Current open calls

Open calls are listed by programs.

 

Towards local community-driven business models: regenerative ocean farming | Deadline: 27 September 2022

Deadline: 27 September, 2022
Budget: €3.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

 

Objective

This topic aims at supporting the development of sustainable locally-led initiatives for regenerative ocean farming, accelerating their uptake, anticipating and planning necessary future investments. Activities will focus on assessing the technical and operational feasibility as well as the economic viability of site-specific community-driven regenerative ocean farming initiatives.

The “community-driven” approach under this topic puts strong emphasis on skills and capacity of coastal communities and relevant actors to manage the natural resources they depend upon in a sustainable way, as well as on the establishment of partnerships and cooperation to build local expertise and enhance knowledge that will support the community. This, in turn, will contribute to preserve and protect marine and coastal habitats, build climate change resilience, develop livelihood opportunities and stimulate investments.

Activities under this topic will, therefore, contribute to the achievement of Mission Objective 3 “Making the blue economy sustainable, carbon neutral and circular” by fostering technological, socio-economic and human-centric transformations in “blue” sectors in Europe whilst protecting and preserving blue natural capital (Mission Objective 1).

Regenerative ocean farming is a form of mariculture that involves restoration and regeneration[1] of seaweed forest habitats and/or other marine habitats in nearshore or offshore ocean environment, following sustainable mariculture principles such as marine permaculture, with zero feeds and fertilisers inputs in the system, with the effect of sequestration of carbon and nutrients and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Regenerative ocean farming may include seaweed and/or combinations of seaweed, shellfish and/or other low trophic organisms.

Proposals will address all key issues concerning the technical, organisational, financial, environmental and socio-economic feasibility of new community-driven regenerative ocean farming initiatives in at least three sites, each located in a different Mission sea basin[1] and will:

  • demonstrate the technical and operational feasibility of site-specific regenerative ocean farming, with a focus on innovation and on sustainable and low impact harvesting methods and technologies;
  • demonstrate the social and economic viability and relevance of regenerative ocean farming for related local communities;
  • identify challenges and barriers, including legislative, regulatory and standard related issues, to the implementation of regenerative ocean farming and propose possible solutions;
  • assess the site-specific socio-economic impact of community-driven regenerative ocean farming;
  • assess market potential along the value chain and identify possible end-users/applications;
  • assess the capacity of related ecosystem services to generate socio-economic value;
  • develop and implement training and skill development actions involving local communities.

 

More information on the EC Funding and Tender opportunities website

Interreg Euro-Med Call 2: Smarter and Greener Mediterranean | Deadline 27 October 2022

Deadline: 27 October, 2022
Budget: €293 million euro total (235 million from the EU via Interreg funds, 60 million euros via national funds)
Countries: France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Portugal

 

Objective

The call is targeted to thematic projects focused on the “Smarter and Greener Mediterranean” Programme priorities and their related specific objectives:

1. Smarter Mediterranean:
• 1.1 “Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies”.

2. Greener Mediterranean:
• 2.6 “Promoting the transition to a circular and resource-efficient economy”,
• 2.4 “Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system-based approaches”,
• 2.7 “Enhancing protection and conservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure including in urban areas and reducing all forms of pollution”.

The call adresses:

  • 3 types of projects: study, test and transfer projects. You can find a definition of the project types here.
  • All the thematic missions tackled by the Programme. For this reason, the candidates must choose one mission to focus their project on. There is one term of reference per mission.

We highly recommend you to read the Cooperation Programme and the Programme Manual in the Documents & Tools section to learn more about the Programme’s priorities and missions.

