systems, biotechnology, nanotechnology, subsea engineering and/or are based on transferring technology from outside the maritime industry.


Finanzas & I+D+i. Working together to make the Innovation of your company profitable.


Source: EASME

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