The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will provide €14.5 million ($16.9 million) in funding to support four areas in the sustainable blue economy. The areas are; demonstration & market; fighting marine litter; blue networks and restoring ecosystems.
The Sustainable Blue Economy call focuses on supporting innovation and bringing research results closer to the market. The other objective is to increase capacity building and networking for a sustainable use of our sea basins. The call will support sustainable job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Demonstration projects for the blue economy has a budget of €8 million ($9.3 million) 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. The deadline is 28/02 2018.
Efficient strategies and technologies against marine litter has a budget of €2 million ($2.3 million). It will support concrete methodologies and technologies for:
- reducing the volume and harmfulness of marine litter from sea-based sources; - monitoring and quantifying the contribution of sea-based sources of marine litter and - removing and recycling it, in an environmentally sound and resource-efficient way.
The deadline is08/02 2018.
Blue networks for the Mediterranean has a budget of €3 million ($3.5 million) It will promote networking to support job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea through cooperation between a wide variety of stakeholders such as education and training institutes, maritime clusters and fisheries local communities from the EU and its partner countries in the Mediterranean. The deadline is28/02 2018.
Joint actions for a sustainable Blue economy in the Mediterranean has a budget of €1.5 million ($1.7 million). It will support the restoration of damaged or degraded coastal and marine ecosystems in zones of the Mediterranean with a high potential for a wide range of marine ecosystem services. The deadline is 08/02 2018.