More information and an overview of informational sessions on the Interreg Euro-Med website

Mediterranean sea basin lighthouse – Actions to prevent, minimise and remediate chemical pollution | deadline 27 September 2022

Deadline: 27 September, 2022
Budget: €17.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

 

Objective

In line with the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan for Air, Water and Soil, proposals should demonstrate scalable breakthrough innovations (technological, business, social and governance) to prevent and minimize marine and freshwater pollution from chemical pollutants. Following the zero pollution hierarchy, proposals should focus on demonstrating replicable solutions to prevent and minimise pollution in the Mediterranean Sea including its major river catchment areas and taking into consideration land-sea interactions through measures, such as:

  • Upstream prevention of pollution from chemicals;
  • Substitutes or alternative less polluting substances and materials for the most prevalent chemical pollutants found in freshwater and at sea.

Proposed solutions for pollution prevention, elimination and remediation should not increase the level of anthropogenic underwater noise and air emissions.

Proposed solutions should be in line with the EU taxonomy regulation and delegated acts.

Proposals must:

  • Carry out demonstration activities in 3 different Member States and/or Associated Countries of the Mediterranean sea basin, involving and including in the consortium entities from these three countries;
  • Identify areas and locations where the solutions are replicable and draw up an action plan and roadmap to replicate and scale up the pollution solutions and actions.

More information on the EC Funding and Tender opportunities website

Marine litter and pollution – Smart and low environmental impact fishing gears | Deadline 27 september 2022

Deadline: 27 September, 2022
Budget: €10.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

 

Objective

Proposals under this topic are expected to identify a set of suitable innovative smart and sustainable solutions to be tested, validated and demonstrated in real conditions, to address negative impacts of fishing gears on marine life and habitats and promote long-term sustainability in our ocean and seas.

Interdisciplinary approaches and close cooperation between researchers, fishing industry, fisheries managers and other stakeholders will be fundamental to the development, introduction and acceptance of innovative, smart and sustainable fishing technologies.

Proposals are expected to address one of the following issues:

  • Circular aspects: design cost-effective and sustainable fishing gears applying a life-cycle approach, using environmentally-friendly materials (e.g. recycled, recyclable, biodegradable, durable, upgradable) and including recycling and reusing opportunities of end-of-life gears and recovered ghost gears;
  • Environmental impacts: reducing harmful impacts of fishing gears on marine fauna, habitats and seabed: e.g. minimizing pollution including from hazardous chemicals and microplastics; reducing negative effects on sensitive and endangered species by reducing bycatches and ghost fishing and through improving mapping, tracking and recovery of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears. All proposals should also take into account selectivity requirements of the fishing gears. In addition, all proposals should address emission reduction objectives, including energy efficiency and resources consumption in gear manufacturing process and in fishing operations.

Each project will test in real conditions at least three sustainable, cost-effective and innovative solutions developed under EU, national, regional programmes or privately funded, for sustainable and low-impact fishing gears (e.g.: Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020; LIFE, the EU Maritime, Fishery and Aquaculture Fund – EMFAF and its predecessor) as well as outcomes of EU funded projects (e.g.: NetTag[1]; Oceanets[2], Bluenet[3], marGnet[4], Biogeras[5]). These three solutions will either address environmental impacts of fishing gears or the circular aspects of fishing gears and use of sustainable materials.

Awareness raising actions should be included to provide users of fishing gear containing plastic proper information about, for example, the availability of re-usable alternatives and re-use systems, appropriate waste management options available and best practices, as well as about the plastic content in fishing gear.


For more information visit the EC funding and tender opportunities site

Women in the Blue Economy | Deadline 22 September 2022

Deadline: 22 September, 2022
Budget: €2.500.000 EURO
Countries: France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Italy

 

Objective

This call for proposals has the following main objectives:

  1. to increase the participation and representation of women in the different sectors of the sustainable blue economy
  2. to increase knowledge and collect data on women’s contribution to the sustainable blue economy so as to efficiently foster and mainstream gender equality;
  3. to promote and advance gender equality in the sustainable blue economy (e.g., countering gender stereotypes, conscious and unconscious bias, promoting equal pay, addressing poor working conditions, etc.) including through promoting blue career opportunities to girls from early education;
  4. to promote women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and participation in governance structures and decision-making mechanisms of public and/or private organisations of the sustainable blue economy;

The actions funded under this call will help sustainable blue economy sectors e.g; fisheries, aquaculture, shipbuilding, maritime transport, offshore renewable energy, blue bioeconomy, inland and offshore aquaculture, etc., to embrace a deep and structural change to facilitate and promote the inclusion of women in the wider maritime economy.

