The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call, with a total budget of €18.7 million. The call focuses on 3 topics: Blue Labs (Topic 1), Blue Careers (Topic 2) and Blue Economy (Topic 3). Applicants can receive up to 80% co-financing for their project (65% for a Blue Economy topic).
The first call, Blue Labs, is aimed at promoting innovative "laboratories" to pilot new and economically viable solutions addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities. The focus of this action is to support young scientists supported by experienced researchers, industry and local stakeholders, to team up and develop innovative technologies, products and services in support of a sustainable blue economy, preserving marine resources and ecosystems.
The second call, Blue Careers, will promote innovative approaches to strengthen the cooperation between industry and education in order to bridge the gap between skills' offer and demand.
The third call, Blue Economy, aims to support demonstration projects based on innovative technologies testing/deploying/scaling-up of new industrial or service applications and solutions for the blue economy.