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EMFAF – Innovative multi-use projects combining offshore renewable energy with other activities and/or with nature protection in the Atlantic – 2021

The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) supports the EU common fisheries policy (CFP), the EU maritime policy and the EU agenda for international ocean governance. It provides support for developing innovative projects ensuring that aquatic and maritime resources are used sustainably.

1.875 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy
Regions European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To support the development and uptake of multi-use between marine renewable energies and other blue economy activities and/or with nature protection.


  • Priority 1: to develop multi-use integrated solutions to offshore renewable energy developments;
  • Priority 2: to bring a radical change from the concept of exclusive resource rights to the inclusive sharing of resources by one or more uses.

Among financed actions

  • Cost-benefit analysis, market study, business planning, identifying investors;
  • Forming partnerships between business, investors, authorities, environmental organisations and other stakeholders, e.g. through matchmaking activities;
  • Identification of sites and preparatory activities for licensing/consenting applications;
  • Preparing a business case, highlighting the funding needed, with a view to ensuring sustainability and continuity of the pilot initiative;
  • Trials, validation, demonstration and testing of offshore technologies/devices for multi-use integrated solutions;
  • Design of a multi-stakeholder and circular approach to ensure stakeholder acceptance and optimal resource use;
  • Development of models to monitor the impact of the multi-use offshore renewable solutions on the surrounding marine habitats and species, in line with relevant legislation on data (e.g. INSPIRE) and using relevant tools (e.g. EMODnet);
  • Preparation of methods to track and measure the carbon budget of the whole project;
  • Stakeholder engagement, networking, awareness raising and dissemination activities;
  • Pitching or other events to engage corporates and investors, such as the BlueInvest events.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 36 months.


  • Be a legal person;
  • Be a public or private entity;
  • Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants, which complies with the following conditions:
    • minimum two entities from two different eligible EU Member States participating in the Atlantic Maritime Strategy,
    • at least one for-profit, private-sector business entity in the offshore renewable energy sector;
  • The coordinator must be established in an EU Member State participating in the Atlantic Maritime Strategy (France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain).
  • Amount of the grant: between 700,000 and 1 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 80% of the total eligible costs

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