Second call for Strategic Projects -Enhancing Mediterranean Governance

The Priority Axis 4 aims to contribute to a dialogue on macro regional and sea basin strategies in the Mediterranean and to generate cooperation and consensus raising among Mediterranean regions and participating countries on issues currently lacking common agreements and operational plans.

 Specific objective: To support the process of strengthening and developing multilateral coordination frameworks in the Mediterranean for joint responses to common challenges.

 Specifically, the main objectives of the strategic projects are:

  1. The first strategic project will focus on promoting the use of blue biotechnologies to address the SDGs in the MED and on promoting new value chains and business opportunities.
  2. The second strategic project will focus on promoting the articulation of the collaboration of the quadruple helix actors to address the SDGs in the MED and on improving the governance of innovation policies to increase the coherence among multilevel programs, strategies and initiatives.

 Main focus is on innovation in blue bioeconomy, and the need to improve the capacities of public actors on innovation policies, strategies and actions in the blue bioeconomy

 The strategic projects must contribute:

  • to further improve the capacity of cooperation to add value to the investments already made;
  • to influence the dynamics of territorial development and improvement of the governance tools;
  • to support and create synergies with international initiatives or commitments in the framework of international conventions and agreements;
  • to facilitate and prepare the scale up toward concrete wider and long-term initiatives, beyond the strategic projects themselves, and in Post 2020 perspective.


The submission consists of two main steps:

  •  The Application Form must be validated on SYNERGIE CTE by June 10th, at noon (French time).
  • The upload of the compulsory annexes to SYNERGIE CTE shall be completed by “date of the submission of the proposals assessment to the Monitoring Committee (foreseen on June 22nd)”

In order to submit the proposal, the Lead Partner must request the creation of an account giving access to the Application form on SYNERGIE CTE by sending an e-mail to the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg MED Programme (

The request for the account creation can be sent to the JS until March 27 . Any request made after this date will not be treated.

Project duration

Projects are invited to establish as starting date of the activities on September 1st, 2020 and as ending date June 30th, 2022. The duration of 22 months cannot be exceeded.

Financial allocation

The indicative financial allocation for this Call for Proposals is about 3 M€ in total (ERDF+IPA+national co-financing).
The overall ERDF envelope in the framework of this call is 3.000.000,00 €.
The overall IPA envelope in the framework of this call is 63.000,00 €.
Partners are co-financed at 85%.
Project budget should be between 1.5M€ and 1,6M€ in total (ERDF+IPA+national co-financing), depending on the planned activities and the partnership involved.

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