16 May 2022

EuroMarine 2022 Call for Proposals to Host EuroMarine School on Ocean Transformation

1. EuroMarine and its Objectives

EuroMarine is a member-based network of European marine organisations and research institutes. EuroMarine’s mission is to support the identification and initial development of important emerging scientific topics or issues and associated methodologies in marine sciences, as well as to foster new services relevant to the marine scientific community. As an interdisciplinary, international, collaborative network, EuroMarine plays a crucial role in creating and facilitating funding, training, networking and other opportunities for researchers and organisations working in marine research. In addition to supporting research, the EuroMarine consortium acts as an advocacy organisation for marine science through providing expert advice to support and influence European marine policy and governance. In May 2022, the EuroMarine Consortium launched this call for proposals to host the inaugural EuroMarine School on Ocean Transformation.

2. Call Scope

The EuroMarine School Call is an opportunity to host a training workshop that will equip attendees with new knowledge to address ocean challenges. The EuroMarine School should address one or more of the key priorities and challenges in marine science. In particular, as part of the UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water identifies the most urgent questions still in need of answering and highlights the pathways that will lead us towards a sustainable ocean. Specific SDG14 targets include reducing marine pollution, managing coastal ecosystems, addressing overfishing, developing sustainable approaches to managing ocean resources and developing both marine technology and research capacity.

Furthermore, the European Commission’s EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters initiative outlines the key objectives to restore the health of our ocean, seas and waters by 2030, with three measurable specific goals: 1) to protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, 2) to prevent and eliminate pollution of our ocean, seas and waters and 3) to make the Blue Economy sustainable, carbon neutral and circular.

EuroMarine’s Ocean Frontiers Manifesto responds to these global policies through identifying four key focus areas for the network: (i) Manage ocean complexity, (ii) secure coastal areas, (iii) target ocean and human health, and (iv) protect ocean commons.

The topics addressed in the EuroMarine School should be broad, interdisciplinary and should respond to the context of one or more key policy initiatives and specific EuroMarine objectives outlined above. Content and activities should be inspirational, innovative and in-keeping with the EuroMarine ethos of focusing on emerging and neglected areas of marine research.

Attendance at the EuroMarine School is open to any type or number of participants, both of which must be specified in the application form. Attendees can be from both within and outside of the existing EuroMarine network, although attendance by EuroMarine members should be prioritised. EuroMarine School hosts should engage with the EuroMarine community to ensure that the topics addressed meet the needs and interests of the network. Only one successful application will be funded. The maximum budget available is €25,000.

3. Admissibility Conditions

  • Applications must be submitted in PDF using the application form provided in the call webpage. The structure and presentation must correspond to the instructions given in the form.
  • All sections of the application form must be completed, including the budget table.
  • The limit for a full application is 14 pages (instructions on the number of pages per section are provided in the application form). Applications that exceed the number of pages per section will not be considered.
  • Applications must be readable, accessible and printable.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically to the following emails: director@euromarinenetwork.eu and secretariat@euromarinenetwork.eu. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
  • Applications must be submitted before the specified deadline: 31 August 2022 at 23.59 CEST. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.

4. Eligibility Criteria

4.1: Beneficiaries

  • Proposals should involve at least three 2022 Full (paying) Member Organisations of EuroMarine, from at least two different countries (please refer to the latest 2022 membership and General Assembly representatives lists provided on the call webpage and do not hesitate to contact secretariat@euromarinenetwork.eu for any further information). Beyond this minimal, mandatory networking requirement, EuroMarine particularly welcomes proposals involving organisations that have not (or seldom) co-submitted proposals in the past. Applicants are also encouraged to use the Secretariat to advertise their topic and/or seek new potential co-applicants among the EuroMarine membership.
  • Applicants are welcome to involve any relevant EuroMarine Invited Member Organisations from developing countries. Proposals can also involve organisations outside the EuroMarine network.

4.2 : Eligible Activities

  • The EuroMarine School should preferably be conducted in 2023 or 2024; any desired exemption should be requested and justified in the proposal. Applicants are invited to specify the duration of the school.
  • Activities may include (but are not limited to) lectures, workshops, on-site visits, field trips and lab-based research.
  • The topics addressed in the EuroMarine School should be broad, interdisciplinary and should respond to the context and challenges outlined in one or more of the key policy initiatives and specific EuroMarine objectives detailed in the Call Scope above.
  • EuroMarine particularly welcomes School proposals that address the Ocean Transformation Challenges in a cross-disciplinary way, including cross-links in socio-ecological challenges such as overfishing; marine automation and technologies for ocean observation; science diplomacy; management of the ocean commons and other related topics.

Note: Physical (in-person) activities are preferred, and applicants should plan for in-person to be the primary mode of delivering the activities. Activities may also include a hybrid option for some participants who cannot attend in person. Activities may be converted to online-first delivery if required by current Covid19 public health guidance at the time of the EuroMarine School.

5. Award Criteria

EuroMarine School applications will be evaluated by members of the EuroMarine Steering Committee. Each application will be allocated a total score out of 15, with a maximum of 5 marks available for each of the following three criteria. The threshold for each criterion is 4/5 with a minimum overall threshold of 12/15:

  1. Excellence: Merit and innovative nature of the proposed EuroMarine School; ability to address cross-disciplinarity; ability to identify solutions for Ocean challenges.
  2. Impact: added-value to EuroMarine (i.e., to what degree a proposal addresses EuroMarine priorities and favours the integration of the EuroMarine community, including the number of member organisations involved; enhancing the EuroMarine network visibility at EU and international scale).
  3. Implementation: Capacity and role of each applicant, and the extent to which the application team as a whole brings together the necessary expertise. Quality and effectiveness of the EuroMarine School organisation and use of resources. Measures to reach and support participants from both the EuroMarine network and other organisations.

6. Eligible Costs

All direct costs incurred in connection with the organisation of the EuroMarine School, and necessary for its implementation, are eligible if they are reasonable and justified. This includes (among others):

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for trainers
  • Scholarships/fellowships for participants
  • Room renting (including equipment)
  • Communication and dissemination material
  • Catering

For hybrid events with participants attending remotely, additional costs for necessary equipment (e.g., web camera) or platform subscriptions (e.g., Zoom licence) may also be included. However, as outlined above, please note that physical (in-person) activities are preferred where possible. Please contact the EuroMarine Secretariat if you have any queries about physical vs., online activities. Staff costs (i.e., fees for trainers or salary costs for organisational staff) and indirect costs /administrative fees are not eligible. Applicants must include a detailed budget description as part of their application. The maximum budget available is €25,000. Please refer to the terms and conditions of funding for further details on eligibility criteria, eligible costs and constraints linked to funding.