 

More informaton – funding and tenders section of the ec.europa.eu website

Student and school activities for the promotion of education on ‘blue’ sustainability and the protection of marine and freshwater ecosystems

Deadline: 27 September, 2022
Budget: €3.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco Portugal, Spain, Tunisia

Objective:
Previous studies and pilot projects indicate that youth and school mobilisation and engagement and ocean and water literacy activities need to be linked with clearly defined goals and be focused on concrete actions and projects. Mission “Restore our ocean and waters by 2030” offers the opportunity to develop and implement projects by the students themselves, with the support and contribution of their schools, teachers and wider community, based on the established principles and practices of ocean literacy and the general framework on education for sustainability. These projects are expected to contribute, beyond being a pre-requisite for accreditation under the Network of European Blue Schools, to the implementation of Mission objectives.

Proposals under this topic will address the following:

  • In cooperation with the Network of European Blue Schools established under the EU4Ocean coalition, expand and broaden the ocean and water literacy programmes for primary and secondary schools within the European Union and in the Associated Countries to allow them to become agents for change and sustainability of the ocean, seas and waters;
  • Expand the Network of European Blue Schools further to all European Union Member States and to any Associated Countries, coastal or landlocked, and increase links between the established Blue Schools and other primary and secondary schools invite other primary and secondary schools aspiring to become accredited members of the European Network of Blue Schools through the development of common activities (i.e.: twinning projects, etc.) and through the sharing of their experiences;
  • Promote the Mission, its objectives and activities in primary and secondary schools in the European Union and Associated Countries; promote methodologies of Open Schooling, engaging with the community and communication of project results, as important aspects of citizens participation and promotion of Mission objectives;
  • Develop a pipeline of student and school projects implementing the Mission objectives and engaging and mobilising students, teachers and schools for the Mission and monitoring the progress of their implementation;
  • Provide technical assistance and expertise for the proposed projects implementing the Mission objectives and expand ocean and water literacy and education for ocean and water sustainability;
  • Highlight the contribution of student and school projects to achieving the Mission objectives through dissemination campaigns.


For more information visit the EC funding and tender opportunities site

Appel a Propositions de Financement en Cascade de la société Civile (Tunisie) | Deadline 30 Mai 2022

Deadline/ Date limite: 30 mai 2022, 2022
Budget: € 10.000 EURO (environ cinq (5) financements d’un montant maximal de 10.000)
Countries/ Pays:  Tunisia, Lebanon

Topic: Maritime Spatial Planning, Governance

Objective

Le objectif principal de cet appel à propositions de financement en cascade est d’impliquer les organisations de la société civile (OSC) locales dans la gestion et le développement durable des ASPIM (Aires Spécialement Protégées d’Importance Méditerranéenne ) et de leurs environs, par le biais d’un soutien financier à la mise en œuvre d’activités sur le terrain, comme l’élaboration et mise en œuvre de programmes de surveillance écologique et/ou socio-économique, l’organisation d’un événement de sensibilisation à la surveillance dans les ASPIM, la préparation de courtes vidéos et d’autres supports visuels pour la diffusion des résultats, des activités de développement durable, en particulier le tourisme durable, l’organisation d’événements pilotes sur le tourisme durable dans les ASPIM, etc.

L’appel comprend environ cinq (5) financements d’un montant maximal de 10.000 € chacune qui seront attribués aux OSC des régions de Sfax (Tunisie). 

