Current open calls

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Faros Blue Economy Accelerator Program | Deadline 15 February 2022

Deadline:  15 february, 2022
Budget: up to € 65.000 EURO pre-seed equity investment
Countries: Italy

Themes

  • Maritime Safety and security
  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture
  • Shipping and Ports
  • Marine pollution and circular economy
  • Marine and Coastal Tourism
  • MPA’s and nature conservation
  • Maritime Renewable Energy
  • Maritime Research and innovation

Objective

Faros is an Accelerator promoted by CDP Venture Capital SGR, in partnership with Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ionio – Porto di Taranto and managed by the certified incubator and accelerator a|cube.

Faros supports is an Accelerator dedicated to startups that aim at developing sustainable, disruptive and environmentally responsible solutions in the field of blue economy and harbour innovation.

Faros aims at strengthening the relationship between startups, corporate stakeholders and public administration throughout the development of a more comprehensive value chain in the field of the blue economy, putting innovation at the heart of processes, governance and outputs.

All selected startups will benefit from the following services.

  • Acceleration program: masterclasses, one-to-one coaching activities, mentoring and stakeholder engagement.
  • Open innovation activities for pilot projects: corporate partners and startup will collaborate in order to test innovative solutions on-site, aiming at building the
    foundations for a long-term business and environmentally responsible impact
  • Pre-seed equity investment up to € 65.000
  • Potential seed and follow-on investments
  • Free office space in Taranto for the whole duration of the program
  • Tailor-made events such as pitching and investor day
  • Networking activities with national and international stakeholders and access to tailor-made events

 

Find more details on eligible startups here: go to guidelines

Visit the call page on the faros accelerator website

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Call for interest dedicated to highly protected marine areas in the Mediterranean | Deadline: 31 January 2022

Deadline:  31 January 2022 (for submission of concept notes)
Budget:  50-60.000 EUR per year per AMP
Countries:  Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia

Themes

  • Maritime protected Areas

Objective

The MedFund is an environmental trust fund which aims to mobilize public and private actors to promote the development and efficiency of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

Guided by science and encouraged by the commitements of several countries to increase the number of highly protected MPSs in the Mediterranean, The MedFund Board of Directors decided in July 2021 to create a new funding window dedicated to MPAs with a high level of protection, call ed Higly Protected Mediterranean Initiative

With the support of the MAVA foundation, the MedFund is launcing a Call for interested dedicated specifically to marine protected areas (MPSs) with a high level of protection.

Highly protected MPAs are MPAs that have in their management plan one or more zones under high protection (no-take zones, no-go zones, fully protected areas). The MedFund’s mission is to provide long-term support to the operational costs of these MPAs.

This Call is open to priority countries designated in the 2020-2025 Strategy of the MedFund: Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, Montenegro, Tunisia, Turkey

 

For more information visit the MedFund Call page

 

 

 

 

Agroecological approaches for sustainable weed management | Deadlines: 23 February 2022, 6 September 2022

Deadline:  23 February 2022 and 6 September 2022 (2 stage)
Budget:  14.500.000 EUR
Countries:  France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Themes

  • Aquaculture

Objective

A successful proposal should support the farm to fork’s strategy objective of a transition to a fair, healthy and resilient European agriculture, notably its objective to promote agroecology, and the target to reduce the overall use and risk of chemical pesticides[1], by unfolding the potential of agroecology to provide alternative weeding strategies that reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides used as herbicides. This will support the transition to sustainable, safe, productive, climate-neutral and resilient farming systems that minimise the pressure on ecosystems while ensuring fair economic returns for farmers.

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Evidence of optimal and innovative combinations of holistic alternative weeding techniques based on agroecological approaches in different European pedo-climatic conditions for a wide range of crops and farming systems, including conventional, organic and mixed farming;
  • Quantitative and qualitative evidence of the social, economic and environmental sustainability and performance, as well as trade-offs, of different alternative weeding strategies across Europe at farm, landscape and regional levels, and in the medium to long term;
  • Robust evidence of factors influencing farmers’ decision-making and improved knowledge co-creation and feedback among actors in the food value chain, resulting in ease of use, end-user acceptance and increased implementation of alternative and holistic weeding strategies based on an integrated use of agroecological approaches;
  • Improved, open access to data on current weed management practices and use of herbicides across several representative European agro-ecosystems.

Scope: 

Herbicides have become the foundation of weed management in EU farming systems. Given that herbicides can have harmful effects on the environment, non-target organisms, and animal and human health, reducing reliance on these products has become a policy objective. Sustainable and effective non-chemical alternatives to reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides are largely lacking for most crops and farming systems in the EU.

