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News article21 March 2024Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

News: Apply to the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s second joint transnational call!

Join the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s second joint transnational call entitled “Unified Paths to a Climate-Neutral, Sustainable, and Resilient Blue Economy: Engaging Civil Society, Academia, Policy, and Industry”. 

The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership, a European partnership under the Horizon Europe Programme, aims to design, steer and support a just and inclusive transition to a regenerative, resilient, and sustainable blue economy. As a result, this EU Partnership intends to boost the transformation needed towards a climate-neutral, sustainable, productive, and competitive blue economy by 2030 while creating and supporting the conditions for a sustainable ocean for the people by 2050.  


What it entails 

This co-funded Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s second joint transnational call aims to support transnational research and innovation projects of 36 months duration, addressing one of the four priority areas below (subject to funded priority areas by participating funding organisations, see Annex)

(1) Digital Twins of the Ocean at the regional sub-basin scale  

(2) Blue economy sectors, development of marine multi-use infrastructures  

(3) Planning and managing sea uses at the regional level   

(4) Blue Bioresources  


Projects in this co-funded call must be impact-driven contributions to the transformation into a blue economy for a more resilient future and towards carbon neutrality targets, following an impact pathway approach (more details can be found here)


Proposals are expected to consider a minimum of two European sea basins and to assess the project proposal’s impact on various basins. Proposals can also target European regional seas such as the Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea, Arctic, Barents Sea, Celtic Sea, etc., but these regional seas must be from a minimum of 2 different European Sea basins, those being the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.  


The Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership’s second joint transnational call pools national and regional financial resources through the participation of 38 funding organisations from 26 countries combined with the contribution from the European Union. The total estimated budget is about EUR 40 million. 


Each consortium must be composed of eligible partners from at least three different countries participating in the call and requesting financial support from at least three different funding organisations participating in the call (more information can be found here)


Additionally, applicants are strongly encouraged to involve stakeholders (i.e., small, and medium enterprises (SMEs), industries, authorities, public administrations, associations, as well as civil society organisations) as partners or self-funded partners (according to national/regional regulations) in their proposal. Stakeholder engagement in the research projects will enhance innovation, policy, and societal relevance and ultimately the impact of the projects.  


How to apply 

APPLY HERE! Applicants have up to 10 April 2024, 15H00 CEST (Brussels Time) to submit their pre-proposals. A first evaluation of pre-proposals will be organised. The deadline to submit full proposals is foreseen for (Provisional) 6 November 2024 CEST (Brussels Time). 


For more information: Regularly check the BluePartnership official website and social media channels or contact sbep [dot] call-secretariatatagencerecherche [dot] fr (sbep[dot]call-secretariat[at]agencerecherche[dot]fr) 


Additional information   

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Publication date
21 March 2024
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries