Current open calls

Open calls are listed by programs.

 

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DigiCirc open call – Blue Economy accelerator programme | Deadline: 3 August 2021

Deadline: 3 August 2021
Budget: 20.000 € (Phase 1)/ 5 best ranked consortia: additional 100.000 €
Countries: PT, ES, MT, IT, FR

Themes:

  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture (O2/P2)
  • Marine pollution and circular economy (O2/P4)
  • Maritime Renewable Energy (O2/ P5)
  • Maritime Research and innovation (O2)
  • Shipping and Ports (O2/P4)
  • Marine and Coastal Tourism (O2/P4)

 

Objective

DigiCirc is looking for European SMEs/Start-ups that can use digital tools and apply cutting-edge solutions in the circular economy by addressing specific challenges in the domain of Blue Economy.

 

How does it work?

With the second open call, DigiCirc will select a minimum of 15 consortia, composed of at least 2 SMEs/Startups, that will develop innovative solutions focused on digital technologies by addressing the Blue Economy challenges . SMEs will be given the opportunity to use the DigiCirc Matchmaking Platform to look for other SMEs in case they need a partner to build a consortium.

The selected consortia will get a direct funding of up to €20.000 and the opportunity to integrate a highly intensive and innovative 12 weeks-long innovation support programme, divided in two phases, where they will be able to develop their business plans and adapt their solutions for the targeted area (Phase 1); and demonstrate their solutions in relevant environment as well as shape their commercial strategy (Phase 2).

At the end of the accelerator programme, the 5 best ranked consortia will be selected to receive further funding of €100.000. They will have up to 6 months to develop their prototype and make tests in an operational environment in view of a commercial launch.

More information

Visit the digicirc blue economy call website

 

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EEA Call | #2 – Business Development, Innovation and SMEs | Deadline 30 June 2021

Deadline: 3o June 2021
Budget: 200.000-1.000.000 €
Countries: PT

Themes:

  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture (O2/P2)
  • Marine pollution and circular economy (O2/P4)
  • Maritime Renewable Energy (O2/ P5)
  • Maritime Research and innovation (O2)

This Open Call aims to finance Portuguese enterprises to develop, apply and commercialize innovative products and technologies, especially SMEs

The main objective of this call is to finance enterprises to develop, apply, and commercialize innovative products and technologies. This call will also promote cooperation between enterprises and research institutions, in order to foster user-driven research-based innovation.

Eligible promoters: SMEs  and large enterprises with no more than 25% public ownership, established as legal persons in Portugal are considered eligible applicants of projects.

The scope of projects eligible for funding under this Call are the following:

  • Develop innovative products/ technologies/ processes for the Blue Growth sector;
  • Commercialize innovative products/ technologies/ processes for the Blue Growth sector;
  • Apply innovative blue technologies/ processes/ solutions (new-to-the enterprise) including investments to increase production capacity (excluding fisheries);
  • Business development from early innovation stage up to testing of new technologies and supporting their first presentation to the market (piloting and demonstration facilities)

More information

Visit the EEA Grants website

Submit your application here

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EEA Call | SGS #1 – Initiatives for business growth in Startups Supported | Deadline 31 May 2021

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Budget: 50.000-150.000  €
Countries: PT

Themes:

  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture (O2/P2)
  • Marine pollution and circular economy (O2/P4)
  • Maritime Renewable Energy (O2/ P5)
  • Maritime Research and innovation (O2)

This Open Call aims to finance initiatives for business growth in Portuguese startups and enterprises to develop, apply and commercialize innovative products and technologies.

 

The main objective of this Call is to finance initiatives for business growth in startups enterprises to develop, apply and commercialize innovative products and technologies. This call will also promote cooperation between enterprises and research institutions, in order to foster user-driven research-based innovation.

Eligible promoters: SMEs established as legal persons in Portugal are considered eligible applicants of projects.

The projects supported by this call will contribute to increase competitiveness, sustainability and profitability among Portuguese startups and bring more innovation in their products, services and processes within the focus are of Blue Growth.

Eligible Sectors:

  • Fisheries/aquaculture (development of innovative products and technologies in fisheries/ fish farming sector)
  • Fish and seafood transformation industry
  • Commercial ports
  • Ocean renewable energy sector
  • Maritime industry, including innovative maritime transport technologies
  • etc

More information
Visit the EEA Grants website

Submit your application here

 

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EEA Call | 2º Aviso#3 – Apoio ao aumento de eficiência de recursos ligados às empresas do setor marítimo | Deadline May 31 2021

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Budget: 1.500.000 €
Countries: PT

Themes:

  • Maritime Pollution and circular economy

 

Este concurso visa o financiamento de empresas para o desenvolvimento de produtos e tecnologias já disponíveis no mercado ou desenvolvimento de novos, utilizando o lixo marinho como matéria-prima.

O principal objetivo deste aviso visa o financiamento de empresas que, desenvolvam produtos e tecnologias inovadoras acrescentando valor às já existentes no mercado ou criando novas. O resultado esperado, baseia-se na questão da eficicência de recursos assente numa economia circular, que promova o apoio de empresas que utilizem o lixo marinho como matéria-prima, ou que criei condições de recolha para utilização como matéria-prima secundária de terceiros.

Promotores elegíveis: São considerados promotores elegíveis as PMEs e as grandes empresas (com menos de 25% de capitais públicos) estabelecidas legalmente em Portugal.

O convite permanecerá aberto até às 12:00:00 de Portugal Continental do dia 31-05-2021.

Mais informações

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UNDP – Ocean Innovation Challenge – Call Sustainable Fisheries | Deadline 9 May 2021

Deadline: 9 May 2021
Budget: 50.000-250.000 USD
Countries: TN, DZ, MA, MR, LY

Themes:

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

The UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge is looking for innovative solutions promoting sustainable fisheries to receive support up to 250K USD. Application deadline: 9 May 2021.

Over the years, the international community has taken important steps to promote sustainable fishing, such as the FAO’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Fishing, the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement, and through the work of various regional fisheries agreements and RFMOs. Nevertheless, progress on key SDG 14 targets pertaining to sustainable fisheries has lagged and the main target, 14.4, was clearly not met in 2020.

Recognizing the increasing urgency of addressing unsustainable fishing, the second OIC Challenge, launched in March 2021, seeks innovative solutions that address one or more of the following SDG 14 targets:

Project proponents can include governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, and intergovernmental organizations.

Over the years, the international community has taken important steps to promote sustainable fishing, such as the FAO’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Fishing, the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement, and through the work of various regional fisheries agreements and RFMOs. Nevertheless, progress on key SDG 14 targets pertaining to sustainable fisheries has lagged and the main target, 14.4, was clearly not met in 2020.

Recognizing the increasing urgency of addressing unsustainable fishing, the second OIC Challenge, launched in March 2021, seeks innovative solutions that address one or more of the following SDG 14 targets:

Project proponents can include governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, and intergovernmental organizations.

More information on the call-page of the ocean innovation challenge website

 

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Aide au développement de navires et bateaux innovants améliorer la performance énergétique ou environnementale

Deadline: 30 April 2021
Budget: 15 Million euro
Countries: FR

Themes:

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

FranceAgriMer met en place un programme d’aide  aux  projets d’investissements pour le développement de navires et bateaux innovants pour permettre d’améliorer la performance énergétique ou environnementale par appel à projets (bientôt disponible). Les dossiers seront traités par un appel à projets dans la limite d’une enveloppe de 15 M€ qui se clôturera le 30/04/2021

Les modalités de mise en œuvre de ce programme d’aide sont disponibles dans la décision INTV-POP-010 téléchargeable ci-dessous, dans la zone “documents associés”.

Les dossiers seront déposés par un opérateur disposant d’un N° SIRET via le remplissage d’un formulaire en ligne permettant de renseigner les éléments suivants :

  • L’identification du porteur ;
  • La localisation de l’opération ;
  • Description du projet prévisionnel notamment en regard des critères de sélection;
  • La liste des dépenses prévues ;
  • Le montant d’aide demandé.

L’opération ne peut être éligible que si elle n’est pas commencée au moment du dépôt (pas de devis signé ou accepté avant le dépôt notamment).

En savoir plus: Aide au développement de navires et bateaux innovants améliorer la performance énergétique ou environnementale | FranceAgriMer – établissement national des produits de l’agriculture et de la mer

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Call for Grants for small-scale fishers in the Mediterranean

Deadline: 15 May 2021
Budget: 5.000-20.000 euro
Countries: ES, FR, IT

Themes:

  • Fisheries

Funding is available from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to advance Mediterranean small-scale fisheries towards sustainability

The Grants are a way for WWF to support small-scale fisheries on their path towards sustainability by accelerating the use of funding available from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Grants are reserved for fishers committed to submitting a Request for Funds to the National Authorities that manage the EMFF.

The WWF CALL FOR GRANTS pursues the following objectives:
• To provide Mediterranean small-scale fishers with the necessary co-financing and technical assistance to apply to EMFF for implementing actions towards a more sustainable fishing;
• To improve small-scale fishers’ capacity to apply to the EMFF;
• To increase small scale fishers’ interest in the EMFF and to accelerate the use of available funds to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable fishing;
• To accelerate the implementation of the Regional Plan of Action on Small-Scale Fisheries (RPOA-SSF) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean
(GFCM).

All information and document library available here

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EMFF Call | Algae and Climate | Deadline 31 May 2021

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Budget: 250.000 euro
Countries: ES, FR, IT, MT, PT
Participation in this call is also open to all natural and legal persons established in a third country, which has a special agreement with the European Union in the field of public procurement on the conditions laid down in that agreement
Themes:

  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture
  • Maritime pollution and circular economy

EASME is launching this call for tenders in order to conclude a service contract for a study aimed to investigate the use of algae cultivation and its potential contribution to the EU’s climate objectives.

EASME wishes to enter into a service contract to assess the potential of algae to contribute to the EU’s climate, food and biodiversity strategies under the 2019 EU Green Deal proposal resetting the Commission’s commitment to achieving zero emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 with economic growth decoupled from resource use.

The purpose of this service is to provide the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries with a basic background knowledge and up-to-date information that can increase the evidence base for the contribution of the Blue Economy to the EU’s Green Deal. The focus should be put on the costs, impact and benefits of scaling up production of marine algae through aquaculture in the EU.

The services to be delivered will cover all EU Member States, including their Outermost Regions.

All information and document library available here

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Call for ideas | Detection and Tracking Marine Pollution and Litter

Deadline: 30 April 2021
Budget: N/A
Countries: All
Themes: Maritime pollution and circular economy

The van Allen Foundation launched a new Call for innovative ideas for the detection and monitoring of marine litter in the western Mediterranean

The van Allen Foundation, a partnership foundation of the University of Montpellier, and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, invite public and private organizations to propose ideas and suggestions aimed at addressing the issue of detection and tracking marine pollution and litter in the western part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Although the emphasis is on the contribution of space techniques, the call for ideas is thus open to studies of numerical simulation, physics of measurement, measurements in the laboratory or at sea, and the application of artificial intelligence for the recognition of polluted pixels, or the carrying of sensors of opportunity, etc.

The Call for ideas is addressed to scientists and engineers, as well as to students, working in public or private laboratories or entities in France and worldwide.

Applications must reach the Van Allen Foundation Secretariat before April 30, 2021.

Postal address: Bât. 5-IES, 860 rue St Priest, CC 06 002, 34095 Montpellier cedex 5, France.

Email: fondationvanallen@umontpellier.fr

All details at can be found in this pdf

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Multiple Framework Contract for the Provision of Scientific Advice for the Mediterranean and Black Seas

Deadline: 12 April 2021
Budget: 7.000.000 euro
Countries: FR, ES, IT, MT, PT
(It is also open to all natural and legal persons established in a third country, which has a special agreement with the European Union in the field of public procurement on the conditions laid down in that agreement)

Themes: Fisheries/ Aquaculture

 

The objective of this framework contract is to provide DG MARE with a flexible tool to request specific and timely scientific responses through advice and/or other specific preliminary services needed for the provision of the advice, with the help of specific contracts, which is necessary for the day-to-day policy and the management of the Mediterranean and Black Sea’s fisheries in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy and the GFCM’s objectives.

This call for tenders is launched and managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (EASME).

The subject of this call is a Multiple Framework Contract in cascade for the provision of specific and timely scientific advice in support of the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, including at international level within the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

This call for tenders is divided into three lots:

  1. Scientific advice for Western and Central Mediterranean Seas
  2. Scientific advice for Eastern Mediterranean Sea
  3. Scientific advice for Black Sea

All information and related documents available at: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=6795