Horizon 2020 | Empower SME clusters to bring SMEs ‘across the valley of death’ | 4 April – 4 September 2019

4 April – 4 September 2019

The call opened the 4th of April 2019 and it is classified as a Bio-based Industries Coordination and Support action (BBI-CSA)

CSA: actions consisting primarily of accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies, including design studies for new infrastructure, and may also include complementary activities of networking and coordination between programmes in different countries.



The specific challenge is to design the appropriate tools and system to build the capacity of SME clusters so that they can train SMEs to devise excellent projects that are scalable, investment ready and which convey these qualities to potential investors.

Identify possible systems for enabling SME clusters to set up a platform where SME entrepreneurs in the bio-based industry and investors can exchange expertise and business opportunities that could lead to successful cooperation. The scope includes the necessary steps to ‘train the trainers’ as well as practical steps SMEs can use when preparing and presenting projects with a high level of investment readiness and building the capacity of SME clusters to build links with investors.

Proposals should devise a framework that can be used to select the best projects through a competition in which investors evaluate and select winning SME proposals at regional level. If the winner’s reward is a cash prize, its value is not an eligible cost in the framework of the grant agreement.

Proposals should also set the basis for a European final of regional winners, and hence, proposers should link up with relevant and interested regional authorities.

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) will set up an industry and market expert group from among its members to provide expertise on the implementation and follow-up of the different tasks and help organise meetings. This expert group is not to be a part of the proposal, but will be offered to the project consortium to assist as needed.


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Horizon 2020 | Apply microorganisms and/or enzymes to resolve end-of-life issues of plastic | 4 April – 4 September 2019

4 April – 4 September 2019

The call opened the 4th of April 2019 and it is classified as a Bio-based Industries Research & innovation actions (BBI-RIA).

RIA: are actions primarily consisting of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development.


Microorganisms and/or enzymes can be applied to biodegrade/decompose plastic waste, one of the major threats to our ecosystem. This is a key focus area to apply the concept of the circular economy, besides changing human behaviour and production systems.

Scope: Select and apply the appropriate microorganisms and/or enzymes to address one or both of the following issues:

▪ convert waste streams containing non-biodegradable polymers;

▪ remove non-biodegradable polymers from the environment.

Proposals may include tailored microorganisms and/or enzymes for co-digestion or co-fermentation of different feedstock, provided that the developed solutions result in sufficient yields in terms of: (i) breaking down the feedstock; and/or (ii) conversion into valuable products.

Proposals should address all requirements for RIA as shown in Table 3, pp.24-25, in the Introduction of the Annual Work plan 20199. The technology readiness level (TRL) at the end of the project should be  4-5 for the bio-based value chain in question. Proposals should clearly state the starting and end TRLs of the key technology or technologies targeted in the project. Industry participation in the project would be considered as an added value


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Horizon 2020 | Produce components for various materials, including for food and feed, from microalgae | 4 April – 4 September 2019

4 April – 4 September 2019

The call opened the 4th of April 2019 and it is classified as a Bio-based Industries Innovation action – Demonstration (BBI-IA-DEMO).

Innovation actions – « Demonstration » aim to validate the technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution in an operational environment. They contain mainly demonstrator activities corresponding to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) levels 6 to 7.


Demonstrate the efficient and sustainable cultivation, recovery and processing of microalgae and downstream production of high-value chemicals and/or materials including food and feed ingredients. The scope of this topic excludes energy carriers (such as liquid fuels or hydrogen) as the main products. Proposals should aim for large-scale continuous cultivation and recovery of microalgae, as well as separation and purification of the targeted products. Proposals should also aim at reducing inputs for microalgae cultivation such as energy, water, nutrients and CO2 (or other carbon sources in case heterotrophic microalgae are envisaged). Proposals should valorise as many as possible of the valuable compounds contained in the microalgae through a cascading approach.

Proposals should address all requirements for IA – demonstration actions as shown in Table 3, pp.24-25, in the Introduction of the Annual Work plan 2019 . The establishment of a demo-scale production facility, being it a new installation, a substantially modified existing facility, or the use of existing demo facilities is mandatory.


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Horizon 2020 | Secure societies | 14 March – 22 August 2019

14 March – 22 August 2019

The call opened the 14th of March 2019 and it is classified as a “ CSA Coordination and support action” and the focus area is: boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union (SU).

In Europe, practitioners interested in the uptake of security research and innovation are dedicated to performing their duty and are focused on their tasks.

Scope: Practitioners are invited to associate in 3 different categories of networks in the field security:

  1. [2019-2020] Practitioners (end-users) in the same discipline and from across Europe are invited to get together: 1) to monitor research and innovation projects with a view to recommending the uptake or the industrialisation of results, 2) to express common requirements as regards innovations that could fill capability and other gaps and improve their future performance, and 3) to indicate priorities as regards areas requiring more standardisation. Opinions expressed and reported by the networks of practitioners should be checked against what can be reasonably expected, and according to which timetable, from providers of innovative solutions. In 2019, proposals are invited to address the specific area of handling of hybrid threats in line with the existing EU policy framework.
  2. b.[2018] Innovation clustersfrom around Europe (established at national, regional or local level), especially those managing demonstration sites, testing workbenches, and training facilities (including those providing simulators, serious gaming platforms, testing of PPDR applications on broadband networks) are invited to establish one network 1) to establish and maintain a roster of capabilities and facilities, 2) to organise to share expertise, 3) plan to pool and share resources with a view to facilitating access to their respective facilities among collective membership when this would constitute an economy of scale and allow a more intensive use of expensive equipment, and 4) to coordinate future developments and workbenches’ acquisition.
  3. [2018] Procurement agencies, or departments, active at budgeting and implementing the acquisition of security solutions at European, national, regional or local level can get together: 1) to share investment plans, 2) to compare procurement techniques and rules, and 3) to plan for common procurements of research services as well as of innovative, off-the-shelf products.

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ENI CBC Med | Projets stratégiques | Avril – 3 Juillet 2019

Avril – 3 Juillet 2019|

L’appel à Projets stratégiques a été ouvert début avril 2019 et aborde les 7 priorités suivantes :

  • A.1.1 Soutenir les start-ups innovantes et les entreprises récemment créées, avec un accent particulier sur les jeunes et les femmes entrepreneurs, et faciliter la protection de leurs droits de propriété intellectuelle et de commercialisation, le cas échéant : 6,7 millions d’euros
  • A.1.2 : Renforcer et soutenir les réseaux, chaînes de valeur, groupements (clusters) et consortiums euro-méditerranéens dans les secteurs traditionnels et les secteurs non-traditionnels : 6,7 millions d’euros
  • A.2.1 – Soutenir le transfert technologique et la commercialisation des résultats de la recherche, en renforçant les liens entre la recherche, l’industrie et d’autres acteurs du secteur privé : 15,2 millions d’euros
  • A.3.1 – Fournir aux jeunes, en particulier ceux appartenant à la catégorie des NEETS, et aux femmes des compétences utilisables sur le marché : 12,1 millions d’euros
  • B.4.1 – Soutenir les initiatives durables visant à trouver des solutions innovantes et technologiques pour accroître la gestion efficace de l’eau et encourager l’utilisation de ressources en eau non conventionnelles : 9,1 millions d’euros
  • B.4.2 – Réduire la production de déchets municipaux, promouvoir le tri sélectif à la source et l’exploitation optimale, notamment de la composante organique : 9,1 millions d’euros
  • B.4.3 – Soutenir les rénovations énergétiques économiquement rentables et innovantes en fonction du type de bâtiment et des zones climatiques, en mettant l’accent sur les bâtiments publics : 9,1 millions d’euros

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Interreg MED l Deuxième appel à projets horizontaux l 9 Mai – 27 Juin 2019

9 Mai – 27 Juin

Le deuxième appel à projets horizontaux a été ouvert le 9 mai 2019. Les projects horizontaux ont été établis pour mettre en rapport et soutenir la mise en place des projets modulaires, promouvant à la fois les activités de communication et de capitalisation.

L’objectif de ce second appel à projets horizontaux (PHs) vise la deuxième génération de PHs Interreg MED, visant explicitement la capitalisation, un principe clé et fondamental de coopération du Cadre stratégique du programme Interreg MED.

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Le Hub national France à la journée d’information du 4ème appel à projets Interreg Maritime Italie-France

Le Hub national France a participé à la journée d’information du 4ème appel à projets Interreg Maritime Italie-France organisée à Toulon (France) le 8 mars 2019.

Deux axes principaux seront ouverts pour soumettre des projets collaboratifs au plus tard le 11 juin 2019 à 18h00. Le budget global est de 13 millions d’euros.