  • Environ deux (2) financements en cascade sont destinés à impliquer les OSC locales dans la gestion de l’ASPIM de la réserve naturelle des îles Kneiss en Tunisie participant au jumelage des ASPIM dans le cadre du projet ENSERES.
  • Environ 3 financements en cascade sont destinés à impliquer les OSC locales de la ville de Sfax (et des municipalités environnantes) dans le développement durable des activités socio-économiques et la GIZC dans les zones côtières des villes susmentionnées.

La date limite pour cet appel est le 30 mai 2022, 12h (heure de Tunisie)

Pour plus de détails, les critères d’éligibilité et les documents de candidature, veuillez télécharger le dossier de candidature.

Pour toute autre question, vous pouvez envoyer un e-mail au plus tard 15 jours avant la date limite de dépôt des candidatures aux adresses e-mail suivantes enseres@uma.es et saba.guellouz@spa-rac.org, en indiquant clairement le référence de l’appel à sous-subventions.

Rejoignez la session d’information en personne le 13 mai 2022 entre 9.30 – 13.30, Concorde Hôtel Sfax Centre, Av. Habib Bourguiba, Sfax 3000

Le projet ENSERES est cofinancé par l’Union Européenne dans le cadre du Programme IEV CTF Bassin Maritime Méditerranée 2014-2020. L’ENSERES a une durée de 24 mois, avec un budget total de 1,1 M€, dont 1M€ (90%) sont financés par l’Union Européenne.

Call for applications – Emerging Mediterranean | Deadline: 15 May 2022

Deadline: 15 may, 2022
Budget: € 5.000 EURO (grant per winner project)/ bootcamp for 30 startups that apply
Countries: Algeria,  Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya

 

Objective

Emerging Mediterranean announces, on Monday 11 April 2022, a new call for applications for its third cycle.

Launched in 2020, this acceleration programme is aimed at entrepreneurs with high social and environmental impacts from the southern shore of the Mediterranean. Eligible are those established in Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya and working on the themes of e-health, agritech, mobility, edutech, environment, social and solidarity economy or female entrepreneurship.

For more informaton – visit the call website from emerging mediterranen

 

 

The relation of young generations with the sea and water: values, expectations, and engagement

Deadline: 12 April, 2022
Budget: € 9.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

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

Objective

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

  • Provide input and evidence-based outcomes for shaping future initiatives, policies and strategies that address societal changes, future needs and expectations of young generations with regard to the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems and enhance ocean literacy among them;
  • Better understanding of the connection of young generations with the ocean, seas and waters, ultimately leading to new products and services, thus supporting the innovative potential of marine/maritime related sectors;
  • Provide insights and help sketch social interaction blueprints for novel participatory approaches and networking opportunities, aiming to bring the younger generation closer to the sea and water and create or fortify their emotional link with it;
  • Contribute to the objectives of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

 

More information:  funding and tenders section of the ec.europa.eu website

Underlying models for the European Digital Twin Ocean

Deadline: 12 April, 2022
Budget: € 9.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

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

Objective

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

  • A suite of models, including at least a high-resolution global ocean circulation model and coastal models at the land-sea interface ready for configuration and simulation;
  • Interoperable standards and APIs so that the twin models can be interfaced with Copernicus models (coupling, forcing, boundary conditions, …) or external models (hybrid twins) and run in conjunction;
  • Enhanced on-demand ocean forecasting and ocean climate prediction capacities;
  • Scientific toolboxes to be used in a (co-)working virtual environment;
  • Improved capability to support EU legislation on the marine environment;
  • Capacity to support the three priorities of the Mission (biodiversity, zero pollution, zero carbon) and supporting the lighthouses;
  • A sustainable and integrated set of models and services that contribute to and benefit from developments in the Digital Europe Programme, contributing to Destination Earth;
  • Significant contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The outputs of the project should rely on the state of art of science in ocean modelling and digital tools, existing assets at EU level (e.g. from EuroGOOS, Copernicus, EMODnet, Regional Sea Conventions, etc.) and EU and international data management standards.

 

More information:  funding and tenders section of the ec.europa.eu website