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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Industry, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Asia, Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, Northern America

Category: Call for proposals


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Additional info regions:

ACP countrie: Mauritania

Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordania, Lebanon, Monaco, Montenegro, Morrocco, Palestine, Tunisia

Northern America: Canada and the United States of America

EEA countries: Norway

Balkans: Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

Asia: Armenia, Azerbaïjan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine.

Candidate countries: Turkey


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Responsible: European Commission


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The focus of this action is to support a novel way of working, where young scientists supported by researchers, industry and local stakeholders, team up to develop innovative solutions to support the development of a sustainable blue economy, while preserving marine resources and ecosystems.

Priorities and funded actions:

– leveraging young peoples’ skills and creativity and increasing awareness of marine challenges and opportunities;
– supporting pioneering partnerships between maritime stakeholders and fostering multidisciplinary approaches by combining competences from businesses, the public sector and research bodies;
– supporting enhanced cooperation and coordination amongst maritime stakeholders at local and sea basin levels (including at sub-region level of the sea basin), whilst capitalising on local stakeholders’ knowledge.

– Blue (bio)remediations: to exploit new metabolites and biomolecules, enzymes and genes from micro-organisms living in extreme marine environments; to develop and test (bio)remediation measures in different areas/places, including the possible re-use and recycling of hazardous materials.
– Marine litter: to develop new technologies, tools and products to address mitigation and management of specific types of litter, including nanomaterials, micro-plastics and explosive litter.
– Underwater cultural heritage: to develop new services, technologies or products (e.g. unmanned autonomous vehicles/robotic systems/etc.) to discover, protect and value underwater cultural heritage.
– Invasive alien species and jelly fish proliferation: to develop new products, services and tools to address invasive alien species and/or jelly fish proliferation in the marine environment, including early detection, prevention, mitigation and management measures. Where relevant, management may include sustainable exploitation of the resources, for example jellyfish harvesting can be used for food, health and industrial applications.

Among financed actions
– Design, testing and piloting of the innovative services/products/tools to be developed;
– Field work necessary for the development of the planned solutions;Market analyses, studies and business plans;
– Training activities;
– Patents registration and deposit;
– Legal and financial counselling (including crowdfunding and fund raising).