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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

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

L’appel à candidatures du programme Emerging Mediterranean | Date limite: 15 mai 2022

Date limite: 15 may, 2022
Budget: € 5.000 EURO (Une bourse de 5 000 € par lauréat)/ bootcamp for 30 startups that apply
Pays: Algerie,  Mauritanie, Maroc, Tunisie, Libye

 

Objective

Accélérer l’Innovation Positive en Méditerranée

Soutenu par l’Agence Française de Développement et le Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères, EMERGING Mediterranean est le programme d’accélération d’EMERGING Valley en Méditerranée. Destiné aux entrepreneurs à forts impacts sociaux et environnementaux, le programme a été conçu pour identifier, accélérer et nourrir le plaidoyer des startups méditerranéennes de la « Tech For Good », et porte l’ambition de créer une communauté de leaders du digital à impact.

Le programme est ouvert à toutes les startups des pays du 5+5, côté Rive Sud : Algérie, Libye, Maroc, Mauritanie et Tunisie.

EMERGING Mediterranean est un programme complet, qui allie support financier, accompagnement pédagogique, networking et visibilité, et dont les atouts au bénéfice des entrepreneurs sont nombreux : mentorat sur-mesure et personnalisé, accompagnement levée de fonds, préparation au scale-up, accélération de l’innovation sociale et inclusive, networking, échanges entre pairs, leadership…

Il récompense 6 startups – un lauréat par pays et un lauréat du Prix Spécial Entrepreneuriat Féminin, qui auront délivré les meilleurs pitch au cours du parcours de formation dispensé par le programme.

 

En lire plus:  https://emergingmediterranean.co/

 

 

 

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

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