Weed-related challenges can be better addressed as a part of broad-based, holistic strategies such as agroecology[2] that, by relying on and maximising the use of ecological processes to support agricultural production, have the potential to advance ecosystem sustainability while ensuring profitability of the farming activity. Agroecology is a holistic approach that relies on and maximises the use of ecological processes to support agricultural production. By working more with nature and ecosystem services, agroecology has the potential to increase the circularity, diversification and autonomy of farms, and drive a full transformation of farming systems, from input substitution and beyond. In parallel, progressing towards digitalisation or the implementation of new digital technologies is one of the main ambitions facing EU agriculture.

The development and promotion of alternative weed management techniques and strategies that do not only rely on chemical herbicides are required. Moreover, factors such as soil and climatic conditions, as well as the type of crop and the farming system can largely determine the spatial and temporal development of major weeds and, therefore, the effectiveness and efficiency of these strategies. Agroecological or nature-based principles can provide systemic, sustainable, context-specific and socially acceptable alternatives to address these challenges.

Activities should advance knowledge, build capacities and deliver innovative systemic and holistic solutions to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of chemical pesticides used as herbicides, and will address the needs of a wide range of crops (arable and permanent) and farming systems, both conventional and organic. Proposals should cover all EU and Associated Countries biogeographical/pedo-climatic regions. Proposals must implement the ‘multi-actor approach’ and should build on and expand the achievements of relevant past and ongoing EU-funded research projects.

More information on the EC funding and tenders opportunities portal

Innovative food from marine and freshwater ecosystems | Deadline 23 February/ 6 September

Deadline:  23 February 2022 | 6 Sepember (2 stage)
Budget:  18.000.0000 EUR
Countries:  France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Themes

  • Aquaculture

Objective

In line with the European Green Deal objectives, the farm to fork strategy for a fair healthy and environmentally friendly food system, the EU bioeconomy strategy and blue growth strategy, the successful proposal will support environmentally friendly, inclusive, safe and healthy seafood production through innovation in the supply chain.

Projects results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Implementation of the ecosystem approach for sustainable management of marine or freshwater fisheries or in aquaculture development.
  • Wider and more diverse range of seafood (including from fresh waters) available to European consumers, and greater overall seafood consumption.
  • Tools to limit the waste and discarding of seafood during production, processing, transport and consumption, including the minimisation of the environmental impacts of fisheries and aquaculture through better gears or practices.
  • Verification of existing and development of new seafood processing methods that add nutritional and economic value and minimise the environmental impact.
  • Improved professional skills and competences of those working and being trained to work within the blue economy.

Scope:

Despite the vast diversity of biota in the European seas, rivers and lakes, consumers prefer only a few species for consumption. This is even more pronounced for aquaculture production where only a very limited number of fish and shellfish species are farmed. Moreover, some of the farmed species are higher predators and, despite improvements in feeds, fishing for feed is still a sad reality. Waste of seafood during production, processing, transport and consumption is massive; valorisation of fish and shellfish biomass is still far from achieving its full potential in the context of a circular economy.

Innovation under this topic should explore and test solutions for more sustainable fishing and/or aquaculture practices and diversify production through low trophic level fisheries and/or aquaculture. This could include animals (herbivorous, filter-feeders), algae (micro- and macro-), bacteria and fungi. Issues of biology, feeding, metabolism, disease, pathology, environmental sustainability, gear technology, processing, and marketing of products may be addressed.

Innovation should additionally focus on improving the environmental impact of fisheries and/or aquaculture, e.g. with more selective and less impacting fishing gear, low carbon fishing approaches, nutritious and safe feeds, recirculating aquaculture systems, integrated multitrophic aquaculture, disease control and sustainable solutions in fish and shellfish rearing. It may also identify captured species of high abundance and high nutritional value and reach out to consumers to promote their consumption.

Innovative processing, including digital and packaging solutions as well as formulation and/or fortification, may also be considered to minimise loss of fish and shellfish biomass, add nutritional and economic value to the chain (including by-products), enhance the shelf life of the products, and reduce food waste.

The projects that will be selected may also address issues of proximity between seafood production and consumption, e.g. by exploring possibilities to turn artisanal fisheries more environmentally friendly and economically viable. Innovative processing possibilities may also be explored.

A strong communication component and a genuine co-creation approach with stakeholders and end users, including from industry, consumers and NGOs, are key for a successful introduction, in the medium-term, of innovative and sustainably produced seafood in the EU and in Horizon Europe associated countries. Training and education activities should be included.

