Education, Research, Innovation – This year, 3 calls for proposals will be launched under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to foster blue growth across Europe.
With a budget of over 7,5M€, the 3 calls ‘Blue careers’, ‘Blue labs’ and ‘Blue technology’ will help enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, stimulating the creativity of young researchers and setting up partnerships to bring research results to the market in promising blue growth technology areas. The calls will be open to all sea basins surrounding the EU coasts and will target a wide range of stakeholders of the blue economy.
The launch event will be opened by Karmenu Vella (tbc), Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The launch of these three calls represents a concrete step to implement the “Communication from the Commission: Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth “.
The call “Blue careers in Europe” has a total budget of €3.452.000. It will bring industry and education/training providers together to improve skills development and career opportunities in the blue economy. It aims at training a new generation of students, scientists, professionals, technicians and entrepreneurs to equip them with the right skills for the needs of the labour market and industry.
The call “Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges” has a total budget of €1.700.000. It will fund projects in which young scientists – with the support of researchers, industry and local stakeholders – team up to develop innovative solutions in response to specific maritime and marine challenges or needs of one or more sea basins.
The call “Blue technology” has a total budget of €2.520.000. It aims to support transnational public-private-partnerships that will develop joint implementation roadmaps for coordinated investments in high-potential and innovative blue growth technology areas at sea basin level. The call will maximise synergies between existing sea-basin/macro-regional strategies and research and innovation initiatives as well as between funding instruments at EU and national or regional level.
05 April 2016
Rue de la Loi 170
Meeting room JENKINS
More information on the programme and registration soon at: