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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

Mediterranean sea basin lighthouse – coordination activities

Deadline: 12 April, 2022
Budget: € 19.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

  • Governance, ICZM, MSP, data and monitoring (O3)
  • Marine pollution and circular economy (O2/P4)

Objective

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

  • Structuring effect to consolidate and engage a wide community of relevant stakeholders across the Mediterranean sea basin able to ensure an effective governance structure for the achievement of the Mission objectives;
  • An effective governance structure ensuring coherence and alignment of policies, initiatives and actions at EU, national and local level;
  • Well-coordinated activities underpinned by a consistent monitoring framework to assess the implementation and achievement of the Mission objectives;
  • Effective provision of technical services, governance and business models to support and guarantee a sustainable socio-economic development of the Mediterranean sea basin;
  • Well-functioning basin scale innovation ecosystem attractive to investors and businesses;
  • Increased awareness about the Mission and involvement of citizens in its implementation in the Mediterranean sea basin and beyond.

 

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

Mediterranean sea basin lighthouse – actions to prevent, minimise and remediate litter and plastic pollution

Deadline: 12 April, 2022
Budget: € 19.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

  • Marine pollution and circular economy (O2/P4)

Objective

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

  • Reduced pollution from litter, plastic and microplastic, in the Mediterranean Sea basin in line with the objectives of the EU Zero Pollution Plan and the Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean sea against pollution;
  • Reduce beach litter to less than 20 items per 100 meters of coastline in line with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requirement;
  • Accelerated uptake of innovative solutions to prevent and minimize litter, plastic and microplastic pollution;
  • Effective monitoring of marine litter quantities, in line with EU methodologies, such as Single Use Plastics Directive and assessment of the impact of implemented measures;
  • Support WFD and MSFD implementation, which provide indicators and mechanism for assessments and measures to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES);
  • Empowered citizens taking action against pollution.

 

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

Innovation on floating wind energy deployment optimized for deep waters and different sea basins | Deadline 23 February

Deadline:  23 February, 2022
Budget: € 50.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain

Themes

  • Maritime Renewable Energy

Objective

Floating offshore wind has the potential to unleash a new European industrial sector able to deliver clean and sustainable energy. Building from European technological and industrial know-how and harnessing the natural resources of the different sea basins around the European Union, namely the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North-east Atlantic Ocean, there is an opportunity to leverage these conditions into technological leadership, while supporting the goal of climate neutrality.

In this context, project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Development or significant improvement of designs that reduce both CAPEX and OPEX;
  • Deployment and demonstration of advanced full-scale floating wind turbines prototypes, and auxiliary equipment, in operational environment;
  • Allow development of cost-efficient scalable solutions supporting exploitation of the renewable energy offshore potential in challenging conditions, while building upon innovative designs of floating structures and auxiliary equipment;
  • Contribute to LCOE reduction in line with the SET Plan targets (actions should clearly justify an estimated LCOE at project start and end).

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

Seamless safe logistics through an autonomous waterborne freight feeder loop service | deadline: 26 April 2022

Deadline: 26 April, 2022
Budget: € 15.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

  • Shipping and Ports (O2/P4)

Objective

Project outputs and results are expected to contribute concretely to the following expected outcomes as marked (“*”) whilst supporting the overall medium and longer term objectives:

  • Enable seamless safe logistics through an autonomous (or highly automated) waterborne freight feeder loop service for inland waterway and/or maritime transport applications. The autonomous system will provide an integrated, reliable, resilient, predicable fully automated service, also taking into account the interconnection of inland navigation and maritime transport in terms of serving the hinterland.
  • Provide increased legal and regulatory certainty concerning autonomous waterborne services within national maritime and/or inland waters, e.g. concerning COLREGs, national and inter-governmental legislation etc. Expansion to the international dimension where feasible.
  • Moving more freight by water with high levels of safety (taking in account all aspects related to fully autonomous navigation, e.g. manoeuvring, situational awareness, collision avoidance, failsafe operations), reduced environmental impact and contributions to climate neutrality, increased operational resilience and decongested land transport infrastructures.
  • Autonomous waterborne freight feeder services can be taken up by the market on basis of a sound business case. Development of new business models based on autonomous waterborne feeder services within national maritime and/or inland waters.
  • Reduced risk for first movers concerning autonomous waterborne technologies.
  • Improved European competitive advantage within global markets with respected to connected and autonomous shipping as well as broadening expertise across several member states and associated countries.
  • Exploitation of EU satellite navigation and other space based services.
  • Better understanding of the societal issues and consequences of automated shipping services, in particular regarding skills challenges.
  • *Preferably demonstrate the solution at full scale with all technology building blocks in a real world scenario. If full scale demonstration is unfeasible, solutions and key technology building blocks may be validated by means of testing within relevant environments, noting the lower project budget foreseen in this case.

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

Computational tools for shipbuilding | Deadline: 26 April 2022

Deadline: 26 April, 2022
Budget: € 7.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

  • Shipping and ports (O2/P2)

Objective

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

  • Achieve a competitive advantage for European shipbuilders within global markets, particularly for complex high added value vessels.
  • Rapid early ship design (including an AI-based analysis of technical and legal requirements derived from historic data or from a structured feedback loop between builder and operator), underpinning the functional design concept and production cost estimations.
  • Virtual prototyping to increase the reliability of early stage capital cost estimations, particularly taking into account the full range of greening options and innovative (and potentially difficult to cost) technologies such as green power systems (batteries, fuels etc.), the impacts on weight and revenue generating spaces as well as benefits towards operational cost.
  • Provide benefits towards the competitiveness of the wider European shipbuilding sector, beyond single shipyards, through the creation of a fast, flexible and reliable design environment and platform that also includes repair yards. The platform is expected to be based on Industry 4.0 digital technologies and is expected to be fully tested through a dedicated design case as a demonstrator. This should include all relevant design disciplines and focus specifically on the full range of technologies supporting the reduction of emissions, with linkage to highly automated and robotised processes in parts manufacturing, assembly and outfitting with full supply chain integration.
  • Integration of the ship design stages (conceptual, functional, production), considering also supply chain management issues. Demonstration of a future proof ship design concept based on modular architectures that allow for (cost) efficient retrofitting during the ship’s life cycle.
  • Computational shipbuilding tools and data management systems which are resilient to cyber threats.
  • A European workforce that is highly skilled in the deployment and use of advanced computational tools in shipbuilding, particularly with respect to the integration of new technologies.

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

Energy system modelling, optimisation and planning tools | Deadline: 26 April 2022

Deadline: 26 April, 2022
Budget: € 6.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

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

Objective

Projects are expected to contribute to all the following outcomes:

  • Provide regional, national and European public authorities and network operators, with customisable open source models of the components of the energy system, as well as tools to assemble these component models into a model of the energy system integrating the infrastructure related to all energy carriers in a given geographical area, with static and dynamic modelling capabilities.
  • Provide regional, national and European public authorities and network operators, with an open source tool to allow them to better plan and optimise the development of renewable and low emission energy sources and the enhancement of infrastructure (including storage) to meet the future energy needs in a geographical area, while minimising the total investment and operation cost, hence satisfying the future final uses of energy (sometimes used as a feedstock) by consumers, at lowest cost and with better quality of service.

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

Exploiting electrical energy storage systems and better optimising large battery electric power within fully battery electric and hybrid ships (ZEWT Partnership) | Deadline: 26 april 2022

Deadline: 26 April, 2022
Budget: € 16.000.000 EURO
Countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain

Themes

  • Shipping and ports (O2/P2)

Objective

ExpectedOutcome:

Project outputs and results are expected to contribute concretely to the following expected outcomes as marked (“*”) whilst supporting the overall medium and longer term objectives:

  • Contributions to two full scale vessel demonstrators, hybrid and fully electric, by 2027 covering a sailing distance of at least 300 nm in the case of a fully electric vessel.
  • *Development and validation of electrical architectures for large battery systems on-board.
  • *Proof of the safe integration of battery systems into the ship’s electrical grid for a relevant number of ship types (e.g. IWT, short sea vessels, cruise ships, ferries) and operational scenarios.
  • *Verification of the architecture and the power management system for two cases: hybrid and fully electric.
  • *Documentation of skills requirements for the crew.
  • *In the short term, facilitate full battery electric transit for reduced noise and zero emissions on shorter routes (up to 100 nm) and during approach and harbour stay.

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