More information on the EC Funding and tender opportunities portal

Integrated and sustainable freshwater bioeconomy: combining aquaculture, biodiversity preservation, biotechnology and other uses | Deadline 23 February 2022

Deadline:  23 February 2022
Budget:  10.000.000 EUR
Countries:  France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Themes

  • Aquaculture

Objective

A successful proposal should support the farm to fork’s strategy objective of a transition to a fair, healthy and resilient European agriculture, notably its objective to promote agroecology, and the target to reduce the overall use and risk of chemical pesticides[1], by unfolding the potential of agroecology to provide alternative weeding strategies that reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides used as herbicides. This will support the transition to sustainable, safe, productive, climate-neutral and resilient farming systems that minimise the pressure on ecosystems while ensuring fair economic returns for farmers.

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Evidence of optimal and innovative combinations of holistic alternative weeding techniques based on agroecological approaches in different European pedo-climatic conditions for a wide range of crops and farming systems, including conventional, organic and mixed farming;
  • Quantitative and qualitative evidence of the social, economic and environmental sustainability and performance, as well as trade-offs, of different alternative weeding strategies across Europe at farm, landscape and regional levels, and in the medium to long term;
  • Robust evidence of factors influencing farmers’ decision-making and improved knowledge co-creation and feedback among actors in the food value chain, resulting in ease of use, end-user acceptance and increased implementation of alternative and holistic weeding strategies based on an integrated use of agroecological approaches;
  • Improved, open access to data on current weed management practices and use of herbicides across several representative European agro-ecosystems.

Scope

Freshwater systems host an immense biodiversity and support a multitude of activities providing livelihoods to inland populations. Lakes, ponds and rivers require a transition to more sustainable and environment-friendly productive ecosystems through optimal water management and planning, mutually benefiting the different ecosystem services by developing economic activities in rural areas, maintaining the biodiversity, and increasing resilience to climate change and water crises.

Aquaculture, in particular integrated multi-trophic or recirculating aquaculture systems, can be key for the development of lakeside and riverside areas as it can be combined with other bio-based activities, such as farming, livestock and the use of hitherto unused naturally produced biomass. Addressing environmental concerns, such as the requirements of the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive, are essential for sustainable growth of freshwater aquaculture. Preserving biodiversity, including health and biosecurity issues, is also key for potential biotechnological applications that should also be explored under this topic.

The Strategic Working Group on Fisheries and Aquaculture (SCAR-Fish) of the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) highlighted in a recent study[1] several issues that urgently need to be explored by research and addressed by innovation, such as climate change-related issues and issues of profitability. Research in this topic should consider the priorities of the SCAR-Fish study.

Strong and active involvement of stakeholders and end-users, including industry and NGOs, in a co-creation approach, is key for the success of the projects that will be selected.

International co-operation with partners from non-associated third countries is strongly encouraged as a win-win scenario, while contributing to the European competitiveness and resilience.

 

More information on the EC funding and tender opportunities portal

Call: HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01-05

Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) calls – Strands 1&2a | 1 february 2022 and 18 October 2022

Deadline:  1st cut off 1st February 2022 /  2nd cut off 18 October 2022 
Budget: 39.795.300 EUR for 2021 and EUR 36.763.277 for 2022
Countries:  France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain

Themes

  • Green Shipping
  • Aquaculture

Objective

Objectives of Green Transition topic

I3 intends to support innovative value chain investments, to boost the economy through green technology and to create sustainable industry/transport. It also intends to provide support to interregional investments in sustainable food systems, sustainable agriculture, clean and efficient energy, sustainable industry, building and renovating, sustainable mobility, eliminating pollution and climate action.

More specific can focus under the following priorities:

  • Business investments  related  to  a  sustainable  blue  economy,  contributing  to the coastal protection
  • Business investments in circular economy to replicate and scale up successful circular economy solutions, which can generate EU added value;
  • Investments in bioeconomy, efficient and sustainable agriculture and forestry, innovation in marine/ maritime and inland water sustainable solutions
  • Innovative investments in decarbonisation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to improve air quality, health and wellbeing;
  • Innovative business investments related to smart, sustainable/efficient transport solutions and/or alternative fuels;

 

Call:

Innovation investments Strand 1 (I32021INV1)

More information: call for proposals/strand 1(pdf)   and on the EISMEA website

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Blue Invest Africa: Call for pitchers open | Deadline 19 December 2021 | Republic of Seychelles

Dates:

  • 5 December 2021 – deadline for pitchers
  • 15-16 March 2022 – Blue Invest Africa
  • 14 March 22 “Behind the Doors” event (for investors, upon invitation only)

 

This event is organised by the European Union in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Seychelles and Under the high patronage of H.E. Wavel Ramkalawan, President of the Republic of Seychelles.