Axe 1: Promotion de la compétitivité des entreprises dans les secteurs prioritaires transfrontaliers

Volet 1: Projets d’acquisition de services par de nouvelles entreprises: 3,4 M €

Volet 2: Projets d’acquisition de services par des entreprises existantes: 5,2 M €

Axe 3: Améliorer l’accessibilité des territoires et la pérennité des activités portuaires

Volet 1: projets visant à créer un service TIC intelligent pour la mobilité intermodale et transfrontalière des passagers 2,2 millions €

Volet 2: Projets visant à la création d’un observatoire transfrontalier du contrôle de la qualité de l’air dans les ports 2,2M €

Les domaines prioritaires:

  • Plaisance – chantier naval
  • Tourisme innovant et durable
  • Biotechnologies « bleues et vertes »
  • Energies renouvelables « bleues et vertes »

L’appel à projets est disponible ici.

EMFF l Maritime Spatial Planning l 7 May – 4 September 2019

7 May – 4 September 2019

The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued in the framework of the MSP Directive. More specifically, this action intends to support Member States in setting up maritime spatial plans and ensuring plans are coherent and coordinated across marine regions concerned.

Deadline for submitting proposal 04/09/2019

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MEDCOAST19 | call for abstracts

Please kindly be informed that the deadline for on-line abstract submission for the 14th MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management and Conservation (MEDCOAST 19), 22-26 October 2019, Marmaris (Turkey),  will expire at 24 00 hours (Greenwich time) on May 31, Friday. The deadline will NOT be extended. The on-line abstract submission is carried out through the congress web page.

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on the call for abstracts



We urge you to submit your abstract(s) as soon as possible in order to avoid probable congestion during the last days.

Taking this opportunity, we would like to inform you about a very special post-conference tour: MEDCOAST Institute Trail, 27 Oct – 01 Nov 2019. MEDCOAST Institute has been a flagship event of MEDCOAST Foundation. It was one of the earliest and definitely the longest running international training program on Integrated Coastal Management specific to the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The Institute focusing on ICM was organised 10 times during the period 1994 – 2014. An important part of the Institute was the field study trip on boats for 7 days along the Turkish Aegean coast from Marmaris to Oludeniz. The post conference tour, to be led by Prof.Dr. Erdal Özhan, the founder and president of MEDCOAST Foundation, will follow the trail of the past MEDCOAST Institutes, visiting all interesting coastal features (natural and cultural places) during the daytime and anchoring at the same coves and bays for the night. This type of holiday is called Mavi Yolculuk (Blue Voyage) in Turkish. The post-conference tour will be an all-inclusive and very special Blue Voyage on wooden boats with 8 to 12 double cabins. Detailed information and images about the post-conference tour: MEDCOAST Institute Trail will soon be provided at the congress web page.

Comissário europeu Karmenu Vella visita stand da Iniciativa WestMED no European Maritime Day

A Iniciativa WestMED esteve representada na área expositiva do European Maritime Day, com presença assegurada pela Fórum Oceano, Ponto Focal Nacional do Mecanismo de Assistência à Iniciativa. No dia 16 de maio, o stand recebeu a visita do Comissário Europeu Karmenu Vella, após a sessão de abertura das celebrações do Dia Europeu do Mar.

O European Maritime Day é um evento anual com duração de dois dias promovido desde 2008 pela DG MARE. Em 2019, o EMD realizou-se nos dias 16 e 17 de maio, no Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, tendo sido coorganizado pela Comissão Europeia (DG MARE), Ministério do Mar (Direção Geral de Política do Mar) e Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, com a colaboração da Fórum Oceano, entidade responsável pela organização da componente expositiva do evento.

De acordo com a Direção-Geral dos Assuntos Marítimos e das Pescas (DG MARE), o EMD 2019 contou com 1500 participantes registados e ultrapassou os números das edições anteriores, incluindo a maior exposição de sempre, com 105 expositores. Recorde-se que a edição de 2019 foi dedicada ao empreendedorismo azul, investigação, inovação e investimento, contemplando uma programação que incluiu workshops, breakout sessions, encontros de negócio, pitches e uma componente expositiva (EMD EXPO).


O EMD em números:

  1. 1500 participantes registados, provenientes de 53 países
  2. mais de 150 oradores
  3. 8 breakout sessions organizadas pela Comissão Europeia
  4. 28 workshops organizados por Stakeholders
  5. 21 pitches
  6. Mais de 140 encontros de negócio agendados
  7. 105 expositores