BlueInvest Africa targets the registered African start-up business companies that are already operating in the various sub-sectors of the blue economy; it targets as well the African Small Micro and Medium sized businesses (SMMEs) not yet officially established in an African country but bearing an innovative idea subject to further commercial development within the African market.

For start-up companies and SMMEs, BlueInvest Africa will provide: 

  • A unique opportunity to meet other African project holders and SMMEs engaged in blue actions;
  • A platform for receiving direct advices from several captains of industry operating in Africa;
  • Several side-events on access to financing; award for pitchers; direct contacts with development banks and other financial institutions;
  • Coaching and mentoring sessions, networking at large;

For investors:  

  • Company publicly named and advertised by the event organiser in the blue business;
  • Business opportunities to invest in blue economic projects for sustainable livelihoods;
  • A unique event for appraising the climate of African business;
  • A direct access to the African countries which already geared up their blue business agenda;
  • European and African entrepreneurs for joint future business opportunities.

More information (including the agenda and registration): visit the blueinvest Africa website 

Recovery of coastal and maritime tourism in the Western Mediterranean | Deadline: 12 January 2021

Deadline: 12 January 2021
Budget: 3.875.000 EUR
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

Themes

  • Tourism

Objective

In line with the priorities of the European Commission, this call topic aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the coastal and maritime tourism ecosystem in the Western Mediterranean, as part of a smart and resilient blue economy. This call topic aims at preserving the marine and coastal environment and marine cultural heritage, and contributing to the attractiveness of coastal areas as a unique asset for competitiveness in the Mediterranean.

The action particularly aims at:

  • Supporting tourism stakeholders to tap into the growing ecotourism niche tourism market.
  • Boosting innovation and digitalisation in the tourism sector, thus increasing its contribution to economic growth and jobs in the Mediterranean.
  • Improving the business environment for tourism SMEs, mobilising private-public investments, enhancing socio-economic and market intelligence, diversifying and increasing the visibility of the tourism offer and products.

Scope:

This call topic seeks to support projects that will develop a multidimensional and integrated approach to re-building coastal and maritime tourism (including cruise tourism) in the Western Mediterranean. Proposals will include non-EU countries participating in the initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean (WestMED Initiative) to ensure a coordinated approach at sea basin level.

Call:

Flagship projects promoting a sustainable blue economy through regional maritime cooperation in the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Western Mediterranean (EMFAF-2021-PIA-FLAGSHIP)

More information: Funding & Tenders portal

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Call: Free transnational on-demand access to expertise, training and methodologies related to marine threats and observations in the Mediterranean sea | Deadline: 8 November 2021

sharemed call posterSHAREMED partners are launching this innovative initiative for practical marine research collaboration activities with Mediterranean institutions. This is a unique opportunity to boost your research by taking one or more offers that are presented in this Call for Transnational On-Demand Access. This will match you to a SHAREMED project partner and provide you with expertise, training and sharing of methodologies and operational models and systems.

It is all free, paid to you by SHAREMED.

Just visit our dedicated website directly through www.capemalta.net/sharemed-on-demand

or through the project website  https://sharemed.interreg-med.eu/  to read the details and apply.

Deadline for application is 8th November 2021. Follow the simple online application, click your preferred offer on the list and let the process play. We will contact you and serve your demand.

Eligibility criteria apply and applications will be assessed by a project selection panel.

This is the SHAREMED way of doing capitalisation through sharing and exploiting expertise, technology and know-how by joining efforts and resources to do things together.

For any further information or queries, please contact Prof. Aldo Drago

Coordinator of this capitalisation activity

(aldo.f.drago@gmail.com or aldo.drago@um.edu.mt)

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Meer Wissen call for proposals: strengthening the knowledge base for marine and coastal nature-based Solutions in selected African countries | Deadline: 31 december 2021

Deadline: 31 December 2021
Budget: 360.000 EUR
Countries: Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Themes

  • Governance, ICZM, MSP, data and monitoring (O3)

Objective

Marine Nature-based Solutions (NbS) play a significant role in climate adaptation, coastal protection and climate mitigation, but also food security as well as biodiversity conservation and for safeguarding the livelihoods of coastal populations.

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to improve the knowledge base for marine and coastal NbS and to improve the use and uptake in national strategies and action plans.

More information: visit the Meer Wissen call website